Manchester Snowdrop City

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Last year to mark the centenary of the First World War local volunteers, community groups and schools gathered together to plant 100,000 snowdrop bulbs across a number of sites in Manchester.

Snowdrops were chosen as they were planted at war graves during the First World War to remind soldiers of home. The small white flowers - a symbol of hope and peace, are now starting to bloom and will leave a lasting legacy when they flower each year for the enjoyment of many who visit, work and live in Manchester.

This is accompanied by a dramatic war-themed snowdrop installation imitating a First World War bunker outside the entrance and inside the foyer of Manchester Art Gallery. The display is designed to showcase the city wide project by featuring snowdrops growing out of the bunkers as if the war is over, leading visitors to the Stanley Spencer art exhibition currently showing at Manchester Art Gallery.

‘Heaven in a Hell of War’ presents the work of one of the most acclaimed British painters of the 20th century Stanley Spencer, who served as a soldier in Salonika during the war. His work is currently on loan from the National Trust's Sandham Memorial Chapel and is probably the only time people in Manchester will be able to see the paintings in the city. Both the exhibition and installation finish on 1 March.

You can see the snowdrops that were planted around the city in the following locations: 

  • Manchester Cathedral
  • St John's Gardens
  • Parsonage Gardens
  • Sackville Gardens
  • Manchester Science Park
  • The Northern Quarter
  • Manchester University

Or download a map of the locations (pdf).

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