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As lockdown restrictions continue to ease, eight of the city’s libraries will reopen on Saturday 4 July. We’ve missed our customers very much during these last few months and to celebrate the phased reopening we thought you might like to take a look back at our branch libraries. We hope our popular online memory boxes can help you to stay in touch with each other, using them as a starting point in discovering your family’s history, finding out what your family’s childhood was like and maybe uncover some hidden gems.
Below you will find a collection of images from the branch libraries in Manchester, alongside 3 worksheets. The worksheets focus on one aspect from North, Central and South area libraries. 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
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.
We hope you have enjoyed looking back at the photographs of the branch libraries. More neighbourhood 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 .