On Saturday 29 January Manchester Archive+ welcomed the Flickr group Manchester, UK to the Greater Manchester County Record Office for a look around our photographic collections and a wander around our archive strongrooms. After that we hit Tib Street with our cameras.

Manchester, UK Flickr members, Greater Manchester County Record Office, 29 Jan 2011
Manchester, UK Flickr members, Greater Manchester County Record Office, 29 Jan 2011

We chose Tib Street as a location because this set of pictures taken by L. Kaye in 1959 has been such a hit since we uploaded it to Flickr. On one day the set got more than 15,000 hits!

The group set out to find the same scenes in 2011 and to document the ways in which the street has changed. You can see some then-and-now shots taken by staff here but the really skilful photography by Flickr members can be found here. David Kay of People’s Voice Media interviewed participants – watch the video here.

Tib Street, 1959
Tib Street, 1959
Tib Street, 2011
Tib Street, 2011
Photographers, 2011
Photographers, 2011

As you can see, lots of great shots have come out of the day. But the most exciting bit was meeting new enthusiastic people, and getting the chance to explain the Archives+ project to Flickr members and to the shopowners on Tib Street. Lots of memories of pet shops, markets, morning drinking sessions and much, much more were triggered by the event. You can see a video interview at the Military Kit shop here.

R. Groves, 1959/Abakhan, 2011
R. Groves, 1959/Abakhan, 2011

Here is a sample of responses from the day:

“A great place to see history and make friends”
“Would be improved by more tagging and geotagging of images”
“There is amazing wealth of old photos of Manchester”
“It’s difficult to find and not very visible – it seems a bit of a pity that such a resource is so hidden”
“You can’t take images like these nowadays – today’s society wouldn’t let us because people are not as comfortable having their picture taken”
“It makes me see the city in a more open way and inspires me to explore more”
“The Documentary Photographic Archive is an incredible resource with work by internationally known photographers”