Cholera swept through Manchester almost 200 years ago. Sanitising the Working Class explores a slice of hidden Mancunian history.
Cholera swept through Manchester almost 200 years ago. Thousands of people were buried in cholera pits around modern-day Victoria Station and Angel Meadow – and thousands more only survived because they drank beer instead of water.
At this fascinating seminar, a host of local academics and other experts will discuss issues such as migration, sanitation, infection and the ways in which our understanding of diseases such as cholera have affected historic and contemporary representations of the working classes at home and abroad.
Sanitising the Working Class has been devised by Contact Young Curators, five emerging local artists brought together by MIF and Contact, who have been invited by Chim↑Pom to create and present a programme of special events to accompany A Drunk Pandemic.
This event takes place at Victoria Station Tunnels
Victoria Station Tunnels, Station Approach, Todd Street, M3 1WY
Commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival and Contact.
Photo: Leslie Kee © Chim↑Pom