Manchester is a major city in the northwest of England with a rich industrial heritage. The Castlefield Conservation Area’s 18th-century canal system harks back to the city’s days as a textile powerhouse, and you can trace this history at the interactive Museum of Science & Industry. The revitalised Salford Quays dockyards now houses the Daniel Libeskind-designed Imperial War Museum North and The Lowry cultural centre. With a population of 514,417 in 2013. Manchester as a city has a very recent history, with the growth of the cotton industry in the mid-19th century Manchester lost out to the local towns of Bolton and Oldham but became the financial centre of the cotton industry. With the building of the Manchester Ship Canal in the late 19th C. Manchester could reach all parts of the world by ocean-going ship. Manchester has suffered since then especially in the late 20th century but has since then blossomed building the city centre up with an impressive shopping district, night life, music scene, art galleries, museums, and theatres. Manchester is also home to two major soccer teams, one Manchester United based in the Slaford Quays area home to BBC North and the other Manchester City in the sports hub of the North.