Next Meeting

Monday 15th April 2019

‘‘The Towers Estate’’ with Diana Leitch


As the season of talks draws to a close, Diana Leitch will run through the history of ‘The Towers Estate’ aka ‘The Shirley institute, in Didsbury’. Looking in particular at its role in the making of Manchester and the scientific discoveries made there. The house was built for John Edward Taylor, founder of the Manchester Guardian, and was sold in 1874 to the engineer, Daniel Adamson. The decision to build the Manchester Ship Canal was taken in the drawing room of the house by Adamson and a group of associates in 1882. The house and its estate were bought in 1920 for the use of the newly established British Cotton Industry Research Association.But why the Shirley Institute. Don’t go wandering of now, to find out, leave it until the evening!

The architectural historian Sir Nikolaus Pevsner called 'The Towers' “the grandest of all Manchester mansions”.

Diana is Trustee of the Catalyst Science Discovery Centre and Museum, Widnes

The talk will be preceded by a short AGM. The evening will end with cake to accompany tea and coffee.