It’s that time of year when, all over Manchester, people are running around buying and wrapping presents. For the team at the Greater Manchester County Record Office it feels like all of our Christmases have come at once.
We’re really excited – as you can see. The new Central Library and its huge shiny new strongrooms are ready and waiting for the city’s archives to arrive from January onwards. In the spring we’ll be opening as part of the Archives+ partnership alongside the North West Film Archive, Manchester and Lancashire Family History Society and the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre.
Over the last few months we have been busy labelling, boxing and wrapping thousands of items to protect the archives and make sure that the move goes smoothly. We’re currently up to label number 55,950. So if you think you’ve got a lot of presents to wrap, think again!
Here’s a lovely plan of the Old Trafford exhibition site in 1887.