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Publication dateNovember 2007 MBC026 Mersey People: The Businesswoman The Mersey and its people – for hundreds of years it has been impossible to say which influences the other most. Without the river there would have been no port, no merchants, no ferries, no shipbuilding. Many of the towns and cities that were the cradle of the industrial revolution wouldn’t exist, and countless lives defined by their relationship to the water would have been lived differently. But the river, too, has been shaped by its people. Dredged, bridged and canalised, its natural flow has been changed to better serve us. It has been polluted by industry, and revived by a clean-up campaign that is the envy of the world. With the Mersey in the midst of a renaissance, many 21st century lives are still entwined with it, whether for employment, recreation or inspiration. From ferrymen to cabinet ministers, policement to anglers, their stories tell the tale of the Mersey, the river that changed the world. For more information visit: http://www.riverthatchangedtheworld.com/mersey In this episode Sara Wilde discusses the importance of the Mersey and its maritime history for the regeneration of Liverpool and Merseyside. Publication dateNovember 2007 MBC029 Mersey People: The Local Historian The Mersey and its people – for hundreds of years it has been impossible to say which influences the other most. Without the river there would have been no port, no merchants, no ferries, no shipbuilding. Many of the towns and cities that were the cradle of the industrial revolution wouldn’t exist, and countless lives defined by their relationship to the water would have been lived differently. But the river, too, has been shaped by its people. Dredged, bridged and canalised, its natural flow has been changed to better serve us. It has been polluted by industry, and revived by a clean-up campaign that is the envy of the world. With the Mersey in the midst of a renaissance, many 21st century lives are still entwined with it, whether for employment, recreation or inspiration. From ferrymen to cabinet ministers, policement to anglers, their stories tell the tale of the Mersey, the river that changed the world. For more information visit: http://www.riverthatchangedtheworld.com/mersey In this episode Coral Dranfield, local historian talks about the Mersey's importance to Stockport's industrial past, and how it has shaped the town. Publication dateSeptember 2008 MBC138 Sounds of the City John Robb introduces us to the hearmanchester.com audio trail, a series of ten audio files intended to be listened to whilst wandering along the Rochdale Canal in the city centre. The audio trail features stories and interviews from local experts and gives a unique insight into Manchester’s fascinating social, cultural, industrial and radical history. From the rise of suffrage to the first time the Sex Pistols played, from Marx and Engels to the largest gay village in the country, hearmanchester.com covers it all whilst focussing on the integral role the Rochdale Canal has played in forming the city of Manchester as we know it today. Publication dateNovember 2007 MBC144 Time and the river Is it absurd to compare the Mersey with the Nile, or Stockport Viaduct with the Pyramids of Giza? Perhaps it is. Yet the pyramids are the remains of a dead civilisation which became a historical backwater. The industrial civilisation which started on the Mersey’s banks changed the world physically, culturally and musically – and in India and China it is still doing so today. Mersey: The river that changed the world, published by Liverpool’s Bluecoat Press to mark Capital of Culture 2008, was a richly illustrated book that explored these connections through a series of specially commissioned essays from writers, journalists and experts in fields as diverse as archaeology, history, music, wildlife and architecture. In this chapter Ian Wray introduces the book, and highlights some of the key themes. Publication dateSeptember 2009 MBC176 Who Saved the Mersey? With salmon now having returned to the River Mersey it is hard to believe that only a couple of decades ago it was virtually lifeless and essentially an open sewer. The Mersey Basin Campaign was set up in order to tackle the appalling state of the Mersey through innovative partnership working and local action. Now the Mersey Basin Campaign has come to the end of its 25 year lifespan and Matthew Sutcliffe takes the opportunity to talk to key people who have worked with the Campaign over the years and explores who killed the Mersey, who helped clean it up and was it worth it? Publication dateDecember 2009 MBC224 Case study: Hands-on History at Mersey Vale Nature Park This case study is part of a specially written series focusing on our local action projects. They are designed to show you how some of our best projects were delivered. Each case study provides background information, examines the original project idea, methodology, funding information, looks at who was involved, and draws out lessons learned from the experience. We hope these case studies will prove useful and inspirational, especially for those delivering similar work. This case study focuses on the Hands-on History project at Mersey Vale Nature Park, Stockport. This was a day of hands-on heritage activities for schoolchildren at the park. Publication dateDecember 2009 MBC225 Case study: The Anderton Story This case study is part of a specially written series focusing on our local action projects. They are designed to show you how some of our best projects were delivered. Each case study provides background information, examines the original project idea, methodology, funding information, looks at who was involved, and draws out lessons learned from the experience. We hope these case studies will prove useful and inspirational, especially for those delivering similar work. This case study focuses on the Anderton Story project at Anderton Nature Park in Northwich, Cheshire. This was an intergenerational arts project exploring the history of the park and the wildlife that now inhabits it, involving oral history, photography, poetry, craft actvities and an exhibition.