Stories from the Road

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 11:30:00 GMT

During 2015, Manchester writer, Sarah Butler, mapped Manchester’s 'Corridor' using the stories of people who have lived, worked and travelled along Oxford Road.

Funded through a Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF), awarded through The University of Manchester, these stories generate a layered picture of this rapidly changing part of the city and what it means to the people who experience it.

Stories from the Road offers an alternative map of The Corridor. It celebrates the individual stories which inform, create and question our cities and their production and reproduction day in and day out.

Oxford Road and the surrounding district is home to a huge range of stakeholders, users and organisations. Activity in the 'knowledge economy' is double the regional and national average with Oxford Road home to two Universities, Manchester Science Park, the National Graphene Institute and the Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and multiple cultural institutions including Whitworth Art Gallery, the Manchester Museum, Manchester School of Art, HOME, the Palace Theatre and Manchester Central Library.

The institutions, businesses and attractions of Oxford Road bring thousands of commuters, students, residents and visitors and is reputedly the ‘busiest bus route in Europe’. From academics to booksellers, bus drivers to commuters, curators to cyclists, medics to scientists, contributors to Stories From The Road include a varied cross-section of Oxford Road’s population, those for whom it has figured in the makings of their lives in Manchester.

Find out more and read the stories.