2013 was the year that the Archives+ project kicked into gear. We thought for this week’s Friday Find we would take you through a whistle-stop tour of the highlights of our year.

Archives+ team

Archives+ staff started their roles based at Greater Manchester County Record Office. Joanne (Community Officer), Angela (Learning Officer) and Gaynor (Digital Access Officer) took up their posts as well as Nicky (The National Archives trainee). As you can see from this picture we were made to feel very welcome.

Wythenshawe Hall Open Day May 2013

We hit the ground running with our first large scale event, an open day at Wythenshawe Hall. May was also the month that our Facebook and Twitter pages went live.


Manchester Day Parade 1

We met some very interesting characters while attending the Manchester Day Parade. We also attended the Longsight Festival, Crumpsall Carnival, Armed Forces Day and Clayton Hall to name just a few.


Manchester Mega Mela, July 6th and 7th 2013

On one of the hottest weekends of the year we had a stall at Manchester Mega Mela on Plattfields Park with our partners from the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre.

Ordsall Hall, Salford, 1874



We visited Clayton Hall in September for their heritage open day where we met lots of new people and children coud have a go with our dip pen and ink to try copperplate handwriting

The Greater Manchester Archives and Local Studies partnership volunteers also came together for the first time to learn about our World War One project.

World War I postcardA postcard from our collections.


To celebrate Black History month we delivered a project in Loreto High school to research the life of Juba Royton one of the first records we have of a black man living in Greater Manchester in the 18th century. We worked with a group of students over 2 days. The first day was spent collecting information and images to include in a book on the life of Juba Royton and on the second day we also worked with an artist to create a model in clay to represent what the students thought Juba Royton would have looked like. A great time was had by all.

Juba Thomas RoytonNovember

Chorlton Book Festival was the highlight of the month when the Archives+ team, volunteers and Manchester libraries donned their fancy dress outfits to take part in the family fun day theme of ‘The Magical World of Books’. We took with us examples of books from our Special Collections and offered children’s craft avtivites.
Team photoOur team for the day and two of our volunteers helping out.

We visited the Rates Hall in the Town Hall Extension where we had our first Christmas Extravaganza where the Archives+ team and Manchester Libraries hosted an afternoon of choirs and crafts. Here we have Manchester Community choir performing for our visitors. The afternoon was a great success.