What’s Doing

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What’s Doing was the newsletter of the North Manchester Branch (which covered an area now split between Salford and District branch and Central Manchester branch) although it often covered pub and brewery news from across the region.

What’s Doing was published monthly for over 30 years from November 1975 to August 2006 – a total of 369 issues. Early issues were a basic 4 page newsletter, expanding to a full magazine in later years.

Its editor throughout its history was Neil Richardson, a local printer and publisher who became an authority on local history extending way beyond its pubs.

On this page you will find scans of almost every issue ever produced with just the final 6 issues to be added. A few issues are unfortunately missing the four page insert guides to pubs serving real ale in different areas of the city but otherwise are complete.

Thanks to Don Chatwood, Neil Worthington, David White, Steve Davis, Lawrence Delaney and Caroline O’Donnell for their work on the What’s Doing archive.

Note that some of the writing and advertising reflects the attitudes of the time and at the on occasion includes content that would not be acceptable today.

Click on the thumbnails to view in “flippable” form. Issues can be downloaded as PDF files from the flippable viewer or from the Downloads section at bottom of page.

All content ©Campaign For Real Ale Limited, 1975 – 2005.


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1976

    
    
    
 
 

1977

Note: There was no July ’77 issue, it was replaced by a Christmas issue.

  

1978

1979

1980

1981

1982


1983

1984

1985

1986

1987

1988

1989

1990

1991

1992

1993

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

October 1998 Issue is currently missing. We hope to have this in place by early 2022.

1999

June 1999 Issue is currently missing. We hope to have this in place by early 2022.

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

Coming soon….


Downloads

Note: There was no July 1977 issue, it was replaced by a Christmas issue.