Monday, 26 September 2011

_heritage open days - the portico library

Sign above Charlotte Street entrance

view from the corner of moseley street and charlotte street

border on the inside of the entrance staircase

The 11th of September saw the Portico Library open to the general public as part of English Heritage's Heritage Open Days events so I thought I would meander across town to see inside this hidden gem of Manchester's built history.

Sunday, 11 September 2011

_midland bank, king street, manchester

Detail from King Street facade after recent refurbishment.

Edwin Lutyens, 1933-35

Monday, 5 September 2011

_urban exploration / urbex/ ue

Urban Exploration, UrbEx or UE is the practice of ‘going places you’re not supposed to go’, places that are inaccessible and off-limits. The buildings and spaces that this exploration takes place within, on, or around can be categorised loosely into two categories, both of which are based around inaccessibility; the first are the buildings and spaces that are functioning and occupied. However, the parts of these buildings and spaces that are explored are inaccessible due to the control of the owner/occupiers. Explorers cross lines based on the private ownership of a building or space, the opening hours of it, the rules set out by those concerned with building laws and regulations and by the operators who designate front of house from back of house.

exploration of albert hall, manchester, 28 days later