The Albert Club, where Friedrich Engels spent time during his early years in England, has been uncovered by archaeologists in Manchester. Engels joined the club when he arrived to work in Manchester in 1842. Remnants of The Albert Club, founded by Germans in the 19th Century, were found during building work on the new £61m National Graphene Institute (NGI).
The National Graphene Institute is being built on the site of the former Albert Club. Nobel Prize laureate Professor Kostya Novoselov intends to use a sink, discovered intact in the excavations, in the institute when it opens in 2015.
“It was an unexpected and pleasant surprise to find these fascinating remains at the site of the institute,” he said. “We have been very careful to record these remnants of the Industrial Revolution and we will look to keep some artefacts for use in the new building or elsewhere,” he added.