As lockdown restrictions continue to ease, many of us are still feeling some isolation from our loved ones. We hope Archives+ can help you to stay in touch by taking a look at our popular online memory boxes which can be used as a starting point in discovering your family history, finding out what your family’s childhood was like, looking back at the area where they grew up, discovering their fondest childhood memories and maybe uncover some hidden gems.  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 Moss Side. Below you will find a collection of images from Moss Side, alongside 6 worksheets. The worksheets are set around 6 themes: Industry, Place, Health and Living Conditions, Pastimes, Radical Thinking, 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. 

Manchester Local Image Collection

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Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre and Education Trust

NSPCC Staying safe online guide for children.

Age UK Staying safe online guide for older people

Claremont Road, south side, no.s 64 – 68 corner Park Avenue, Moss Side 1962
Greame Street, south side, no 116, Moss Side 1962
Moss Side Shopping Centre (no date)
no 53 bus route, Cecil Street, Moss Lane East 1962
Youngers Kestral Lager Brewery, Raby Street, Moss Side 1980
Princess Road, east side, from Claremont Road to Alison Street 1967
Princess Road west side left hand side from Raby Street to New Lorne Street, 1967

Princess Road/Moss Lane East, accident between tram and lorry, Moss Side 1906
Originally Manchester Corporation Tramways depot/later used by Stagecoach as bus depot, Princess Road, Moss Side – image taken in 1967
Maine Road from Ebberstone Street to Claremont Road. Manchester City Football Club, Moss Side 1968
Moss Side Baths, Broadfield Road 1906 – Baths and Wash Houses
Moss Side Fire Station, Manchester 1907
Moss Side Library, Manchester 1910
Alexandra Park Estate, Moss side (no date) – copyright Image Aviation

Cecil Street, Moss Side 1972
66 Cowesby Street, Moss Side 1968 (Jannine and Gary Robertson)
Greame Street at Russell Street, Moss Side 1974
“Moss Side District Centre – view of new housing site” 1970
Granville Street – old terraces for new, taken from Greame Street, Moss Side 1974
Wellington Street, Moss Side 1968
Baths and Wash Houses, Moss Side Baths, Manchester, wash stalls 1906

Moss Side Carnival – Alexandra Park, Moss Side 1972
Moss Side Amateur Boxing Club 1984
Hideaway youth club, Sewerby Street, Moss Side – on site of Moss Side Baptist Church 1973
Moss Side Youth Centre 1972
Wycliffe Cinema, Princess Road, Moss Side 1967
Temperance Billiard Hall, Moss Lane East at junction with Westwood Street 1905
The Reno Club and Nile Club, Princess Road, east side, from Moss Lane East 1967

Elouise Edwards MBE was involved in many projects to help solve the problems faced by the African-Caribbean people of Manchester and was awarded an MBE for her amazing contribution.
Elouise Edwards Photographic Archive – (From left to right) C. Robinson, Dorothy Kuya, and Kath Locke at a women’s conference organised by Black Women’s Mutual Aid at Princess Road Junior School in 1975
Elouise Edwards Photographic Archive – Friendly gathering of women associated with the Manchester Black Women’s Co-op, n.d. (GB124.DPA/1742/15). Second left, Melanie Duncan, Barbara Duncan (holding a doll) and Paula Jones. The cards in the background were taken from a book geared specifically towards motivating Black children in the field of education. Title of book was “I want to be”.
Elouise Edwards Photographic Archive – Viviene, Manchester Black Women’s Co-op, 1978 (GB124.DPA/1742/1). Viviene, daughter of Rasheda (Pakistan) and Ossy (Jamaica) in 1978. She is seen here standing inside the premises of Manchester Black Women’s Co-op with a leaflet advertising a fund raising event to be held by Black Women’s Mutual Aid to raise funds for St. Ann’s Hospice where the late Ada Phillips and member of the MBWC died.
Emmeline Pankhurst, born in Moss Side (Sloane Street) 14 July 1858 founded the Women’s Social and Political Union, whose members (suffragettes) campaigned for women’s suffrage (the right to vote).

St James Church and Rectory, Princess Road, Moss Side 1972
Princess Road School, Fingland Street, Moss Side 1977
Congregational church, Claremont Road, from Cranswick Street, Moss Side 1969
Webster County Junior & Infants School, Denmark Street, Lloyd Street, Moss Side 1974
Manchester Spiritualist Church, Raby Street junction with Moss Lane, Moss Side 1973
Welsh Church, Moss Lane, Moss Side 1906 – Church of Divine Mercy, Roman Catholic (Polish)
Great Western Street Methodist Church, Great Western Street, Moss Side 1960

We hope you have enjoyed looking back at the photographs of Moss Side. 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 .