Working Class Movement Library

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Gagarin in Manchester

Posted by wcmlibrary on April 12, 2011

50th anniversary today of the first human in space – and a great story about nearly-lost film of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s visit to Manchester  on a trade union-sponsored tour in July 1961 at

The Library has lent a Soviet flag from its collection to Gagarin50, an exhibition of photography, fine art, mixed media and Soviet artefacts at the Waterside Arts Centre, Sale celebrating the anniversary and Gagarin’s visit to Manchester and Trafford.

The exhibition runs from 9 April to 4 June.  Astronomer Gurbir Singh will give a talk about Gagarin’s Manchester visit on Saturday 28 May at 1.30pm.

Details of the exhibition and its related activites can be found here.

For the Library’s own Web page on Gagarin in Manchester head here.


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