This Saturday, we are delighted to be hosting this year’s Broadside Day – an annual one-day conference for people interested in Street Literature in all its fascinating aspects. On show will be broadsides, chapbooks, songsters, woodcuts, engravings, last dying speeches, catchpennies, wonder-tales, almanacs, fortune-tellers, moral tracts, reading-made-easy alphabets, and all kinds of cheap printed material which was sold to ordinary people in city streets, at country fairs, and from pedlars’ packs up and down the country in past centuries.
Manchester was one of the most important centres for the production of street literature in the 19th century. In recognition of this, speakers who can present topics specifically related to the trade in the Northwest have been invited.
We’ll be getting broadsides from or own collection to display, a number of which are pictured here.