Author: karencropper

International Women’s Day 8 March 2018 campaign theme: #PressforProgress

As International Women’s Day approaches I wonder how much progress has been made in gender equality since the 80s, as documented in chapters 5 and 15 of Manchester 1984.

newspaper pictures and head shot of Margaret Roff from

30th Anniversary of the Hotel Fire in Nicaragua that killed Margaret Roff

18th October 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of the death of Margaret Roff in a hotel fire in Nicaragua. Who was she and why was she there?

Fireworks By Fieldington at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Celebration Time – all of the chapters are now online

At last all of the chapters of Manchester 1984 are now on this site. (Image Credit: Fireworks By Fieldington at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0,

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Chapter 18 The All-Powerful Budget Review Working Party is now online

The Budget Review Working Party (BRWP) had the purpose of scrutinising every budget item in every department (on a rolling programme) in order to identify possible savings.

CC-BY Karen Cropper One of entrances to Victoria Baths Manchester

Chapter 23 Leisure Services is now online

The portfolio of Leisure Services covers a wide range of things that are often highly valued by the public. Manchester City Council owned and was responsible for parks and gardens, public baths and laundries, sports halls…

Councillors and officers holding Another Brick in the Wall documents in front of Houses of Parliament

Chapter 22 about Education in Manchester is now online.

Given that Kath was Deputy Chair of the Education Committee for a year (1989/90) and then Chair for four years (1991-95), this is the most personal chapter of the book.