12 Noon Meet in the City Art Gallery Café, Mosley Street, for lunch (self-service £12). See one of more of the galleries, and enjoy a private view of the ‘Manchester Duccio’. The Gallery itself was built in 1830.

2.00 pm Walk from St Peter’s Square (Manchester Central Library, 1934, Free Trade Hall, 1855, site of Peterloo Massacre, 1819) to Albert Square (Manchester Town Hall, 1877, John Rylands Library, 1899, and on to St. Anne’s Square (St. Anne’s Church, 1712, Royal Exchange Theatre, 1921 and 1976, Manchester Cathedral, 15 th Century and later, and Chetham’s Library, 1420s. The whole walk will be about a mile with most building viewed from the outside only: we will see inside the Cathedral and Chetham’s Library, and perhaps one or two other places if time allows.

4.30 pm Taxi to Midland Hotel, 1903, St. Peter’s Square for full afternoon tea.

6.00 pm Walk to the Portico Library, 1806, Mosley Street for the lecture by Dr. Alan Rawes: ‘Byron’s Venice: The revel of the earth, the masque of Italy. Sponsored by the Byron Society. The lecture will be followed by a drink reception.

8.30 pm Taxi to Sam’s Chop House, a traditional Manchester eatery near Albert Square for a 2 course dinner, with ale/wine. Lunch, taxi, tea, ticket to lecture and reception, and dinner: cost of £70 per head. Travel to Manchester and overnight accommodation not included and to be arranged by the individual.

It is, of course, open to members to join for just part of the day, or attend the lecture and reception

alone (the latter would cost £9 a head).

Please let me know as soon as possible, and in any event by 10 April, if you would like to attend.

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