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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#chorltonbookfestival starts today! Here’s a Beautiful photograph of Chorlton Library, taken immediately after opening i...
19/09/2020

#chorltonbookfestival starts today! Here’s a Beautiful photograph of Chorlton Library, taken immediately after opening in 1914 with trees and stones added by photographer. #chorlton #manchester #photography

#TownHallPhotographersCollection - "Ringway Airport 1958, progress on runway". More images from the 1954-1959 photo albu...
16/09/2020

#TownHallPhotographersCollection - "Ringway Airport 1958, progress on runway". More images from the 1954-1959 photo album can be found on our Archives+ Flickr album bit.ly/2ZGBbPt #manchesterairport #ringway #runway #50s #manchester #southmanchester #wythenshawe #blackandwhitephotography #photography

Let's not forget the United fans! Brilliant photos!
15/09/2020

Let's not forget the United fans! Brilliant photos!

Fantastic photos!
15/09/2020

Fantastic photos!

"Manchester…heart of the Industrial North" published in October 1937 by the Manchester Chamber if Commerce - beautiful w...
15/09/2020

"Manchester…heart of the Industrial North" published in October 1937 by the Manchester Chamber if Commerce - beautiful watercolour sketches by Arnold Radcliffe & L G McKibbin. For more info see Archives+ blog entitled Watercolour Challenge 1837 which includes a link to our Flickr album bit.ly/3mi4pOh #watercolour #manchester #chamberofcommerce #art

On 12 Sept 1960 Manchester London Rd Station changed its name to Manchester Piccadilly Station. Photo of London Road Sta...
14/09/2020

On 12 Sept 1960 Manchester London Rd Station changed its name to Manchester Piccadilly Station. Photo of London Road Station, c.1948 from the collection of Mrs. Elsie Ward in the Documentary Photographic Archive. #londonroadfirestation #manchester #blackandwhitephotography

From Archives+ Flickr album “Old Manchester: Then & Now” - The Princess Tavern at the junction of Cross Street & John Da...
12/09/2020

From Archives+ Flickr album “Old Manchester: Then & Now” - The Princess Tavern at the junction of Cross Street & John Dalton Street, late 19th cent. 2nd photo is Cross Street taken in 2002. Has it changed since 2002? Album showing a few more here ArchivesPlus Flickr bit.ly/35n6z9j #manchester #thenandnow #blackandwhitephotography

#TownHallPhotoraphersCollection YMCA, Peter Street, 1985 - Built on the site of the 1819 #PeterlooMassacre, it was one o...
09/09/2020

#TownHallPhotoraphersCollection YMCA, Peter Street, 1985 - Built on the site of the 1819 #PeterlooMassacre, it was one of the first concrete framed buildings in Manchester. #manchester #ymca #blackandwhitephotography

A Peep at the Manchester Art Treasures Exhebishan, by Tom Treddlenoyle, London, 1857 - Several dialect guides were publi...
07/09/2020

A Peep at the Manchester Art Treasures Exhebishan, by Tom Treddlenoyle, London, 1857 - Several dialect guides were published to accompany the Art Treasures Exhibition. They can be difficult to decipher but are an amusing read! (707.4 M12a)
See more on the Archives+ Flickr photo album bit.ly/323jvz4 #archives #Arttreasures #Manchester

Happy Manchester Pride everyone!
31/08/2020
Online Memory Box: PRIDE Manchester’s LGBTQ+ History

Happy Manchester Pride everyone!

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…

The Daily Express Building 1939 - image shows vast rolls of paper arriving by lorry.  Central MCR had its very own ‘Flee...
26/08/2020

The Daily Express Building 1939 - image shows vast rolls of paper arriving by lorry. Central MCR had its very own ‘Fleet Street’, this building and the entertainment complex now known as The Printworks were once newspaper production and printing plants. #dailyexpressbuilding #printworksmanchester #blackandwhitephotography #newspaper #manchester

Frank Jackson's Cycle Shop, Ashley Road, Hale, c.1900 - Mr. Jackson is standing in doorway. The photograph shows one of ...
25/08/2020

Frank Jackson's Cycle Shop, Ashley Road, Hale, c.1900 - Mr. Jackson is standing in doorway. The photograph shows one of the 1st motorbikes. The bicycle shop went on to deal in motorbikes.
GB124.DPA/978/1
This photograph was deposited by Miss Gray of Altrincham. #cycling #motorbike #altrincham #blackandwhitephotography

Monday Memories: PRIDE Manchester's LGBTQ+ HistoryWith help from the fab young people at The Proud Trust (who have creat...
24/08/2020
Online Memory Box: PRIDE Manchester’s LGBTQ+ History

Monday Memories: PRIDE Manchester's LGBTQ+ History
With help from the fab young people at The Proud Trust (who have created some fantastic illustrations for the conversation starter worksheets) we're sharing some of our LGBTQ+ collection. Take a look! https://bit.ly/2EpGYkx

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…

Marco Rea's ice-cream van, Ancoats, 1930s. He lived at his premises at Hood Street, Ancoats. Part of a collection of pho...
23/08/2020

Marco Rea's ice-cream van, Ancoats, 1930s. He lived at his premises at Hood Street, Ancoats.
Part of a collection of photographs loaned from a socioloinguistic project into the Italian community centred around Ancoats. (Ref GB124.DPA.1707.25)
#Ancoats #icecream

#TownHallPhotographersCollection -  Friday Find! Sir Matt Busby at Manchester Town Hall 1967, receiving the award of Hon...
21/08/2020

#TownHallPhotographersCollection - Friday Find! Sir Matt Busby at Manchester Town Hall 1967, receiving the award of Honorary Freedom of the City of Manchester. #manchesterunited #sirmattbusby #manchester #mufc #blackandwhitephotography @ Manchester, United Kingdom

20/08/2020
Manchester Libraries

Yay!!!😁😁😁

Central Library re-opens on Thursday 20th August, 2020

#TownHallPhotographersCollection Piccadilly Train Station 1961 - new offices. #blackandwhitephotography #manchester #pic...
19/08/2020

#TownHallPhotographersCollection Piccadilly Train Station 1961 - new offices. #blackandwhitephotography #manchester #piccadilly

Monday Memories: This week's online memory box features images and sound bites from Chorlton to take you back in time. h...
17/08/2020
Online Memory Box: Chorlton

Monday Memories: This week's online memory box features images and sound bites from Chorlton to take you back in time.
https://bit.ly/3gZw979
#Chorlton #ArchivesPlusMemorybox

During these uncertain times we hope Archives+ can help you to stay in touch by publishing our popular memory boxes online which can be used as a starting point in discovering your family history, …

15/08/2020

Our final creative work from Manchester Youth Council members - a message of Love and Peace.
#VJDayMCR and #VJDay75
Photo - Peace statue "Struggle for Freedom and Peace" 2002 @mycthehive

Manchester Youth Council member Alice, reflecting on her experience of being away from friends and family during lockdow...
15/08/2020

Manchester Youth Council member Alice, reflecting on her experience of being away from friends and family during lockdown, shares her thoughts of those in service, past and present, away from their families.
#VJDayMCR and #VJDay75 Manchester Youth Council

Farzana from Manchester Youth Council @mycthehive shares her piece of creative work around Peace and Unity, inspired by ...
15/08/2020

Farzana from Manchester Youth Council @mycthehive shares her piece of creative work around Peace and Unity, inspired by images of peace from Archives+.
#VJDayMCR #VJDay75

15/08/2020

Second creative piece from Manchester Youth Council members @mycthehive
Peace statue SHEEP by Ted Roocroft, 1986. Manchester was the first city in the world to declare itself a nuclear free city in 1980.
#VJDayMCR #VJDay75

Today we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of WW2. Remembering those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, Manchest...
15/08/2020

Today we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of WW2. Remembering those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, Manchester Youth Council will be sharing their creative work around "Peace and Unity". #VJDayMCR #VJDay75
(Photo - A.R.P. Exercises, civilians wearing Gas Masks 1941)

15/08/2020

Our first creative piece is from @mycthehive members Alex & Noor (origami doves made by Noor's younger brother)
#VJDayMCR #VJDay75

Moss Side, Denmark Road, looking towards Lloyd Street, 1915 #blackandwhitephotography #manchester #mossside
13/08/2020

Moss Side, Denmark Road, looking towards Lloyd Street, 1915 #blackandwhitephotography #manchester #mossside

Bridgewater Canal, Hulme Locks reconstruction, 1962 #blackandwhitephotography #bridgewatercanal #manchester  @ Mancheste...
12/08/2020

Bridgewater Canal, Hulme Locks reconstruction, 1962 #blackandwhitephotography #bridgewatercanal #manchester @ Manchester, United Kingdom

Ancoats, Oldham Road, 1961 #blackandwhitephotography #manchester #ancoats  @ Manchester, United Kingdom
11/08/2020

Ancoats, Oldham Road, 1961 #blackandwhitephotography #manchester #ancoats @ Manchester, United Kingdom

New Islington Public Baths, 1906 #blackandwhitephotography #manchester #newislington
06/08/2020

New Islington Public Baths, 1906 #blackandwhitephotography #manchester #newislington

New Islington Public Baths, 1906 #blackandwhitephotography #manchester #newislington
06/08/2020

New Islington Public Baths, 1906 #blackandwhitephotography #manchester #newislington

Workmen constructing the CIS Building, Manchester, c.1962 #blackandwhitephotography #manchester
03/08/2020

Workmen constructing the CIS Building, Manchester, c.1962 #blackandwhitephotography #manchester

Monday Memories: The latest addition to our memory box collection covers the Fallowfield area. Take a look and see if th...
03/08/2020
Online Memory Box: Fallowfield

Monday Memories: The latest addition to our memory box collection covers the Fallowfield area. Take a look and see if the photographs trigger any forgotten memories for your family of growing up in Manchester. https://bit.ly/39QHJi2

During these uncertain times we hope Archives+ can help you to stay in touch by publishing our popular memory boxes online which can be used as a starting point in discovering your family history, …

#TownHallPhotographersCollection Chancellor Lane CPO, Queen Street 1965 #manchester #blackandwhitephotography #archive
31/07/2020

#TownHallPhotographersCollection Chancellor Lane CPO, Queen Street 1965 #manchester #blackandwhitephotography #archive

Student Rag Procession, 1976, coming down Oxford Road, towards St Peter's Square, taken from the Library Portico. #manch...
29/07/2020

Student Rag Procession, 1976, coming down Oxford Road, towards St Peter's Square, taken from the Library Portico. #manchester #university #student #blackandwhitephotography

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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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