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With Manchester City Art Gallery closed until 2001

With Manchester City Art Gallery closed until 2001 while Michael Hopkins' extension is being built, some welcome attention is being given to the city's long-neglected collection of historic houses, writes Julian Holder. These include James Wyatt's Heaton Hall and sixteenth-century Wythenshawe Hall. The latter, set amid one of the largest council estates in Europe, is trying to win a new public with an exhibition entitled 'Estate'.

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