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Raves, riots and revolutions: Manchester’s radical history of mass gatherings – Wednesday 7 June 2017 – – by Luke Bainbridge – From Peterloo to the MIF Procession, via Manchester Pride and acid house, Manchester’s communal happenings have helped shaped the soul of the city.

We learn nothing from Ian Brady. We’re just fetishising him – Sunday 21 May 2017 – – by Catherine Bennett – The coverage of the murderer’s death says much about our glorification of celebrity – no matter the cause or cost.

Glad to be gay: leading figures on 50 years of liberation – Sunday 21 May 2017 – – by Kate Kellaway – How has life changed for gay men in the UK since homosexuality was decriminalised in 1967? From actor Antony Sher to novelist Alan Hollinghurst, men of different generations from across arts and politics share their stories

Why is the UK still printing its laws on vellum? – 15 February 2016 – – A look at the UK parliament’s use of goat’s skin to write its laws on and the pros and cons of digital archiving against physical archiving