Julian Treuherz was born in Littleborough and went to school in Manchester, when he first got to know the city. He later returned to work as a curator at the Manchester Art Gallery before disappearing down the M62 to run the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. He is an expert on Victorian art and the Pre-Raphaelites. Peter de Figueiredo was brought up in Cheshire, studying architecture at the Manchester School of Art and urban design at the University of Manchester, leading to a career in historic buildings conservation. For many years he was based at the Manchester office of English Heritage, before running his own consultancy.