Walking History Tours

Walking History was a series of live tours which took place during autumn 2009, reconnecting us to the city and remembering diverse cultural happenings from the very personal perspectives of our specially invited guests. To really grasp the history of greenroom we need to understand its part in the greater web of cultural activity that flows across the city of Manchester, so Walking History set out to retrace the roots of Manchester’s cultural history to look at some of the ‘scenes’ that dominated the city during the last 5 decades.

Whilst the live tours have been and gone, we invite you to take your own tour by downloading the MP3s and maps on the pages following:

Stepping Out: The Roots of Entertainment and Popular Culture in Manchester

Walking History Tour by Tosh Ryan

The first in a series of walks reconnecting us to the city, this was an MP3 Sound Walk which took place on 24 September 2009:

The voice of Tosh Ryan travels back in time to the optimistic post second world war era, to the beginnings of the revolution that was to put Manchester at the centre of the cultural landscape of Britain.

greenroom: Sphere of Influence

A live walking tour which took place on Sat 17th October 2009.

What was the cultural scene in Manchester when greenroom began in 1983? Take a tour of our former peripatetic homes with Jeremy Shine, co-founder of greenroom and renowned innovator of spectacular performance in our city with Streets Ahead.


photographic images by Jex Hawksley

Women Have Got Trains to Catch

A light-hearted reflection on the 1980s feminist cultural revolution from the point of view of Manchester’s very own award winning female double act Lip ServiceWomen Have Got Trains to Catch is a performance walk, exploring memories, venues and sketches from days gone by…


photographic images by Jex Hawksley