CottonmouthMCR is a weekly podcast hosted by our Chief Exec, Vaughan Allen. Tune in to hear us discuss the issues affecting city centre Manchester and Salford. We’ll be looking at rough sleeping, security and transport, the history of our cities, and the rise and rise of the food and beverage sector. And we’ll be interviewing many of our major players, from cultural to business to political leaders.

New episodes every Thursday (and sometimes more often).

Download on iTunes and ACast (just search Cottonmouth Manchester) or stream below via Soundcloud.

Cottonmouth MCR Episode 33: Andrew Brooks

Talking to Andrew Brooks, Manchester’s finest photographer of city landscapes about urban exploring, using technology in his work and how the city is evolving.

Episode 32: The Village

In this extra long episode of CottonmouthMCR we talk to Paul Martin of the LGBT Foundation, John from BarPop and Tony from OnBar about the history of the Village, what’s happening now and the likely future.

Episode 31: Afflecks and Hatch

We talk to Tony Martin, General Manager of Afflecks, about the history of the market, how people get involved and the range of sellers currently in situ. And then on to the new Hatch, the Afflecks offshoot on Oxford Road, and plans for the future.

Episode 30: Royal Exchange Theatre

In this episode of CottonmouthMCR we talk to the Royal Exchange’s Executive Director Mark Dobson and Artistic Director Sarah Frankcom about the history of the theatre, its radical past, its youth programmes, the wonderful building and its place in the city.

Episode 29: Clare Devaney, Founder, citizen-i

In this episode of CottonmouthMCR we chat to Clare Devaney, founder of citizen-i and ex-Research Fellow with the RSA about citizen engagement, inclusive growth, how communities can be involved in change and the ‘fourth way’ for economics.

Episode 26: Reclaim Project with Ruth Ibegbuna

In this episode of CottonmouthMCR we chat to Ruth Ibegbuna, founder and now outgoing Chief Exec of the Reclaim Project, which works with working class people in Manchester and across the country.

Episode 24: Katy Ashton, People’s History Museum

In this episode of CottonmouthMCR we talk to Katy Ashton, Director of the People’s History Museum about the history of the museum, its social mission, work with kids, and the difficulties of collecting leaflets and badges. 

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