Archives+

Archives+ Partnership of archive & local history organisations, engaging Manchester with its histories. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The main partners in Archives+ are:
• Greater Manchester County Record Office (Association of Greater Manchester Authorities)
• Manchester Libraries, Information and Archives (Manchester City Council)
• North West Film Archive (Manchester Metropolitan University)
• Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre and Education Trust (The University of Manchester)
• Manchester & Lancashire Family History Society
• BFI Mediatheque
• Manchester Registration Service (Historic Registers)
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On this day 25 yrs ago the IRA detonated a 3,300lb bomb on Corporation St, targeting the city's infrastructure & economy...
15/06/2021
Manchester Bomb 1996

On this day 25 yrs ago the IRA detonated a 3,300lb bomb on Corporation St, targeting the city's infrastructure & economy. A telephone warning was sent but the bomb squad were unable to defuse the bomb in time. Sadly 212 people were injured in the blast. https://bit.ly/3zscZAv

The 1996 Manchester bombing was an attack carried out by the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) on Saturday 15 June 1996 in Manchester, England. The 3,300-pound (1,500 kg) bomb, placed in a van on Corporation Street in Manchester city centre, targeted the city's infrastructure and economy and c...

On this day 14th June 1928 Emmeline Pankhurst, died.  Militant champion of woman suffrage. 1. Emmeline Pankhurst 1899, 2...
14/06/2021

On this day 14th June 1928 Emmeline Pankhurst, died. Militant champion of woman suffrage. 1. Emmeline Pankhurst 1899, 2. Emmeline and 2 of her daughters Christabel and Sylvia 1910, 3. 62 Nelson Street home and now the Pankhurst Centre, 4. Statue in St Peters Square.

151 years ago #OTD Charles #Dickens died. Photo of Cheeryble House, Cannon Street, Manchester, in approx 1900. It was th...
09/06/2021

151 years ago #OTD Charles #Dickens died. Photo of Cheeryble House, Cannon Street, Manchester, in approx 1900. It was the former premises of the Grant Brothers (Daniel and William) on whom Charles Dickens based the Cheeryble Brothers, characters in his novel "Nicholas Nickleby".

151 years ago #OTD Charles #Dickens died. Photo of Cheeryble House, Cannon Street, Manchester, in approx 1900. It was the former premises of the Grant Brothers (Daniel and William) on whom Charles Dickens based the Cheeryble Brothers, characters in his novel "Nicholas Nickleby".

New online memory box out today: MostonTake a look and see if the images bring back fond memories for you of growing up ...
01/06/2021
Online Memory Box: Moston

New online memory box out today: Moston
Take a look and see if the images bring back fond memories for you of growing up in #Moston.
https://bit.ly/3c7yFI9

We are now on the road to things easing and opening up and we hope Archives+ can still help you to stay in touch with each other and treasure your memories with our popular online memory boxes. The…

Images 1, 2 & 4 show Lancaster Arcade in 1970/71, image 3 taken in 1975, shows the arcade just before its demolition. Th...
27/05/2021

Images 1, 2 & 4 show Lancaster Arcade in 1970/71, image 3 taken in 1975, shows the arcade just before its demolition. This area is now occupied by the National Football Museum.
National Football Museum #Victorian #Manchester

#TownHallPhotographersCollection Do you remember any of these shoe shops? Image 1: Alexandra Rd 1961, Image 2: Ashton Ne...
26/05/2021

#TownHallPhotographersCollection Do you remember any of these shoe shops? Image 1: Alexandra Rd 1961, Image 2: Ashton New Rd compulsory purchase order (CPO) 1966, Image 3: Orpington St CPO 1972, Image 4: Parker St CPO 1968 #1960s #1970s #blackandwhitephotography

New blog out today: 200 Years of the Guardian Newspaper. First published as a weekly on May 5th 1821 for 7 pence...find ...
17/05/2021
200 Years of the Guardian Newspaper

New blog out today: 200 Years of the Guardian Newspaper. First published as a weekly on May 5th 1821 for 7 pence...find out more here https://bit.ly/3ygRMJe #Guardian200

Shop at Barlow Road, Levenshulme 1909 Ref m28087 “the foul prostitute and dirty parasite of the worst portion of the mill-owners” Quote above from the Manchester and Salford Advertiser …

Some housing images. 1, Melbourne Street and York Street Moston 1909, 2. Quilter Grove Blackley 1958, 3. Charles Barry C...
14/05/2021

Some housing images. 1, Melbourne Street and York Street Moston 1909, 2. Quilter Grove Blackley 1958, 3. Charles Barry Crescent Hulme 1970, 4. Chorlton Road high rise flats 1971. #manchester #blackandwhitephotography #hulme #moston #blackley

NEW! Heaton Park Online Memory Box out this week. Thanks you to all the wonderful volunteers and staff at Heaton Park fo...
13/05/2021
Heaton Park Online Memory Box

NEW! Heaton Park Online Memory Box out this week. Thanks you to all the wonderful volunteers and staff at Heaton Park for their contributions to this new memory box.
https://bit.ly/3bjCpWq #HeatonPark
Friends of Heaton Hall Heaton Park Tramway

We are now on the road to things easing and opening up and we hope Archives+ can still help you to stay in touch with each other and treasure your memories with our popular online memory boxes. The…

A sneak peak behind closed doors at the Greater Manchester Country Record Office on Marshall Street before it closed to ...
12/05/2021

A sneak peak behind closed doors at the Greater Manchester Country Record Office on Marshall Street before it closed to the public and moved to Central Library. #manchester #archive #filingcabinet

Animal stars. 1.Brownlow Farm Wythenshawe 1933, 2. John Masefield poet laureate 1958, 3. Highland cattle at Wythenshawe ...
29/04/2021

Animal stars. 1.Brownlow Farm Wythenshawe 1933, 2. John Masefield poet laureate 1958, 3. Highland cattle at Wythenshawe Park 1964, 4. Allendale Road Levenshulme 1981 #manchester #wythenshawe #blackandwhitephotography #levenshulme

Cooper Street once ran all the way down to Peter Street before Central Library was built in 1930. Image 1: corner of Pet...
28/04/2021

Cooper Street once ran all the way down to Peter Street before Central Library was built in 1930. Image 1: corner of Peter St & Cooper St, dated 1940 (this date maybe incorrect as it must have been taken before 1930). Image 2: Cooper St from Dickenson St, 1923 (where Town Hall Ext is now?) Image 3: Cooper demolition 1929 #manchester #blackandwhitephotography

Some alleys from the collection. 1. Pownalls Court late 19th century, 2. Heaton Road Fairholme Road 1960, 3. Cameron Cou...
27/04/2021

Some alleys from the collection. 1. Pownalls Court late 19th century, 2. Heaton Road Fairholme Road 1960, 3. Cameron Court 1967, 4. Princess Parkway Wythenshawe Road progress 1970. #manchester #blackandwhitephotography #blackandwhite

A stunning pick n mix today from the #1960s album in the #TownHallPhotographersCollectionPhoto 1: St Ann's Square. Photo...
26/04/2021

A stunning pick n mix today from the #1960s album in the #TownHallPhotographersCollection
Photo 1: St Ann's Square.
Photo 2: St John's Street.
Photo 3: Great Ducie Street.
Photo 4: Camp Street.
More from 1960 here bit.ly/32M3X2j
#blackandwhitephotography #Manchester

Designed by architect James Williams, the General Post Office, Spring Gardens opened on 14 Sep 1884 and was later demoli...
22/04/2021

Designed by architect James Williams, the General Post Office, Spring Gardens opened on 14 Sep 1884 and was later demolished in the mid-1960s. Here are four images of this beautiful building. Photo 1: 1892, photo 2: interior 1898, photo 3: interior 1930, photo 4: 1954. #manchester #blackandwhitephotography #postoffice #lookingback

200 years ago Ford Madox Brown was born, 16 April 1821. Associated with the Pre-Raphaelites, his masterpiece 'Work' is i...
20/04/2021
Ford Madox Brown and the Town Hall Murals

200 years ago Ford Madox Brown was born, 16 April 1821. Associated with the Pre-Raphaelites, his masterpiece 'Work' is in Manchester Art Gallery. He also painted the twelve magnificent murals in the Great Hall at Manchester Town Hall - murals album here https://bit.ly/3sz4sXJ Manchester Art Gallery

Ford Madox Brown (1821-1893) painted the twelve magnificent murals in the Great Hall at Manchester Town Hall. Madox Brown's work in Manchester In the 1850s, Ford Madox Brown was associated with the Pre-Raphaelites when he produced his masterpiece, Work, now in Manchester Art Gallery. The murals are....

Have you booked your appointment yet? Photo 1: Stockport Rd, Longsight 1913. Photo 2: Nell Lane, Withington 1961. Photo ...
16/04/2021

Have you booked your appointment yet? Photo 1: Stockport Rd, Longsight 1913. Photo 2: Nell Lane, Withington 1961. Photo 3: Graeme St, Moss Side 1962. Photo 4: Burton Rd, Didsbury 1995. #haircut #hairdressers #LockdownHair #manchester #blackandwhitephotography #mossside #withington #longsight #didsbury

Time to hit the shops again? Photo 1: Messrs Diggle lamp, Market St 1896. Photo 2: 1st cheese fair at Campfield Market, ...
13/04/2021

Time to hit the shops again? Photo 1: Messrs Diggle lamp, Market St 1896. Photo 2: 1st cheese fair at Campfield Market, 1926. Photo 3: "Man's shop window", Kendals, Deansgate 1950. Photo 4: Arndale, Market St 1973. #lockdowneasing #manchester #blackandwhitephotography

10/04/2021

An online book of condolence has been set up for anyone in Manchester who wishes to leave a message following the passing of HRH the Duke of Edinburgh yesterday: https://mccbookofcondolence.co.uk/

Timeline Photos
09/04/2021

Timeline Photos

Manchester shares its deepest condolences with the Royal Family today following the news of the passing of the Duke of Edinburgh.

The Union Flag on Manchester Central Library will be flown at half mast for eight days of national mourning.

John Ferrier & Thomas Percival, senior physicians at MRI set up the Manchester Board of Health in 1796, following a seve...
07/04/2021

John Ferrier & Thomas Percival, senior physicians at MRI set up the Manchester Board of Health in 1796, following a severe outbreak of typhus in 1795. See Archives+ Flickr album bit.ly/3muBTJQ to view some archives from the board's successor, the Manchester and Salford Sanitary Association. #WorldHealthDay #health #publichealth #manchester

Some lovely spring shots for #BankHolidayWeekend, not sure it's warm enough to be in the paddling pool today! Photo 1: H...
05/04/2021

Some lovely spring shots for #BankHolidayWeekend, not sure it's warm enough to be in the paddling pool today! Photo 1: Heaton Park, 1932 Photo 2: Wythenshawe Park, paddling pool, April 1955. Photo 3: Whitworth Park, drinking fountain, 1952. Photo 4: Piccadilly Gardens, 1949. #manchester #blackandwhitephotography #whitworthpark #wythenshawepark #heatonpark #easter #easterweekend #gardens

Do you remember going to the fair at Easter as a child? Here are some fabulous images from Daisy Nook Easter Fair, Fails...
03/04/2021

Do you remember going to the fair at Easter as a child? Here are some fabulous images from Daisy Nook Easter Fair, Failsworth, 1980. #EasterWeekend #funfair #1980s #blackandwhitephotography #failsworth

New #ArchivesPlusMemorybox out today takes a look back at some of the MCR theatres built from 1904. Take a look & see if...
01/04/2021
Online Memory Box: Manchester Theatres part 2

New #ArchivesPlusMemorybox out today takes a look back at some of the MCR theatres built from 1904. Take a look & see if the photographs/sound files trigger any forgotten memories. Worksheets included can be used as prompts to help start a conversation. https://bit.ly/2PO1dOF

Continuing our journey of Manchester theatres, in part 2 we take a look at some of the theatres which were built from 1904 onwards. Our huge theatre collection contains playbills, photographs, prog…

A selection of kiosks from the Manchester Local Image Collection. Photo 1: MCR city centre, Great Bridgewater St, 1960. ...
31/03/2021

A selection of kiosks from the Manchester Local Image Collection. Photo 1: MCR city centre, Great Bridgewater St, 1960. Photo 2: Moss Side, corner of Oxford Rd/Denmark Rd, 1930. Photo 3: Prestwich, Bury New Rd/Scholes Lane, 1937.
images.manchester.gov.uk/index.php #blackandwhitephotography #manchester #mossside #prestwich

Barton Swing Aqueduct: Built between 1890 and 1894, (replacing the earlier Barton Aqueduct) to carry the Bridgewater Can...
29/03/2021

Barton Swing Aqueduct: Built between 1890 and 1894, (replacing the earlier Barton Aqueduct) to carry the Bridgewater Canal over the Manchester Ship Canal, Barton Swing Aqueduct is the first and only example of its type in the world. #Aqueduct #engineeringexcellence #Victorian

#TownHallPhotographersCollection These amazing images of Carlton Mill - Livesey Street area in 1963, capture the housing...
26/03/2021

#TownHallPhotographersCollection These amazing images of Carlton Mill - Livesey Street area in 1963, capture the housing conditions faced by families living in slum clearance areas in the 60's. #manchester #blackandwhitephotography #slumclearance #housing

35 yrs ago this week Manchester Central Station transformed into GMEX exhibition hall & concert venue. Take a look at it...
24/03/2021

35 yrs ago this week Manchester Central Station transformed into GMEX exhibition hall & concert venue. Take a look at its amazing journey from railway station to car park to conference & exhibition hall.
Photo 1: 1885 Photo 2: 1965 Photo 3: 1972 Photo 4: GMEX design 1982. #manchester #blackandwhitephotography #CentralStation #gmex #manchestercentral #railway

#TownhallPhotographersCollection Images of Upper Brook Street in the 1960s. Photo 1: 1963 Photo 2 & 3: 1965 Photo 4: 196...
23/03/2021

#TownhallPhotographersCollection
Images of Upper Brook Street in the 1960s.
Photo 1: 1963 Photo 2 & 3: 1965 Photo 4: 1966
See more photos to browse online at ArchivesPlus Flickr.
#blackandwhitephotography #Manchester

The milkman is back! Who remembers the national Milk Marketing Board campaign "Drinka pinta milka day"? It's in the phot...
22/03/2021

The milkman is back! Who remembers the national Milk Marketing Board campaign "Drinka pinta milka day"? It's in the photos, take a close look! Photo 1: Princess St-Hulme-St Georges CPO 1968. Photo 2: Stretford Rd area CPO 1966. Photo 3: Chell St CPO 1972. Photo 4: Cateaton St 1960. #manchester #blackandwhitephotography #milk

Don't forget, you've got until Monday 22 March to give us your views on how history is reflected in Manchester's statues...
18/03/2021

Don't forget, you've got until Monday 22 March to give us your views on how history is reflected in Manchester's statues, monuments, and public art.

If you prefer, you can even have your say via video session on Sunday 21 March

Find out more here www.manchester.gov.uk/publicspaces

Don't forget, you've got until Monday 22 March to give us your views on how history is reflected in Manchester's statues, monuments, and public art.

If you prefer, you can even have your say via video session on Sunday 21 March

Find out more here www.manchester.gov.uk/publicspaces

Some amazing old Manchester images of the area the current Central Library occupies (which is the fourth location) and b...
17/03/2021

Some amazing old Manchester images of the area the current Central Library occupies (which is the fourth location) and brilliant construction images almost 7 years until the anniversary of the reopening after transformation. #manchester #libraries #blackandwhitephotography

Online Memory Box: International Women’s Day
06/03/2021
Online Memory Box: International Women’s Day

Online Memory Box: International Women’s Day

This month’s online memory box celebrates the achievements of women who have made an impact on our lives. We take a look at the Suffragists and Suffragettes who paved the way forward for wome…

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Hi All! Does anyone have any information about Customs and Excise in Stockport? Grandad Harry Burton was apparently a Customs and Excise Office both just before and just after WW1 . Any help would be appreciated. 54, St Petersgate Stockport
I am looking for old photos of Weybridge Road Ancoats pre 1975. Can anyone help or point me in the right direction. Many thanks x
an ongoing manchester project drawn from 5k photos i took over the last 7 yrs. a collage featuring the library in the background. one of a series of collages of manchester and its people. detail in this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChKjVhn3HD0&fbclid=IwAR3NDPuiMYpYlCBxt_FIF3B6bYNFOcSRdwexRMzC-dD9LQFJfIjgGyRAPBU
I visited the Bobbins - Chris Sievey Exhibition last week and really enjoyed looking through the artwork. Are there any plans to digitise the art before it goes into storage and to upload it online for others to access? It seems it would be a crying shame to keep it locked away when people could enjoy and be inspired by it. Plus the eyepod and earpod material could also be made available online as well. Thanks.
Can anyone help please? My grandparents were married at Chorlton Register Office, Manchester, on 15th March 1916. I am trying to get a photograph of them if possible, maybe from a newspaper of that time but don't know where to start. Any idea's please?
Archival Futures draws on the contributions of a range of international experts to consider the current archival landscape and imagine the archive of the future. Firmly rooted in current professional debate and scholarship, the book offers thought provoking and accessible chapters that aim to challenge and inspire archivists globally and to encourage debate about their futures.
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