As the lockdown continues, it’s more important than ever to stay connected with your loved ones, whilst observing the government led social distancing guidelines. We hope Archives+ can help you to do this by publishing our popular memory boxes online which can be used as a starting point in discovering your family history, find out what their childhood was like, look back at the area where they grew up, discover their fondest childhood memories and maybe uncover some hidden gems in your family’s story. 

Whilst children are off school and many adults are at home, why not take this opportunity to find out about those important stories thus ensuring this history is passed on to the next generation which can often get lost or put off for another day as we lead our busy lives. Sharing memories of days gone by can bring families closer together, listening to elderly relatives can be a comfort for families as they gain an insight into their life stories.  

Each week Archives+ will publish a memory box for an area in Manchester, this week our archive collections cover Levenshulme. Below you will find a collection of images from Levenshulme, alongside 6 worksheets. The worksheets are set around 6 themes: Industry, Place, Health and Living Conditions, Pastimes, Notable Levenshulme, and Communities. Using the worksheets as prompts to start up a conversation, write down your findings on a piece of paper, or if you prefer type into a tablet or PC. 

In addition to this blog, the online memory box will be published on the Archives+ Facebook page. Dig out your old photos too, these can also be a brilliant resource to trigger fond memories of family times.We encourage you to share your findings on social media, either as comments on our Facebook page or on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #ArchivesPlusMemorybox

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If you are unable to share your photos and stories online, when the libraries reopen bring copies of your family memories into your local library.  In the coming year we will produce an exhibition in your local library of selected submissions, shared both online and in person.  

Please make sure that if you share any information with us that the person you have spoken to is happy for you to share it with Archives+. When sharing your findings try to avoid sharing too much personal information such as surnames and date of birth as these details can identify your loved ones.


Unlocking Your Sound Archive have produced a blog about conducting oral history interviews with family members. The audio clips included in this online memory box have been kindly supplied by Unlocking Your Sound Archive. 

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NSPCC Staying safe online guide for children.

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Stockport Road east side No 56, Catholic Church to Delamere Road (formerly the site of a cinema) Levenshulme 1959
Alan Talbot mentions his schooldays and remembers his first job as a butcher’s boy delivering meat by bicycle in Levenshulme. OH/2374a-e2
The Atlas Engineering Works, Chapel Street from Stanhope Street, Levenshulme
Barlow Road, Levenshulme 1930
Levenshulme Market, Farm Side Place from Stockport Road 1971
Wayne Fontana tells Mike Sweeney about buying his first ever record from a record shop in Levenshulme – Buddy Holly’s Rave On.
Copyright Piccadilly Radio
Longsight, Stockport Road east side No 24, Midway Hotel to Gorton / Levenshulme Boundary 1959
Stockport Road east side No 67, Grindleton Buildings, Levenshulme 1959

Albert Road, L & NW Railway Bridge, Levenshulme 1909
Music Class, St Andrews Church of England Primary School, Levenshulme 1968
Levenshulme Council Offices, Stockport Road, Levenshulme 1907
Chapel Street Council School, Levenshulme 1907
Stockport Road east side No 61, Old Police Station, Levenshulme 1959
Levenshulme Girls High School, Levenshulme 1910
Midway House, Stockport Road, Levenshulme 1900
“The Midway Hotel”, Stockport Road, Levenshulme 1970
Government Buildings, Labour Exchange, Levenshulme 1964

Levenshulme Library, Manchester 1895
Palace Cinema, Farm Side Place from Stockport Road, Levenshulme 1971
ABC Bowling Alley – Bingo Club – Regal Cinema, Stockport Road, Levenshulme 1970
Levenshulme Baths and Wash Houses, Manchester 1920
Mr. Hooley shares details of public hygiene common for the times, which are thankfully
no longer with us today! “Baths? We never had baths, only if we went to the public baths…”
Chapel Street Park, Levenshulme 1965
Chapel Street Park, Levenshulme 1964

Duchess of York Hospital for Babies, Slade Lane, Levenshulme 1952
Rowley Avenue, Levenshulme 1968
Barlow Road, from Fairbourne Road, Levenshulme 1914
Stockport Road, Levenshulme 1918
Henderson Street, rear view, Levenshulme 1964
Alan Talbot, born in 1935, describes the Levenshulme house he grew up in. OH/2374a-e1
Central Avenue / Windsor Road, Levenshulme 1910

Sir Norman Foster – world renowned architect, grew up in Levenshulme. He studied at Levenshulme Library. (Photo Levenshulme Library 1910)
Controversial Conservative politician Earnest Marples was born in Levenshulme in 1907. As Post master General, he implemented the Premium Bonds scheme. He later became Minister of Transport, opening the first long stretch of motorway in the UK, the M1. In retirement Mr Marples fled the UK to avoid tax evasion.
Actress Beryl Reid grew up in Manchester and attended Levenshulme Girls’ High School. Aerial View of Levenshulme Girls’ High School 1932
Actor Arthur Lowe, who starred in the TV series “Dad’s Army” attended Chapel Street Primary School, Levenshulme 1929

St Peters Church, Levenshulme 1969
Levenshulme Boys Club, Rostron Street, Stanmere Hall, Levenshulme 1965
St Marks Church, Church of England, Levenshulme 1918
Maternity and Child Welfare Centre, Woodfold Avenue, Levenshulme 1971 – now Noor Masjid Mosque
Levenshulme Catholic Club, Central Avenue, Levenshulme 1971
Levenshulme Congregational Chapel, Stockport Road east side No 29, Levenshulme 1959

We hope you have enjoyed looking back at the photographs of Levenshulme. More areas will be covered each week and if you would like to see more images, don’t forget to check out the photograph albums on Flickr and the Manchester Local Image Collection .