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The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

Altered Places: The Impact of the 1996 Manchester Bomb

Joanne Massey.

In June 1996 the city centre of Manchester was destroyed by an IRA bomb. Eight years later the landscape has been transformed and a newly regenerated area - the Millennium Quarter - has been created. There is undoubtedly a new sense of place attached to the creation of the Millennium Quarter. This paper will draw on qualitative interview data from users of the area before, during and after the bomb. Important questions are how was a new sense of place created? and How has this impacted on the image of the city? Using the work of Lynch (1960) it will be argued that the image of the city has been transformed, due to the inclusion of new landmarks and monuments in the setting. The work of Tuan (1977) will also be used as an analytical tool to examine how place is defined. It is envisaged that by using data drawn from a sample of various everyday past and present users of the site, that an authentic picture of people's lived experience will be communicated.


Joanne Massey  (United Kingdom)
PhD Candidate
Dept. of Sociology
Manchester Metropolitan University

I am a PhD candidate at Manchester Metropolitan university and is based in Manchester Institute of Popular Culture. I am near completion of my thesis 'Public Space and the Rebuilding of Manchester' which centres around two main research questions: what are the power relations present in public space and how are these spatialised? The research is based on the Millennium Quarter in Manchester city centre, an area which has recently experienced intensive regeneration after the IRA bombing of 1996.

I am also an Associate Lecturer within the Department of Sociology an d Co-ordinator of FOCI (Forum in the Creative Industries).

  • Place
  • Urban Regeneration
  • Image
  • Consumption

(Virtual Presentation, English)