researching the complex cartographic histories of Manchester. The
aim is to understand the nature of cartographic representations, how
they are enrolled in managing complex urban practices, and their work in envisioning the
city and city life. Some of the core themes that interest us include:
- mapping engaged to plan and manage 'hidden' urban infrastructures like water supply and sewage disposal,
- mapping enrolled to imagines future urban developments and provides rhetorical tools to promote new planning strategies,
- mapping that is fun and playful,
- mapping for governing people and policing their behaviour and moral character,
- mapping in everyday contexts, for all manner of mundane tasks,
as part of scientific inscription practices that seek to make
'problems' of city management soluable (e.g., health, pollution, etc).
Over the last couple of year we conducted primary research in various archives and map
collections in Manchester and beyond to develop the themes for an informative and intellectually-driven public exhibitions, Mapping Manchester.
Research continues and more cartographic
materials are being gathered for several academic and popular articles
and a comprehensive book in the near future. We hope the book
will appeal to several audiences - those interested in Manchester, in
nature of mapping and visual representation and how urban histories are
made real through certain representations that circulate and work in
world. The research is certainly turning up a range of fascinating maps and plans.
Who is involved
The research is being undertaken by Chris Perkins and Martin Dodge,
within the Department of Geography, University of Manchester, and in
collaboration with Richard Brook at the Manchester School of
Architecture. The research is also benefiting from the help of two
professional cartographers (Graham Bowden and Nick Scarle) in the Cartographic Unit at the University of Manchester and ready access to the largest map library in the region in the John Rylands Library which is helpfully staffed by Donna Sherman.
Research is presently drawing on the major historical resources
available within Manchester City Council's Central Library in their
Archives and Local Studies sections, Chetham's Library, as well as the vast collection in the John Rylands University Library.
Comments and suggestions are most welcome, please email Martin: m.dodge(at)manchester.ac.uk .
- Public exhibition Mapping Manchester: Cartographic Stories of the City. Rylands Library, Deansgate, 24th June 2009 - 28th March 2010:
- Infra_MANC: Infrastructures of Post-war Manchester. A public exhibition co-curated by Richard Brook and Martin Dodge and held in the RIBA Foyer and CUBE Gallery in February-March 2012. A full illustrated exhibition catalogue was produced.
- Cartographic resources on Manchester:
A sample of maps we featured in the Mapping Manchester exhibition.
|Time Zone Map, 1914. Produced by Manchester City Council tramways department.
(Courtesy of Manchester City Archives and Local Studies Library)
||Small portion of a detailed housing condition map. It was published in this book: T.R. Marr, Housing Conditions in Manchester and Salford (1904, Sherratt & Hughes at the University Press).
You can browse a nice scan of the full map usefully layered onto Google Maps base from here. The full text of Marr's book is also available from the Internet Archive.
||The Drink Map of Manchester, 1889.
(Courtesy of Manchester Geographical Society)
Last update: 20th October 2013.