Flickr is a photo management and sharing website which also boasts an active online community. The Manchester Archives have our very own flickr account with over 3,000 images to explore: http://www.flickr.com/photos/manchesterarchiveplus/ and we are also members of the Manchester Flickr group: http://www.flickr.com/groups/manchesteruk
At 1pm on Saturday 23rd July 2011 a small group of people holding cameras gathered at the bottom end of Wilmslow Road at the start of Manchester’s famous curry mile. The reason for this? They were all members of the Manchester Flickr group and had been called upon to re-take some archive photographs which can be found here: http://s.coop/3e2f their pooled results of the shoot can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/groups/1716955@N20/ the group then went on to photograph the Manchester Mega Mela which was being held not too far away at Platt Fields Park where us Archive staff were manning a stand and where the story continues…
It was an interesting start to the day, sunny but windy and the great grey crowd that loomed over Manchester in the morning luckily went on to bother somewhere else by the afternoon. Our stand was in the Mixed-Media/Arts & Crafts tent which was incredibly busy (the organisers were expecting 50,000 visitors to the park over the whole weekend.) Our stand consisted of lots of copies of archive material relating to the Asian community in Manchester, an ipad which held a slideshow of all our digitised archive images and also paperwork so people could sign up for a library card right there and then for free!
It was great interacting with the members of the public, curious to see what our stand was all about, with many signing up for library membership throughout the day. The ipad was most popular with the younger generation with a few sticky fingers exploring the image collection and asking questions which we were more than happy to answer. The older generation were mostly interested in the physical photographs, often picking them up with a spark of recognition in their eyes and going on to share their stories and reminiscences with us.