About the Manchester’s Guardian exhibition

Learn more about our latest online exhibition.

About the exhibition

Founded in Manchester in 1821 after the horrific Peterloo Massacre in the city, the Manchester Guardian was a progressive voice at time when the industrial north was leading the country’s prosperity. Establishing a reputation for liberal opinions and fair reporting, the paper outgrew its Manchester roots to become a globally recognised news brand: the Guardian.

Uncover the stories behind the headlines and meet the journalists chasing the next scoop. See the document that founded the Manchester Guardian and learn how the paper’s history and values reflect the city it was born in.

Items on display

Explore letters from Nazi Germany and accounts from the Spanish Civil War revealing the risks that journalists took to report difficult truths. Read letters from Guardian readers challenging the paper’s stance, and be inspired by legendary editor CP Scott’s principles of journalism outlined in his essay to mark the paper’s centenary in 1921. 

200 years after the paper’s first edition, are the founding principles of the Manchester Guardian still relevant today? In an ever-changing media landscape, how does the Guardian uphold CP Scott’s values of ‘liberaly, cleanness, courage, fairness’?