On Saturday, Central Library hosted their annual Christmas Extravaganza. This event is the start of the festive season for many local residents as one comment from the day suggests, ‘Choirs in the library and meeting Father Christmas has become part of our annual Christmas experience for the whole family, lovely.’


This year we included the magic of a Green Screen, with our National Archives Trainee Jane on the activity. Using colourful Christmas cards from around the world, provided by the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre, Victorian Christmas cards from the archives and film footage from the North West Film Archives; we were able to take some wonderful pictures and record Christmas messages. All of the photographs and messages were tweeted on the @archivesplus Twitter account on the day.

For a photograph, each family chose which image they would like to use and then posed in front of the Green Screen.  The resulting images were very colourful and festive.

Others decided on sending a Christmas message using film footage from the North West Film Archive.  Click on the links to watch a couple – A Christmas Message , What I want for Christmas.


Other activities were enjoyed by visitors and the day was full of festive fun.  With Santa in his grotto and crafts galore Christmas got off to a great start at Central Library.


To find out about future events please visit our website – click here.