A Drunk Pandemic: Sanitising the Working Class

Curated by the Contact Young Curators


Thu 01 January -
Sun 07 July

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Running time

2 hours


Victoria Station Tunnels, Station Approach, Todd Street, M3 1WY

Unreserved Seating

Age guidelines

18+ only, ID required

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£4 webBreak £2 transaction fee per order (no per ticket fee)

Cholera swept through Manchester almost 200 years ago. Thousands of people were buried in cholera pits around modern-day Victoria Station and Angel Meadow, and thousands more only survived because they drank beer instead of water. This forgotten history is at the root of A Drunk Pandemic, an anarchic underground brewery created for MIF19 by Tokyo artist collective Chim↑Pom on the site of a Manchester cholera pit.

At this fascinating seminar a host of local academics and other experts will discuss this slice of hidden Mancunian history, exploring representations of the working classes of the time, the public health and sanitation reforms of the 1840s and 50s, and the ways in which our understanding of diseases such as cholera continue to resonate today both at home and abroad.

Sanitising the Working Classes. has been devised by Contact Young Curators, five emerging local artists brought together by MIF and Contact, who have been invited by Chim↑Pom to create and present a programme of special events to accompany A Drunk Pandemic.


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