Archives+

Archives+ Partnership of archive & local history organisations, engaging Manchester with its histories. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
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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#Townhallphotographerscollection Atmospheric image of Florence Street 1971 - C.P.O Cheetham with views of fly-tipping an...
31/12/2019

#Townhallphotographerscollection Atmospheric image of Florence Street 1971 - C.P.O Cheetham with views of fly-tipping and ranging poles. More images available on Flickr here http://ow.ly/3bE450xJS8E @MancLibraries @GMLibraries

#Townhallphotographerscollection 1971 #Manchester. This brings back memories as a teenager walking down Tib Street with ...
30/12/2019

#Townhallphotographerscollection 1971 #Manchester. This brings back memories as a teenager walking down Tib Street with my mum, dressed in her obligatory 70s headscarf! Does anyone know recognise this street? More images here http://ow.ly/STo750xJR55 @MancLibraries @GMLibraries

Although this image was taken by the Town Hall Photographers to document litter in the street, it is still a beautiful i...
30/12/2019

Although this image was taken by the Town Hall Photographers to document litter in the street, it is still a beautiful image of the #Manchester city centre back streets in 1971. 845 new images have just been uploaded to Flickr here http://ow.ly/pTYW50xJPVX @MancLibraries

Getting in the festive spirit, love these images of bygone santas!
08/12/2019

Getting in the festive spirit, love these images of bygone santas!

It's Pretend to be a Time Traveller day and we thought we would look at our Manchester Giant Santa over the years.

Which one is your favourite?

#PretendToBeATimeTravellerDay #McrChristmas

Images courtesy of Archives+ and Luke Montague on Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons.

June 1973 - John Heywood Street, Clayton, looking towards Ilford Street. The shop on the right of the picture is the onl...
19/11/2019

June 1973 - John Heywood Street, Clayton, looking towards Ilford Street. The shop on the right of the picture is the only one still standing today! #Clayton #1970s Manchester Libraries Manchester Past British Culture Archive

‪Join us today at Central Library as photographer Richard Davis takes us on a photographic journey through #Hulme in the...
16/11/2019

‪Join us today at Central Library as photographer Richard Davis takes us on a photographic journey through #Hulme in the #80s & #90s. Free drop-in, all welcome.‬ #lemnsissay #manchester #blackandwhitephotography

Sunday Spooktacular - Library Live
19/10/2019
Sunday Spooktacular - Library Live

Sunday Spooktacular - Library Live

As part of Manchester’s Halloween in the City weekend, we are celebrating with a totally Spooky Sunday at Manchester Central Library. We have many tricks and treats planned for those children brave enough to enter the haunted library! Marvel at the magical drag queen storytellers Discover the demo...

#VolunteerFinds Manchester Airport, March 1973 - a pair of #BOAC jets about to head off for exotic climes!
03/10/2019

#VolunteerFinds Manchester Airport, March 1973 - a pair of #BOAC jets about to head off for exotic climes!

#VolunteerFinds - 29th May 1973, Granada TV HQ on Quay Street, an important part of Manchester's cultural history, to sa...
02/10/2019

#VolunteerFinds - 29th May 1973, Granada TV HQ on Quay Street, an important part of Manchester's cultural history, to say the least (Coronation Street and the Beatles first TV appearance came from here) An image we found only 30 minutes ago, now broadcast to the world!

#VolunteerFinds May 1973, South King St./St James Square - a nice atmospheric shot, a variety of classic cars, and the s...
01/10/2019

#VolunteerFinds May 1973, South King St./St James Square - a nice atmospheric shot, a variety of classic cars, and the shop straight ahead is making me feel rather peckish for some strange reason...

#VolunteerFinds - Old market Street, Blackley on a dark winter's afternoon, February 1973. The child in the parka looks ...
20/09/2019

#VolunteerFinds - Old market Street, Blackley on a dark winter's afternoon, February 1973. The child in the parka looks like he's stepped out of a Ready Break advert! #TownHallPhotographersCollection @GMPBlackley @GMLibraries @MancLibraries

#VolunteerFinds - Guilty looking doggy sat in the "master's" chair! Margot Street, Harpurhey March 1973. Found this by a...
19/09/2019

#VolunteerFinds - Guilty looking doggy sat in the "master's" chair! Margot Street, Harpurhey March 1973. Found this by accident, thought straight away it just had to be shared 😊 Love the 70s style furnishings! #TownHallPhotographersCollection @MancLibraries @GMLibraries

18/09/2019
North West Film Archive

North West Film Archive

This Saturday (1pm-4pm) we're going to get involved in the Cheetham Festival Open Day at Archives+ in Central Library, by showing films of Cheetham Hill and Crumpsall.
Here's a taster of what's in store: a lovely record of St Mark's Church Whit Walk in 1973, captured by Salford filmmaker Ralph Brookes.
Come along on Saturday and find out more. There will also be archive handling sessions, family activities and behind-the-scenes tours of the Library.

The Cheetham Cultural Festival runs from 19-22 September with a series of free events throughout the area - find out more here: https://www.manchesterjewishmuseum.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/2019_CHEETHAM_FEST_FINAL.pdf.

#VolunteerFinds - Heald Place, Rusholme on 21st March 1973, the very day our volunteer who digitised this image was born...
18/09/2019

#VolunteerFinds - Heald Place, Rusholme on 21st March 1973, the very day our volunteer who digitised this image was born! Love the #Austin1800 (just like my grandad's car) and the rickety wooden fencing! #TownHallPhotographersCollection @MancLibraries @MCCRusholme @GMLibraries

#VolunteerFinds - As #CheethamFest is almost upon us, we thought it apt to show you this image of 160 Cheetham Hill Road...
17/09/2019

#VolunteerFinds - As #CheethamFest is almost upon us, we thought it apt to show you this image of 160 Cheetham Hill Road from March 1973. Building still there to this day! #TownHallPhotographersCollection @MancLibraries @ManJewishMuseum @NorthwardsMCR @MCCCheetham

As promised a few more photos from the summer activities with Archives+ Manchester Libraries. See if you can spot yourse...
06/09/2019

As promised a few more photos from the summer activities with Archives+ Manchester Libraries. See if you can spot yourself! These amazing aliens, rockets and space ship sessions were designed by the lovely Caroline Coates Illustration and Craft Workshops. Many thanks Caroline.

We’ve had a fantastic summer meeting young people and families at our Summer Reading Challenge activities in the Media L...
06/09/2019

We’ve had a fantastic summer meeting young people and families at our Summer Reading Challenge activities in the Media Lounge Manchester Libraries Here is a collection of photos, taken over the summer, of our brilliantly creative families and volunteers. A big thank you to the volunteers from TeleperformanceUK and individuals from our communities who signed up to volunteer with us, your enthusiasm and commitment to the Summer Reading Challenge was outstanding.

23/08/2019

And here’s Roving Robots demo part 2, thanks Sam and Louis.

23/08/2019

Sam & Louis demonstrate Dash & Dot at our family coding session this afternoon. If you missed it, Roving Robots coding session will be on again next Friday, 2-4pm in the Media Lounge.

It’s Roving Robots Family coding activity today in the Media Lounge. If you’re new to coding come along and learn more. ...
23/08/2019

It’s Roving Robots Family coding activity today in the Media Lounge. If you’re new to coding come along and learn more. It’s lots of fun! Free drop-in, for ages 8+. Manchester Libraries

Archives+'s cover photo
16/08/2019

Archives+'s cover photo

Our teen takeover day is coming to an end. It was a great experiencing the library today but we’ve got hooked on the rob...
16/08/2019

Our teen takeover day is coming to an end. It was a great experiencing the library today but we’ve got hooked on the robots! Volunteer Aaron is helping us with coding and it’s awesome. Manchester Libraries Kids in Museums

There’s so much to do in Central Library! A shop, music library with pianos and drums and lots of exhibitions. It’s so b...
16/08/2019

There’s so much to do in Central Library! A shop, music library with pianos and drums and lots of exhibitions. It’s so big! Manchester Libraries Kids in Museums

Hi, today we’ve got a robot coding event at 2-4pm in the Media Lounge, where you can come and learn how to code. This ev...
16/08/2019

Hi, today we’ve got a robot coding event at 2-4pm in the Media Lounge, where you can come and learn how to code. This event is for ages 8+ as well as families. Here we are checking out these cute robots, exciting! Manchester Libraries

Women of Aktion - This is an exhibition currently on display at Central Library about the German Revolution 1918. We are...
16/08/2019

Women of Aktion - This is an exhibition currently on display at Central Library about the German Revolution 1918. We are surprised and impressed with the female revolutionaries eg Hilde Kramer, who was a similar age to us, dedicated her life to the fight for socialism. Manchester Histories Manchester Libraries

Come and checkout our fantastic display of books and pamphlets on the Peterloo Massacre which took place 200 years ago t...
16/08/2019

Come and checkout our fantastic display of books and pamphlets on the Peterloo Massacre which took place 200 years ago today. Manchester Histories Manchester Libraries

16/08/2019

Here is Beverley, an apprentice at Central Library telling us her story. We love archives! Manchester Libraries

Hi, we’re Abby, Afraa and Abdul (the A Team!) and we’ve taken over Archives+ Facebook today!
16/08/2019

Hi, we’re Abby, Afraa and Abdul (the A Team!) and we’ve taken over Archives+ Facebook today!

Archives+'s cover photo
16/08/2019

Archives+'s cover photo

#VolunteerFinds - Chinatown 1973. During the 60s & 70s many Chinese restaurants opened in this area. These images from t...
07/08/2019

#VolunteerFinds - Chinatown 1973. During the 60s & 70s many Chinese restaurants opened in this area. These images from the #TownHallPhotographersCollection show how Chinatown looked before the archway and pagoda were built in 86/87. @ChinatownMCR @GMLibraries @ManCityCouncil

‪We’ll be in the Media Lounge, Central Library again today, 2-4pm creating Summer Reading Challenge space rockets & alie...
25/07/2019

‪We’ll be in the Media Lounge, Central Library again today, 2-4pm creating Summer Reading Challenge space rockets & aliens, collecting book reviews and more! Free drop-in, don’t miss it! Abby, our new volunteer has painted her nails to match her fab volunteer T-shirt! ReadMCR ‬Manchester Libraries National Literacy Trust Librarylivemcr

#VolunteerFinds - The changing face of the Oxford Road student corridor, February 1973, from 2 bumper batches of negativ...
23/07/2019

#VolunteerFinds - The changing face of the Oxford Road student corridor, February 1973, from 2 bumper batches of negatives. Even I don't remember some of these buildings from my own student days! Manchester Libraries Manchester Metropolitan University University Manchester Heritage

#VolunteerFinds - February 1973, a blue plaque commemorating the long lost Gaiety Theatre sits on Television House (now ...
17/07/2019

#VolunteerFinds - February 1973, a blue plaque commemorating the long lost Gaiety Theatre sits on Television House (now The Lexicon). As it's next door to us, we've had a look to see if it's still there & there's no plaque now! Where's it gone? @MancLibraries @Manchesterpast

#VolunteerFinds - In February 1973 you could have quenched your thirst at these inviting looking (& long gone) Openshaw ...
16/07/2019

#VolunteerFinds - In February 1973 you could have quenched your thirst at these inviting looking (& long gone) Openshaw public houses, the Dog & Partridge and the Mechanics Arms. @MancLibraries @GMLibraries @Manchesterpast @Pubs_of_Mcr

#VolunteerFinds Today's first scan - two lovely "old dears" having a good gossip! Taken in the vicinity of Conran Street...
02/07/2019

#VolunteerFinds Today's first scan - two lovely "old dears" having a good gossip! Taken in the vicinity of Conran Street, Harpurhey, 16th January 1973 @MancLibraries @Manchesterpast @GMLibraries

Interested in Chinese poetry? Free event Saturday 13 July!
02/07/2019

Interested in Chinese poetry? Free event Saturday 13 July!

Join poet Yu Yoyo and translator Dave Haysom for a workshop on Chinese-English translation at Central Library. Learn about Chinese poetry and language in this exciting workshop. No experience necessary! Free event. Central Library, Saturday 13th July, 10:00-12pm. Please follow link for more details and how to book:
https://www2.mmu.ac.uk/poetrylibrary/events/detail/index.php?id=11545

#VolunteerFinds - Oldham Road Warehouse Jan 1973. Does anyone remember the name El Sylvenda? @MancLibraries @Manchesterp...
28/06/2019

#VolunteerFinds - Oldham Road Warehouse Jan 1973. Does anyone remember the name El Sylvenda? @MancLibraries @Manchesterpast @GMLibraries

#VolunteerFinds - I came across this photo last week (one of the first I've scanned as part of the Town Hall Photographe...
26/06/2019

#VolunteerFinds - I came across this photo last week (one of the first I've scanned as part of the Town Hall Photographers' project) and couldn't help but smile – such a bright, happy-looking house on an otherwise quite grey street! 😀 See more here: http://ow.ly/8vur50uNxRd

#VolunteerFinds Not so long ago, we posted some images from July 1972 showing the John Dalton Building going up on Oxfor...
14/06/2019

#VolunteerFinds Not so long ago, we posted some images from July 1972 showing the John Dalton Building going up on Oxford Road. These images are from December '72, and building work seems to be progressing well! @MancLibraries @Manchesterpast @GMLibraries @ManMetUni

Only 1 week to go until @makemusicdayuk – have you checked out our line-up? http://ow.ly/Q62b50uxark Don’t forget, if yo...
14/06/2019

Only 1 week to go until @makemusicdayuk – have you checked out our line-up? http://ow.ly/Q62b50uxark Don’t forget, if you can’t make it to Central Library on the day, you can watch live performances on Facebook @manchesteribraries @MakeMusicDayUK

#VolunteerFinds The last 2 images from a huge batch of negatives from around Gloucester St, Gorton, November 1972. Your ...
12/06/2019

#VolunteerFinds The last 2 images from a huge batch of negatives from around Gloucester St, Gorton, November 1972. Your volunteer feels like he's trawled around every street in Gorton now as a result of scanning them! #gorton @MancLibraries @Manchesterpast @GMLibraries

#VolunteerFinds Going "glamping" in Gorton! Old style VW camper van in Castlegate Street, November 1972. And as for the ...
11/06/2019

#VolunteerFinds Going "glamping" in Gorton! Old style VW camper van in Castlegate Street, November 1972. And as for the other image, insert your own Del Boy Trotter gags here! #Gorton #vw #reliantrobin @MancLibraries @Manchesterpast @GMLibraries

#VolunteerFinds - The Claremont Super Cinema on Claremont St/Upper Lloyd St, Moss Side, awaiting its fate, summer of 197...
29/05/2019

#VolunteerFinds - The Claremont Super Cinema on Claremont St/Upper Lloyd St, Moss Side, awaiting its fate, summer of 1972. If any of the kids in the alley recognise themselves, shout up! @MancLibraries @Manchesterpast @GMLibraries @MCCRusholme

#VolunteerFinds - These are a few of your tweeter's favourite things - Victorian terraced houses, dogs, and old Minis! S...
28/05/2019

#VolunteerFinds - These are a few of your tweeter's favourite things - Victorian terraced houses, dogs, and old Minis! Shots taken around Victoria Road/Iona Street (late Ivy St), Gorton, November 1972 @MancLibraries @Manchesterpast @GMLibraries

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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?
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Thank you for a great afternoon!