Address: Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6ER
Opening time: everyday from 10am to 5 pm except Thursday from 10 am to 9 pm.
Duration: between 1 and 2 hours
The Whitworth Gallery is part of the University of Manchester and has just reopened its doors last year after several years of renovation. Historically, the Gallery was opened in 1889 in memory of the industrialist Sir Joseph Whitworth. The aim of this project was to create a place where “people of all social classes” could meet, and also “act for the perpetual gratification of the people of Manchester”.
The Whitworth Gallery owns a huge collection of textiles due to the fact that the founders of the gallery, who were famous merchants, used to bring textile samples from all around the world in order to influence the market in Manchester. The collection is situated in the main room of the gallery.
The exhibitions change regularly which allow the visitor to always find something new to see.
What did I like?
I enjoyed the room created in honour of Tibor Reich. Originally from Budapest, he arrived in Britain in 1937 and opened a textile factory in 1947. He was famous for his multi-coloured tapestries and interior decorations. He designed the carpets and seats of the Concorde plane. The exhibition finished at the end of August 2016.
I loved the Nico Vascellari room. This room was dark with some mirrors in the middle and projectors in the corners, which provided a beautiful lighting effect. The atmosphere of this room was very relaxing and I could have stayed for hours just watching this spectacle. The exhibition finished in September 2016.
It is possible to finish the visit with a walk in the garden and the park. During our visit the park was hosting a festival with Indian dancers and people exhibiting their artwork.
Why to go there?
–To learn more about the textile industry in Manchester and in the world.
-To have a lunch or afternoon tea in the restaurant.