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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Thank you Barbara for sharing this fantastic find for our Didsbury Online Memory Box! Barbara's grandmother is listed on...
19/06/2020

Thank you Barbara for sharing this fantastic find for our Didsbury Online Memory Box! Barbara's grandmother is listed on the 1911 census as a servant/kitchen maid at Lawnhurst - here's the family photo she has kindly found, her grandmother is on the right. #ArchivesPlusMemorybox Didsbury Civic Society

Oldham Road, Ancoats, 1898.
18/06/2020

Oldham Road, Ancoats, 1898.

Hulme Yard, Castlefield, 1966.
17/06/2020

Hulme Yard, Castlefield, 1966.

Timeline Photos
16/06/2020

Timeline Photos

A selection of images from the Manchester Local Image Collection, featuring photographs taken at Platt Fields Park Flowe...
16/06/2020

A selection of images from the Manchester Local Image Collection, featuring photographs taken at Platt Fields Park Flower Show between 1959-1972.

This week's memory box takes a look back at the Didsbury area. Below you will find a collection of images and worksheets...
15/06/2020

This week's memory box takes a look back at the Didsbury area. Below you will find a collection of images and worksheets to use as prompts to start up a conversation.
For more information about the online memory boxes see the Archives+ blog site https://manchesterarchiveplus.wordpress.com

This week's memory box takes a look back at the Didsbury area. Below you will find a collection of images and worksheets to use as prompts to start up a conversation.
For more information about the online memory boxes see the Archives+ blog site https://manchesterarchiveplus.wordpress.com

A collection of photographs from the Manchester Local Image Collection, picturing Barlow Moor Road east side in 1959.
15/06/2020

A collection of photographs from the Manchester Local Image Collection, picturing Barlow Moor Road east side in 1959.

To end the week of the "Library City" online memory box, here's a gem from the #TownHallPhotographersCollection showing ...
14/06/2020

To end the week of the "Library City" online memory box, here's a gem from the #TownHallPhotographersCollection showing "Gaeity site - view of new housing", Mount Street/Peter Street opposite Central Library 1961 #photooftheday #blackandwhitephotography #manchester #manchestercentrallibrary #1960s

Filmed 10 years ago, take a look at what the library stack area once looked like beneath the Woodson Reading Room.
13/06/2020
Manchester Central Library - The Stacks

Filmed 10 years ago, take a look at what the library stack area once looked like beneath the Woodson Reading Room.

A trip down through Manchester Central Library’s stack system. Beneath the Great Hall, at the heart of the library, are four levels of library stacks (storage…

New #TownHallPhotographersCollection images added to Archives+ Flickr photo stream bit.ly/3fieczA -  Spinningfields 1972...
12/06/2020

New #TownHallPhotographersCollection images added to Archives+ Flickr photo stream bit.ly/3fieczA - Spinningfields 1972, showing John Rylands Library and Manchester Evening News offices. Looks a little bit different now! #blackandwhitephotography #photooftheday #johnrylandslibrary #manchestereveningnews #spinningfields #manchester @ Spinningfields Manchester

Withington Library was opened on the 30th May 1927. The First World War interrupted progress from 1911 until 1925 the li...
11/06/2020

Withington Library was opened on the 30th May 1927. The First World War interrupted progress from 1911 until 1925 the library had a temporary home in a converted house on the site of the present library. The library was designed by the City Architect, Henry Price.

‪New photos added to Archives+ Flickr from #TownHallPhotographerCollection - View from CIS building 1972. Do you think t...
10/06/2020

‪New photos added to Archives+ Flickr from #TownHallPhotographerCollection - View from CIS building 1972. Do you think the view has changed much? ‬ #blackandwhitephotography #manchester #cisbuilding #photooftheday @ CIS Tower

1970's fashion.  A selection of photographs from the Manchester Local Image Collection.
10/06/2020

1970's fashion. A selection of photographs from the Manchester Local Image Collection.

Mancunian Way Concrete Society Winner, 1968. Photographs from Manchester City Council's submission document.http://ow.ly...
09/06/2020

Mancunian Way Concrete Society Winner, 1968. Photographs from Manchester City Council's submission document.
http://ow.ly/syzB50zXwCr

Manchester shop fronts in the 1970s. A selection of photographs from the Manchester Local Image Collection.
08/06/2020

Manchester shop fronts in the 1970s. A selection of photographs from the Manchester Local Image Collection.

This week's memory box collection is a special edition called "Library City" and we'll be taking a look at the magnifice...
08/06/2020

This week's memory box collection is a special edition called "Library City" and we'll be taking a look at the magnificent libraries both past and present in Manchester City Centre. Below you will find a collection of images of some of the oldest and most beautiful libraries in the world, which are right here on our doorstep! Factsheets are included giving some information about these iconic buildings. Using these factsheets as prompts to start up a conversation, ask your relatives if they have any fond memories of visiting or studying in these libraries.
For more information about the online memory boxes and to see 2 videos of Central Library see the Archives+ blog site https://manchesterarchiveplus.wordpress.com

This week's memory box collection is a special edition called "Library City" and we'll be taking a look at the magnificent libraries both past and present in Manchester City Centre. Below you will find a collection of images of some of the oldest and most beautiful libraries in the world, which are right here on our doorstep! Factsheets are included giving some information about these iconic buildings. Using these factsheets as prompts to start up a conversation, ask your relatives if they have any fond memories of visiting or studying in these libraries.
For more information about the online memory boxes and to see 2 videos of Central Library see the Archives+ blog site https://manchesterarchiveplus.wordpress.com

William Crabtree, a Broughton draper was asked by a curate friend, Jeremiah Horrox to observe the Transit of Venus, on N...
06/06/2020

William Crabtree, a Broughton draper was asked by a curate friend, Jeremiah Horrox to observe the Transit of Venus, on November 24th. Initially Horrox's calculations were wrong, but with Crabtree's help, his new tables were corrected and the event was observed at the right time.

A collection of images relating to Didsbury Library, including a Ground floor by Henry Price, 1914.
05/06/2020

A collection of images relating to Didsbury Library, including a Ground floor by Henry Price, 1914.

Wythenshawe, Hall Lane, Baguley, Sub centre shop, Butchers Shop, 1949.
04/06/2020

Wythenshawe, Hall Lane, Baguley, Sub centre shop, Butchers Shop, 1949.

The Great Hall designed by Architect Vincent E. Harris. The acoustics of the Great Hall are unusual to say the least: th...
03/06/2020

The Great Hall designed by Architect Vincent E. Harris. The acoustics of the Great Hall are unusual to say the least: the dome creates an extraordinary 'whispering gallery' effect, which changes depending on where you stand in the room.
http://ow.ly/mm5550zXvX8

Social Sciences Library (Great Hall), Manchester Central Library, 1960
03/06/2020

Social Sciences Library (Great Hall), Manchester Central Library, 1960

Soldiers at Home In England Taken during the First World War.
01/06/2020

Soldiers at Home In England Taken during the First World War.

Three amazing images of #MancunianWay building progress in 1966, plus the unveiling attended by Prime Minister Harold Wi...
01/06/2020

Three amazing images of #MancunianWay building progress in 1966, plus the unveiling attended by Prime Minister Harold Wilson 1967. Did you attend this, can you spot yourself in the photo? We'd love to hear! #townhallphotographerscollection #blackandwhitephotography

As lockdown continues and we’re staying close to home, it’s a great time to explore the history of your local area. Each...
30/05/2020

As lockdown continues and we’re staying close to home, it’s a great time to explore the history of your local area. Each week Archives+ will publish a memory box for an area in Manchester; this week it’s Levenshulme. There will be 6 worksheets to use as prompts to start up a conversation and we're encouraging everyone taking part to share their findings with us. See the Archives+ blog for more details https://bit.ly/2XKhAMn

As lockdown continues and we’re staying close to home, it’s a great time to explore the history of your local area. Each week Archives+ will publish a memory box for an area in Manchester; this week it’s Levenshulme. There will be 6 worksheets to use as prompts to start up a conversation and we're encouraging everyone taking part to share their findings with us. See the Archives+ blog for more details https://bit.ly/2XKhAMn

A collection of posters and photographs from Library Theatre productions in the past.Full album via the link below.http:...
29/05/2020

A collection of posters and photographs from Library Theatre productions in the past.

Full album via the link below.

http://ow.ly/gSg950zRfUS

Lost Gardens.Images and posters relating to Belle Vue Zoological Gardens.Full album via link Below. http://ow.ly/cTFC50z...
28/05/2020

Lost Gardens.

Images and posters relating to Belle Vue Zoological Gardens.
Full album via link Below.

http://ow.ly/cTFC50zRdDi

Belle Vue Zoological Gardens, 1899.Here is a selection of images from our Flickr album. The full collection may be viewe...
27/05/2020

Belle Vue Zoological Gardens, 1899.

Here is a selection of images from our Flickr album. The full collection may be viewed via the link below.

http://ow.ly/2GVN50zRdck

Photographer Shirley Baker was born in Salford in 1932. She is primarily known for her poignant street scenes taken arou...
26/05/2020

Photographer Shirley Baker was born in Salford in 1932. She is primarily known for her poignant street scenes taken around Manchester in the '50s and '60s. Here is a selection of images from our Flickr album, taken in Manchester Airport.
http://ow.ly/VmKv50zQ2bV

As lockdown continues and we’re very much staying close to home, it’s a great time to explore the history of your local ...
25/05/2020

As lockdown continues and we’re very much staying close to home, it’s a great time to explore the history of your local area. Each week Archives+ will publish a memory box for an area in Manchester; this week it’s Levenshulme. There will be 6 worksheets to use as prompts to start up a conversation and we're encouraging everyone taking part to share their findings with us. See the Archives+ blog for more details https://bit.ly/3c0oySz

As lockdown continues and we’re very much staying close to home, it’s a great time to explore the history of your local area. Each week Archives+ will publish a memory box for an area in Manchester; this week it’s Levenshulme. There will be 6 worksheets to use as prompts to start up a conversation and we're encouraging everyone taking part to share their findings with us. See the Archives+ blog for more details https://bit.ly/3c0oySz

Our new blog out today looks at the link between Manchester and the 'Spanish Flu' of 1918. https://manchesterarchiveplus...
24/05/2020
The “Spanish Flu” pandemic and Manchester

Our new blog out today looks at the link between Manchester and the 'Spanish Flu' of 1918.
https://manchesterarchiveplus.wordpress.com/2020/05/24/the-spanish-flu-pandemic-and-manchester/… #LocalHistory20 Manchester Past Our Town Story Visit Manchester

As we deal with the coronavirus pandemic it is perhaps worth contemplating the 1918 flu pandemic (known as the “Spanish Flu” not because it originated in Spain – the geographical origin is still no…

A few favourites from this week's 1972 Flickr uploads! Fab car on Holker St (Victoria Park), the iconic Kennet House (de...
20/05/2020

A few favourites from this week's 1972 Flickr uploads! Fab car on Holker St (Victoria Park), the iconic Kennet House (demolished in 1979) and a model of proposed new building outside MCR Town Hall 1972.
To see more check out https://www.flickr.com/photos/manchesterarchiveplus/albums

As lockdown continues, it’s more important than ever to stay connected with your loved ones, whilst observing the govern...
18/05/2020

As lockdown continues, it’s more important than ever to stay connected with your loved ones, whilst observing the government led social distancing guidelines. We hope Archives+ can help you to do this by publishing our popular memory boxes online which can be used as a starting point in discovering your family history, find out what their childhood was like, look back at the area where they grew up, discover their fondest childhood memories and maybe uncover some hidden gems in your family’s story. Whilst children are off school and many adults are at home, why not take this opportunity to find out about those important stories thus ensuring this history is passed on to the next generation which can often get lost or put off for another day as we lead our busy lives. Sharing memories of days gone by can bring families closer together, listening to elderly relatives can be a comfort for families as they gain an insight into their life stories. Each week Archives+ will publish a memory box for an area in Manchester, this week our archive collections cover Wythenshawe. Below you will find a collection of images from Wythenshawe, alongside 6 worksheets. The worksheets are set around 6 themes: Industry, Place, Health and Living Conditions, Pastimes, Radical Thinking, Communities. Using the worksheets as prompts to start up a conversation, write down your findings on a piece of paper, or if you prefer type into a tablet or PC. For more information see the Archives+ blog post https://manchesterarchiveplus.wordpress.com/2020/05/18/online-memory-box-wythenshawe/

As lockdown continues, it’s more important than ever to stay connected with your loved ones, whilst observing the government led social distancing guidelines. We hope Archives+ can help you to do this by publishing our popular memory boxes online which can be used as a starting point in discovering your family history, find out what their childhood was like, look back at the area where they grew up, discover their fondest childhood memories and maybe uncover some hidden gems in your family’s story. Whilst children are off school and many adults are at home, why not take this opportunity to find out about those important stories thus ensuring this history is passed on to the next generation which can often get lost or put off for another day as we lead our busy lives. Sharing memories of days gone by can bring families closer together, listening to elderly relatives can be a comfort for families as they gain an insight into their life stories. Each week Archives+ will publish a memory box for an area in Manchester, this week our archive collections cover Wythenshawe. Below you will find a collection of images from Wythenshawe, alongside 6 worksheets. The worksheets are set around 6 themes: Industry, Place, Health and Living Conditions, Pastimes, Radical Thinking, Communities. Using the worksheets as prompts to start up a conversation, write down your findings on a piece of paper, or if you prefer type into a tablet or PC. For more information see the Archives+ blog post https://manchesterarchiveplus.wordpress.com/2020/05/18/online-memory-box-wythenshawe/

Selected images from the Manchester Local Image Collection, picturing performers at Belle Vue circus between 1951 to 196...
15/05/2020

Selected images from the Manchester Local Image Collection, picturing performers at Belle Vue circus between 1951 to 1963.

Selected images from the May Day, Archives+ Flickr Album. The full album is available to view via the link below.http://...
14/05/2020

Selected images from the May Day, Archives+ Flickr Album. The full album is available to view via the link below.

http://ow.ly/Z0Le50zCBjX

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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?
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