As the lockdown continues to ease we hope Archives+ can help you to stay in touch by publishing our popular memory boxes online 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 in your family’s story. 

Whilst children are still off school and many adults remain 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’s online memory box takes a look at Longsight, with glimpses into the surrounding streets. Below you will find a collection of images from Longsight, alongside 5 worksheets. The worksheets are set around 5 themes: Industry, Place, Health and Living Conditions, Pastimes 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. 

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.

Age UK Staying safe online guide for older people

Stockport Road, Longsight 1913
Interior of Daisy Works Mill, Stockport Road, Longsight 1932
Stockport Road, Longsight 1962
Shahnaz Restaurant, Stockport Road, Longsight 1969
“Chell Street CPO area”, Longsight 1972 – Presumably Slade Lane
“Chell Street CPO area”, Longsight 1972
Longsight Market, Manchester 1986

Aerial Views, Longsight, Stockport Road running across foreground, W H Powell Ltd Daisy Works, next to church, Manchester 1924
Stanley Grove, L and N W Ry Bridge, Longsight 1909
Stanley Grove from Stockport Road, looking towards North Road, Longsight 1925
Slade Hall, Longsight built in 1585 by George and Edward Siddall whose descendants owned the house until 1905 when it was bought by the L.N.W Railway Company, In 1954 it was a doctor’s surgery
Manchester Corporation Rates Offices, Longsight Library, Stockport Road, Longsight 1955
W and H Pownall Ltd (Hosiery Manufacturers), Daisy Works, Stockport Road (east side, 51), Longsight 1958
Longsight Public Hall and Library, Haley Street in 1982 when it was used by Longsight Community Association

Crowcroft Park, Longsight, The Bandstand, Manchester 1911
Shaftesbury Cinema, Stockport Road, Longsight 1958
Longsight Cricket Ground. Flats are off Bickerdike Avenue from south end, facing south, Bickerdike Avenue 1966
Billiard Hall, Slade Lane, Stockport Road end, Longsight 1971
Longsight Library, Stockport Road 1971
Kings Theatre, Longsight 1972
Longsight Festival, 1979. Crowd Watching ‘It’s a Knockout’ in Front of Longsight Police Station 1979

(1103/66) e02 Mrs. Pearson recalls her father’s pharmacy in Longsight; the remedies he used, patent medicines sold and how he was more of a herbalist making his own drinks “Oh he made a fortune out of dandelion and burdock and herb beers…” Courtesy of Tameside Local Studies and Archives Centre
Chipping Street, Longsight 1965
Smart Street, Longsight 1965
Elgar Street, Longsight 1965
Slade Grove, Longsight 1971
Duncan Road from Hamilton Road, Longsight 1971
Chell Street, Longsight 1972
Kingfisher Close, Longsight 1975

Baptist College Mission, Halsbury Street, Longsight 1900
Bethshan Tabernacle, Longsight 1963
Crowcroft Park Primary School, Longsight 1964
Stanley Grove County School, Parry Road, Rushford Street, Longsight 1965
St Agnes Birch, from Hamilton Road, Longsight 1971
St Agnes’ Primary School, from Beresford Road, Longsight 1971
The West Indian Centre, Carmoor Road, Longsight 1985

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