Welcome to the webpage of The Watkin Society (WatSoc). We are a new group, formed in 2019, the 200th anniversary year of the birth of Edward Watkin. He and his father, Absalom, were two of the most remarkable men in the Victorian Age. You can read all about their lives and achievements through the project pages on our website but perhaps the most remarkable thing about them is that today they had been almost totally forgotten. We have already done a great deal about that through our work on the Friends Of Rose Hill projects in the last few years. We are now aiming to make it much more than that!
The Watkin Society is campaigning to make their story widely known and not just in Manchester, where they lived and died. We are also going to promote presentations, discussion and research for anyone (including children through their schools) who might enjoy finding out more about these two fascinating characters. Click on the image below to see our plans for the future.
In October we hosted an open meeting in the Central Reference Library, Manchester. The meeting was well attended and we took the chance to ask people where their interest lay and how we could get them more involved. This was the starting point to take our voyage of rediscovery wider than the environs of Northenden and Manchester!
Apart from the plan above we have also produced regular newsletters for people to enjoy and hear about how we are continuing to develop the Society despite the restrictions of the lockdowns and restrictions. CLICK HERE for the latest news and newsletters
If you would like to know more please contact us using the form below so that we can let you know of activities in your area.