Slightly off topic, but Manchester Bloggers had a visit to the home of the Manchester Evening News last night (organised by Sarah Hartley from The Mancunian Way blog on MEN), the local paper of note which is one of the oldest and most recognised regional paper brands in the UK. We bloggers got a look around and chat with journalists, sub-editors and other members of the hack trade, along with a debate with the Night Editor about the future and how GMG (the group that own the title) are going to deal with the present and the future. We suitably adjourned to The Old Grapes for a pint where I caught up with some more of the old time bloggers, particularly Michael Taylor who writes The Marple Leaf.
I was particularly intrigued by the paper library – the size of the archive dedicated to The Moors Murders was immense and sat uncomfortably with the slightly smaller paper archives of Harold Shipman and The Yorkshire Ripper. It’s almost symptomatic of the City to find this large trove of information relating to the cases, even though more than 40 years has past. Perhaps the library almost represents the soul of the city and the dark secrets it sometimes has to conceal.