The Documentary Photographic Archive at the Greater Manchester County Record Office is an amazing resource. Made up of personal collections of family photographs, collected and copied in the days before computers, there is an ongoing process of digitisation and sharing of some of the images through our Manchester Archives flickr photostream.
Sometimes the family photos pre-date the move to Manchester, evidence of another life and status in a different country.
Chief Atiyio’s family in Nigeria, 1960s
Alongside these very personal photographs, we have a collection of images taken as part of neighbourhood surveys by both members of Photography Societies and the City Surveyors, charting the changing face of Manchester.
Darncombe Street, Moss Side, 1974
But communities are made of people, not just bricks and mortar, concrete and glass. Manchester’s recent story of immigration and changing communities can be followed through some of these images.
Class 111A, Webster Street School, 1951
Black History Month‘s byline is ‘Aspiration and mobility since the Windrush’.