This trail with twelve stops follows the history, personages and places associated with the phenomenon of how Brno came to be dubbed ‘the Moravian Manchester’.
It offers a unique look at almost three centuries during which Brno was one of the world’s leading industrial textile towns. In the background of this extraordinary success, however, are individual human stories which will be introduced by the author of the trail, writer Kateřina Tučková.
The Moravian Manchester trail arose as part of the Meeting Brno festival based on Kateřina Tučková’s book Fabrika – příběh textilních baronů z moravského Manchesteru (Factory – The Story of the Textile Barons of the Moravian Manchester), published by Host for the Brno: Moravian Manchester exhibit in 2014 at the Moravian Gallery in Brno.
Parts of tour
Former house At the Golden Ball (Klein’s Palace)
Former house At the Golden Ball which belonged to Brno burgher, Johann Leopold Köffiller.
A Freemason residence.
J. H. Offermann in Brünn brand had a world reputation.
Jewish Textile Entrepreneurs.
Max Kohn and Tugendhat factory (Mosilana)
The factory producing drapery and woollen goods on Vlhká Street.
Alfred Löw-Beer and Villa Löw-Beer
One of the most important South Moravian industrial families.
The Schoeller Factory and Villa
Powerful textile clan. Members of the family founded subsidiaries in different corners of Europe.
Educated specialized workers and foremen, as well as the factories owner’s sons.
Meeting place for workers.
Housing of the Brno working class.
The Museum of Applied Arts
The Museum of Applied Arts – of Moravian exhibition institutions.
Vlněna, Mosilana and Nová Mosilana in Černovice
The end of an era.