There is so much to see and do in Manchester, I couldn't fit it all into one weekend, or one blog post.
This place is brilliant, and will require a second visit.
Cotton is at the centre of Manchester's industrial, financial and social history. In 1781, Richard Arkwright built the first steam-driven textile mill in the city, ten years after he established his factory at Cromford Mill in Derbyshire (you can read about our visit here).
By 1853, there were 108 mills in Manchester, and twenty years later, the city produced over 30% of the world's cotton.
The ready supply of water and coal, and the development of canals and railways made Manchester the perfect location for an industrial boom. Even the copious rain for which the city is infamous was beneficial; the damp air meant the cotton threads were less liable to snap.
Many of the huge number of warehouses built to accommodate raw materials and finished products have been redeveloped.
The Cotton Exchange where manufacturers and traders came to do business is now the Royal Exchange theatre.
Children were a significant part of the 18-19th Century textile workforce; here are Uncle Gary and the kids re-enacting a moment of mill-working brutality with great aplomb.
Fabulous street art and face-pulling.
1970s cotton maxi dress - prize from The Queen's Drawers
Cardigan, necklace and bangles - charity shopped
Sandals - retail (sale)
Here's a hidden gem which is well worth a visit; the Gallery of Costume, part of Manchester Art Galleries. It's in Platt Hall, an elegant Georgian house in Fallowfield.
There was an exhibition of wedding dresses...
and gorgeous hats...
and examples of beautiful clothing from the 17th Century to the present day.
It's the ideal place for a vintage lover to while away an hour or so on a wet Sunday morning in Manchester.
I haven't heard yet whether I've got an interview for the charity shop job. To take my mind off the waiting, I've finally got round to starting some sewing.
And yes, of course the fabric is cotton. This isn't just thrown together, you know...
Hope everyone is having a great weekend!