We’re sorry that it’s been quiet on the Archives+ blog for a few weeks now.  As I’m sure you’re aware, we’re all working hard to get Central Library ready for reopening on March 22nd.  Things have come a long way since the beginning of the year, and this major landmark in our Heritage Lottery Funded project is almost here.



We’ve now got books on the shelves in the local studies area.  This area is also home to the Manchester and Lancashire Family History Society help desk where you can get advice from their friendly volunteers about tracing your ancestry.

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In the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre shelves are filling up with books.  They also have fantastic resources for teachers, more information about their Education Trust can be found here.


The BFI Mediatheque and North West Film Archive film pods are up and running.  We could all spend hours in here “testing” if there weren’t so many other things to finish off.

There are still lots of jobs to be done before we throw open the doors but the end is in sight.


So this is why we’ve been really quiet.  I hope we’ve shown you enough to whet your appetites but not so much as to spoil the surprise.  We look forward to seeing you all – we hope you’ve got March 22nd circled on your calendars.