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Queen Victoria's consort, Albert died in December of 1861. Following his death there was a great deal of discussion in Manchester about an appropriate memorial. There were those who thought that a practical memorial like a hospital or a School of Art might be the best choice but in the end Thomas Goadsby, the Mayor of Manchester, offered to donate £500 to finance the creation of a statue of the prince on the condition that it be housed in a "proper temple" somewhere in the city.

Grade I listed Albert Memorial, features a marble statue of Albert standing on a plinth and facing west, designed by Matthew Noble (1862–1867). The figure is placed within a large Medieval-style ciborium which was designed by the architect Thomas Worthington. Noble was commissioned by the then mayor, Thomas Goadsby, to sculpt the Prince's likeness, and the designs were personally approved by Queen Victoria.

The memorial is topped with an ornate spire, and on each side a crocketed gable with canopied pinnacles on colonettes. Within the canopies stand symbolic figures representing art, commerce, science and agriculture. Below these stand secondary figures representing particular disciplines:

The Four Arts: painting, architecture, music, sculpture

Commerce: the Four Continents

The Four Sciences: chemistry, astronomy, mechanics, mathematics

Agriculture: the Four Seasons

The coloured sett paving which was laid around the memorial in 1987 depicts floral representations of the Four Home Nations of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Posted 11 Feb 2019 11:19

A trademark for Coburg, almost a brand, are the Coburg Designtage, which took place in 2018 for the 30th time and this year will be the 31st annual festival. The creative as well as innovative from regional economy took this event to present their ideas and products.

For visitors from the region and beyond, it is an annual highlight that attracted more than 6,000 people last year despite the inclement weather. And for creatives from near and now also from far away, it is the event in which ideas are presented vividly, in a special ambience.

Exhibition, presentation, demonstration and seduction at the same time, the designtage are a creative mix that invites you to actively participate. Nobody can resist the aesthetic demands of designtage. You can shape everything: things, processes, companies, regions, life. Everything that takes shape can be designed.
Posted 29 Jan 2019 10:36

Coburg is a town located on the Itz river in the Upper Franconia region of Bavaria, Germany.

Through successful dynastic policies, the ruling princely family married into several of the royal families of Europe, most notably in the person of Prince Albert, who married Queen Victoria in 1840 and this year we mark Albert's 200th birthday.

Coburg doesn't have a major airport so in order to get to Coburg, the group will fly into Germany's biggest cities and then from there we will arrive in the centre by train. Coburg is a small town and is very walkable to and from the outlined sites.
Posted 27 Jan 2019 20:36

This exciting collaboration between Manchester and Coburg gives you the opportunity to travel to the city of Coburg in Germany.

We will fly to Coburg for two weeks to participate in a collaborative design competition which aims to see your proposals realised in a prestigious design competition.

We are fortunate enough to be given funding for your travel and accommodation. This will cover our trip to Coburg in March as well as in May, when we revisit the city to build our proposal.

Posted 24 Jan 2019 13:47