Tuesday 11 July, 2017

Ancoats is a much-loved part of Manchester, and the Grade II-listed, old Ardwick and Ancoats Dispensary is a well-recognised part of this area.

Formerly a centre for the medical treatment of the local community, the Dispensary was established in 1823, eventually moving to its current side in Ancoats, but the building was abandoned in 1989, and its demolition proposed in 2012. Just a year earlier, The Victorian Society has listed the building as one of 10 most at risk buildings in England and Wales. A group of concerned residents immediately set about creating the Ancoats Dispensary Trust, and has been active ever since.

We will be joined by Amy-Grace Whillans-Welldrake, a Director of the Ancoats Dispensary Trust. She will be telling us why it is so important to save this building, and what the proposals are going forward for using the building.

With the summer holidays approaching, annual leave can often be an opportunity to consider making changes – including career changes. This can be a scary prospect: what to do, how to go about making the change, and also, its financial and practical implications. Public sector change leader Claire Haigh will be on hand to offer practical advice. Since setting up on her own last year, Claire has not looked back, and she will be sharing her experiences with us.

Another returning guest is Llara Geddes. Llara joined us with some colleagues from Tech North to talk about women working in technology. We will be expanding on this theme this week, with Llara telling us about some of her specialist tech knowledge, including UX – user experience – which she heads up at online retailer Beauty Bay. There has clearly been a concerted effort to involve women not just in technology-related industries, but UX specifically, as Llara is also a member of Ladies That UX, an international group which started here in Greater Manchester!

The Greater Manchester Fringe Festival continues throughout July, and this week, we will be looking at The Marriage of Kim K, a rewriting of Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro.

We will be joined by the three leading actresses and characters in this production, Yasmin Mireille, Emily Burnett and Amelia Gabriel, and, with Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro and Kim Kardashian’s failed 2011 marriage to NBA star Kris Humphries at the centre of this piece, we will be asking them just what do Mozart and Kim Kardashian have in common? We will also be talking about contrasting forms of culture, and who determines what is “high” and “low” culture? IS there a difference… and does it matter?

Join us at 4pm on Salford City Radio.

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