11th August 2020, 2:15pm


The Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society would like to announce that we fully support the principles of the Black Lives Matter movement.  The Society was formed in 1781 and has a long and varied history which we now feel it is vital to explore and reflect upon in a meaningful way.


In the 1700s, the prosperity the thriving textile industry brought to Manchester was built on the back of slavery; but the city’s outrage at the slave-trade led to local anti-slavery campaigners playing a key part in the abolition of slavery in 1833.  We are planning a public research project to explore the Society’s connections to Manchester’s complex history around this time and would welcome expressions of interest from MA students with a keen interest in this period.  We are particularly interested in hearing from young researchers of BAME heritage and this will be a paid position. 


For more information please contact our office: admin@manlitphil.ac.uk