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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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Looking forward to meeting a local group from Boggart Hole Clough today. Let's hope we don't come across any Boggarts! P...
04/09/2021

Looking forward to meeting a local group from Boggart Hole Clough today. Let's hope we don't come across any Boggarts!
Photo 1: Boating Lake 1930.
Photo 2: Refreshment rooms 1909.
Photo 3:Fountain 1907
Photo 4: View lake, opening day 1910.
#boggartholeclough #blackley #Manchester #mcrparks #lookingback #MCRactive

In September 1879 Lancashire Telephonic Exchange Ltd. opened the first telephone exchange in Manchester. This image of t...
03/09/2021

In September 1879 Lancashire Telephonic Exchange Ltd. opened the first telephone exchange in Manchester. This image of the exchange on Faulkner Street was taken in 1980.
Close by is the Chinese Arch on Faulkner Street, seen here during construction 1986.
#Chinatown #Manchester

Photograph taken 100 years ago #OTD - Wilmslow Road, Fallowfield, view from Moseley Road 31/08/1921.There are over 80,00...
31/08/2021

Photograph taken 100 years ago #OTD - Wilmslow Road, Fallowfield, view from Moseley Road 31/08/1921.
There are over 80,000 local images available to view at https://images.manchester.gov.uk/index.php
Take a look and see if you can find your street!
#blackandwhitephotography #backintheday #fallowfield

Photograph taken 100 years ago #OTD - Wilmslow Road, Fallowfield, view from Moseley Road 31/08/1921.
There are over 80,000 local images available to view at https://images.manchester.gov.uk/index.php
Take a look and see if you can find your street!
#blackandwhitephotography #backintheday #fallowfield

Happy Manchester Pride weekend! 🌈Here's a link to a special #Pride  online memory box we created last year with help fro...
28/08/2021
Online Memory Box: PRIDE Manchester’s LGBTQ+ History

Happy Manchester Pride weekend! 🌈
Here's a link to a special #Pride online memory box we created last year with help from young people
The Proud Trust #manchesterpride

http://bit.ly/3BmXwC6

It’s PRIDE this weekend! Each week during lockdown, Archives+ have published an online memory box focusing on different areas in Manchester. This week, to tie in with the Alternative Man…

#OTD 16 August 1819 a meeting of between 60,000 & 80,000 people calling for parliamentary reform was held at St Peter’s ...
16/08/2021
Peterloo: star items

#OTD 16 August 1819 a meeting of between 60,000 & 80,000 people calling for parliamentary reform was held at St Peter’s Field in Manchester. Between 15-20 were killed & hundreds were injured. The event became known as the #PeterlooMassacre.

Archive album https://bit.ly/3yUcOx7

Explore this photo album by Manchester Archives+ on Flickr!

#Didsbury Princess Road 1921 - 100 years ago! Photo 1: Princess Rd looking from Barlow Moor Rd. Photo 2 & 3: Concrete mi...
12/08/2021

#Didsbury Princess Road 1921 - 100 years ago! Photo 1: Princess Rd looking from Barlow Moor Rd. Photo 2 & 3: Concrete mixing. Photo 4: Making concrete kerbs. #backintheday #blackandwhitephotography

Launched in 1906, Crossley Motors was a major supplier of military vehicles during WW1 & WW2. Here's an interesting phot...
10/08/2021

Launched in 1906, Crossley Motors was a major supplier of military vehicles during WW1 & WW2. Here's an interesting photo of a Crossley electric battery vehicle 1935 & an aerial shot of Gorton & Belle Vue, showing Crossley Motors in 1922. #blackandwhitephotography #ElectricVehicles

Before the era of car boot sales & recycling centres was the rag-and-bone-man calling out ‘rag n’ bone’ or ‘any old iron...
09/08/2021

Before the era of car boot sales & recycling centres was the rag-and-bone-man calling out ‘rag n’ bone’ or ‘any old iron’. Does anyone remember running out with their unwanted items?
Photo 1: Ancoats, Price St 1939.
Photo 2: Ford Lane, Wythenshawe 1953.
Photo 3: Oldham Rd, Miles Platting 1961.
Photo 4: Egerton St, Denton 1971. #recycling #blackandwhitephotography #denton #ancoats #wythenshawe #Milesplatting #ragandbone #lookingback

#TeamGB racing up the medal table with 3 golds in the bag :)White City High Diving 1910, cycling back in the 40s and the...
26/07/2021

#TeamGB racing up the medal table with 3 golds in the bag :)
White City High Diving 1910, cycling back in the 40s and the iconic "Olympic sized" Sharston Baths, if only for those pesky tiles! #Olympics

Fab images of young people's fashion from 50s-80s. Photo 1: Queuing for ice cream 1954. Photo 2: St Ambrose Church 1960....
21/07/2021

Fab images of young people's fashion from 50s-80s. Photo 1: Queuing for ice cream 1954. Photo 2: St Ambrose Church 1960. Photo 3: Clogs £6.99, Levi jeans £4.50, Horse-shoe belt £1.50 1972. Photo 4: MCR Carnival 1980 #fashion #blackandwhitephotography

It's hot out there! Time to find your goggles and cossie! Photo 1: Blackpool studio photograph 1925. Photo 2: New Isling...
20/07/2021

It's hot out there! Time to find your goggles and cossie! Photo 1: Blackpool studio photograph 1925. Photo 2: New Islington Baths, Ancoats, Swimming Gala 1950. Photo 3: Harpurhey Baths 1970. Photo 4: Harpurhey Baths "Learn to swim campaign" 1970. #blackandwhitephotography

The sun's out, time to play! Photo 1: New Gorton playground 1952. Photo 2: Ardwick Green 1955. Photo 3: Hulme Walk playg...
20/07/2021

The sun's out, time to play!
Photo 1: New Gorton playground 1952.
Photo 2: Ardwick Green 1955.
Photo 3: Hulme Walk playground 1971.
Photo 4: Moss Side adventure playground 1973.
#Playground #streetphotography #blackandwhitephotography

The Arndale Centre opened in 1979 and is bordered by Withy Grove, High Street, Market Street and Corporation Street. The...
08/07/2021

The Arndale Centre opened in 1979 and is bordered by Withy Grove, High Street, Market Street and Corporation Street. These wonderful #ThrowbackThursday photos from the #TownHallPhotographersCollection are listed as "Arndale Appeal" dated 1972, showing the area pre-Arndale.

Join us next Tuesday for our free gig! Demo Tapes is a music-making project hosted by Archives+ (Manchester Libraries) a...
07/07/2021

Join us next Tuesday for our free gig! Demo Tapes is a music-making project hosted by Archives+ (Manchester Libraries) and supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund which brings together newly-digitised sound archives from the North West HUB of 'Unlocking Our Sound Heritage' and young musicians from Brighter Sound, More Music and Collective Encounters to create new tracks around the theme of protest. Tune in from 6-8pm 👉 http://ow.ly/Ahmb30rMZgJ

Join us next Tuesday 13 July on Reform Radio's Mixcloud Live for an evening of protest music in response to sound archives from the North West, created as part of Demo Tapes 📣

Demo Tapes is a music-making project hosted by Archives+ (Manchester Libraries) and supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund which brings together newly-digitised sound archives and young musicians from More Music and Collective Encounters to create new tracks around the theme of protest. Tune in from 6-8pm 👉 http://ow.ly/Ahmb30rMZgJ

On this day 6th July 1916 an entry in Duke Street Infants school log book. Here is an image of Duke Street School 1906 b...
06/07/2021

On this day 6th July 1916 an entry in Duke Street Infants school log book. Here is an image of Duke Street School 1906 but is it the same school as the log book?

Happy birthday to our NHS & a huge thank you 💙The NHS was launched 5 July 1948 by Health Secretary Aneurin Bevan at Park...
05/07/2021

Happy birthday to our NHS & a huge thank you 💙
The NHS was launched 5 July 1948 by Health Secretary Aneurin Bevan at Park Hospital, Davyhulme (image 2 aerial view 1930).
Image 1: Child Welfare Clinic MCR 1950.
Image 3: MRI 1950.
Image 4: Wythenshawe Hospital 1972
#NHS73 #NHS

On this day in 1857 Queen Victoria visited the Art Treasures Exhibition. Manchester was transformed from being a city of...
30/06/2021
The Art Treasures Exhibition, 1857

On this day in 1857 Queen Victoria visited the Art Treasures Exhibition. Manchester was transformed from being a city of industry and commerce to being a cultural destination fit for a Queen. Over 16,000 exhibits were collected from around Great Britain and exhibited in a purpose built exhibition palace in Old Trafford. The exhibition displayed art that had never before been seen in public and significantly influenced the display of future exhibitions and the way art was studied. Take a look at our blog to find out more.
https://bit.ly/3dtYYce

Many of us will be familiar with Manchester’s industrial heritage but did you know that Manchester once staged the greatest temporary art exhibition the country, and possibly even the world, …

Taking a look back at Blackfriars Street over the years. Photo 1: Group of working class Victorians 1894. Photo 2: Corne...
29/06/2021

Taking a look back at Blackfriars Street over the years.
Photo 1: Group of working class Victorians 1894.
Photo 2: Corner of Blackfriars St/Deansgate 1933.
Photo 3: Corner of Blackfriars St/Deansgate 1956.
Photo 4: Cromwell Buildings, Blackfriars St 1973.

The following images capture the boundary between Hulme and Streford in 1901. Photo1 : 383 Stretford Rd. Photo 2: Lucy S...
28/06/2021

The following images capture the boundary between Hulme and Streford in 1901. Photo1 : 383 Stretford Rd. Photo 2: Lucy St boundary at 420 Stretford Rd. Photo 3: 17 Lever St and 1 Bold St. Photo 4: Drayton St at Messrs Groves and Whitnalls Brewery.

Here's a selection of images from Ringway Airport, which officially opened on 25 June 1938. Photo 1: Petrol pumps refuel...
25/06/2021

Here's a selection of images from Ringway Airport, which officially opened on 25 June 1938.
Photo 1: Petrol pumps refuelling machine 1938.
Photo 2: Control tower 1957.
Photo 3: Aerial view 1970.
Photo 4: Spectator gallery 1974.
You can view more images of Manchester Airport in our Manchester Local Image Collection here https://bit.ly/3gW8lDO
Manchester Airport

A small selection from our Wartime recipes collection which will be on display at our stall in St Peter's Square this Sa...
24/06/2021

A small selection from our Wartime recipes collection which will be on display at our stall in St Peter's Square this Saturday 26 June, between 11-4. Come along and join us as we celebrate Armed Forces Day - A Big Thank you. Armed Forces Day

#WindrushDay Please take a look at our Archives+ volunteer blogs written in 2018 marking 70 yrs since Empire Windrush se...
22/06/2021
Windrush in the Press

#WindrushDay
Please take a look at our Archives+ volunteer blogs written in 2018 marking 70 yrs since Empire Windrush set sail from the West Indies & docked in UK 22 Jun 1948.
bit.ly/3j7ol7r Windrush in the Press

The arrival of Empire Windrush at Tilbury docks seventy years ago marked a new era in British immigration history. Using the archives available at Manchester Central Library this blog post will ex…

#WindrushDay Please take a look at our Archives+ volunteer blogs written in 2018 marking 70 yrs since Empire Windrush se...
22/06/2021
Louise Da-Cocodia and the discrimination faced by black nurses in the infant days of the NHS – The 70th anniversary of the Empire Windrush and the NHS.

#WindrushDay
Please take a look at our Archives+ volunteer blogs written in 2018 marking 70 yrs since Empire Windrush set sail from the West Indies & docked in UK 22 Jun 1948.
https://bit.ly/3xISWwa Louise Da-Cocodia

The summer of 2018 sees the 70th anniversary of two key moments in British history – the first wave of post-war mass immigration with the arrival of HMT Empire Windrush on 22 June 1948 and th…

#WindrushDay Please take a look at our Archives+ volunteer blogs written in 2018 marking 70 yrs since Empire Windrush se...
22/06/2021
The Windrush Generation – Euton Christian

#WindrushDay
Please take a look at our Archives+ volunteer blogs written in 2018 marking 70 yrs since Empire Windrush set sail from the West Indies & docked in UK 22 Jun 1948.
https://bit.ly/2TWMvGT Euton Christian

This year marks seventy years since the Empire Windrush set sail from the West Indies and docked in the UK on June 22nd 1948. Originally sent to bring servicemen who were on leave from the British …

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 pr******te 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

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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?
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