Art Treasures in detail

At the time of the Art Treasures exhibition of the United Kingdom in 1857, Manchester was a city undergoing great change — its population had rocketed and its economy was moving from an era of industrial production to one of trade. Already known throughout the world for its cotton trade, the Art Treasures exhibition marked Manchester's confident emergence onto the cultural world stage.

Follow the links below to learn about life in Manchester in 1857, discover more about the music at the exhibition and read comments from some of its more illustrious visitors.