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Each week during lockdown, Archives+ have published an online memory box focusing on different areas in Manchester. This week, to tie in with the Alternative Manchester Pride Festival from the comfort of your home, we’re sharing some of our brilliant LGBTQ+ archives. Young people from The Proud Trust have helped us to select some of the content and have created some fantastic illustrations and questions for the conversation starter worksheets. Take a look and see if the photographs and images trigger any forgotten memories for you and your friends and families.
Below you will find a collection of photographs and images from our LGBTQ+ collection, alongside 6 worksheets. The worksheets are set around 6 themes: The Gay Village, Radical, Culture, Community, The Proud Trust, and Information. The worksheets included can be used as prompts to start up a conversation and we’re encouraging everyone taking part to share their findings with us.
Dig out your old photos too, these can also be a brilliant resource to trigger fond memories of happy 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 are fully reopen bring copies of your 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 LGBTQ+ archives. More areas of Manchester will be continue to be covered in the upcoming months. 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 .