Here is some information on what the Society continues to do, and some suggestions how the Society’s resources may add to your interest in the local area.

Lecture Series

We are going to take a decision in early August on whether to go ahead with the lecture series this autumn. The pandemic means that social distancing is going to be necessary for many more months, and Cross Street Chapel is certainly not suitable for gatherings of more than say 20 people. Simply travelling into Manchester by public transport also presents difficulties, and many lecturers may not be willing to come and talk to us. Further information will be posted on this website and mailed to people on the mailing and emailing lists.

Making your daily exercise walk in your local area more interesting

Essays in Manchester Geographies have information about areas including Barton Airport, Chorlton, Little Lever, Salford Quays, Saddleworth and the Bollin, Irk and Mersey Rivers.

The Exploring Greater Manchester guides have information on areas including Didsbury, Castlefield, Salford Quays, Cheetham Hill, Little Ireland, Angel Meadow, the Mersey Valley, Lower and Higher Broughton and the Rochdale and the Bolton and Bury Canals.

Many issues of Northwest Geography contain interesting articles on the local area.

The following local websites may also be of interest:

But please be aware that many routes (including pavements and canal towpaths) are narrow and may make it difficult to maintain 2 metre distancing, and using public transport also presents problems.

Manchester Geographical Society’s Map Collection

Work is paused on the Manchester Geographical Society’s Map Collection in the John Rylands Library until we can access the collections again. Continued funding will be reviewed in the autumn.  However, we are still working on the project in other ways such as promoting the material and developing processes which will allow us to import records into the online library catalogue. See ‘What We Do’ for more information.


The Society will continue to support research and graduate students where possible.