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John Dee: Friend Of Elizabeth 1, Alchemist, Warden of MCR

Join a perfect lunch tour of Dee's Manchester with an exceptional visit to Chetham's

Published on July 10th 2012.


John Dee: Friend Of Elizabeth 1, Alchemist, Warden of MCR

ON Friday there's a magical mystery tour concerning John Dee – alchemist and friend of Queen Elizabeth 1, His birthday was 13 July, 1527, 488 years ago, so it seems appropriate.

Dee was one of the most fascinating figures in British history. He’s known as a scientist, mathematician and philosopher and close acquaintance of the key Elizabethans of the age. However he's probably better known as an astrologer, alchemist and occultist. 

Dee lived for several years in Manchester and his official residence and offices still exist at Chetham’s School and Library. 

John Dee signatureJohn Dee signature


On the tour people will learn about this incredible character, his life, his times, and even see some of the books from his famous library signed and annotated by the man himself, in the equally gorgeous Chetham's Library. 

So there are two good bits to this tour, the personality of Dee himself explored in the city streets around Chetham's, and then an opportunity to visit the most atmospheric space in the North West.

Confidential editor Jonathan Schofield will be leading the tour.

1pm, Friday 13 July. Tour lasts around an hour. Meet outside Chetham’s School of Music and Library, Long Millgate, between The National Football Museum and Victoria Station, M3 1SB
Price £8. Just turn up or to book and guarantee a place click here.

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David KenworthyJuly 10th 2012.

aah, I love things like this, but can't take an afternoon off work for it. Hope to see more things like this in the evenings or weekends too.

JOnathan SchofieldJuly 11th 2012.

David, the problem is that Chetham's closes at half four and doesn't open on the weekends.

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Daniel CunninghamJuly 12th 2012.

Shame that, I'd love to have a look inside Chets...!

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