Viviene, Manchester Black Women's Co-op, 1978 (GB124.DPA/1742/1)Viviene at the Manchester Black Women’s Co-op, 1978

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.
Group Photograph of Chief Atiyio's family in Nigeria, 1960sChief 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

Darncombe Street, Moss Side, 1974

Areas due for demolition and redevelopment and the new housing that replaced them are included in the collections.
10 Bassey Walk, Moss Side, Sep 1974The newly built Bassey Walk, 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, 1951Class 111A, Webster Street School, 1951

Central Station, Manchester, Porter,1957Porter, Central Station, 1957

Denmark Road Toy Shop, Moss Side, 1962Toy Shop, Denmark Road, Moss Side, 1962

Children at play, people at work, new homes and new babies, local schools and local shops, these are pictures that tell an important and powerful story.
Family photograph taken at Princess Road Studios. Mrs. Smith with six of her children:- Jeffery, Joy, Royston, Simon, Shirley and Steven, 1977 (ref: GB124.DPA/1771/9)
The Smith Family, 1977

Black History Month‘s byline is ‘Aspiration and mobility since the Windrush’.