We’ve now entered “Lockdown 2” for the next 4 weeks and we hope Archives+ can once again help you to stay in touch with each other with our popular memory boxes online. These 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. 

Why not take this opportunity to find out about those important stories, ensuring family histories are passed on to the next generation. These 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.  

Since the first lockdown in March 2020, Archives+ has published 17 online memory boxes covering some of the neighbourhoods in Manchester, and this month we’re taking a look at Burnage. Below you will find a collection of images from Burnage, 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 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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Victoria Inn, Burnage Lane 1954 m15711
Burnage Lane East 1962 m15775
Burnage Lane East 1962 m15759
Entrance to Hans Renold Ltd, Burnage Lane 1962 m15789
(1103/250) Mr. Kershaw talks about his apprenticeship at Hans Renolds and why he chose that “…with living in Fallowfield it wasn’t too far to go…you used to walk across the fields in those days from Fallowfield to Burnage…”
Courtesy of Tameside Local Studies and Archives Centre
Greenend Road/Kingsway 1966 Negative No: 1966-0711
Burnage Lane 1968 Negative No: 1968-1005.2
Burnage Lane 1968 Negative No: 1968-1005.5
Green End Hotel, Mauldeth Road, Burnage 1970 m49701

Burnage Post office and George Lowe Provision Dealer, Burnage 1897 m15677
Burnage Lane 1910 m28196
The Garden Village, Burnage 1910 m15658
The Garden Village, Burnage 1910 m15663
Burnage Hall, the avenue, photo taken in spring before gates were pulled down 1911 m48107
Thatched Cottages (front elevation), Burnage Lane 1929
Aerial Views, Burnage, Lido Cinema, Kingsway, and Green End Road 1932 m67647

For a more in depth look at Burnage Garden City, there is an excellent resource booklet and exhibition catalogue by Martin Dodge and Ali Ronan called “Celebrating Burnage Garden City”. This exhibition was recently displayed in Manchester Central Library.

Burnage Band 1900 m05993
Burnage Miniature Railway, Burnage 1912 m62382
Burnage District Library, Burnage Lane 1962 m15744
Cringle Fields, Burnage 1963 m58021
Odeon Cinema, Green End Road/Kingsway, Burnage 1966 Negative No: 1966-0715.1
Mobile Library at site of new Burnage Library, Burnage lane 1973 m51087
Opening Burnage Library, Burnage Lane 1974 m51498
Woodcraft Folk, Burnage Branch, Manchester 1989 m68375

(1103/86) Mrs. Connolly remembers the different family homes she grew up in; including a traditional hand weaver’s cottage. These cottages were common across Lancashire. She describes the facilities inside “…we had a marvellous fireplace and oven… it was lovely coming home on a winter’s day…”
Courtesy of Tameside Local Studies and Archives Centre
Mauldeth Road, Burnage 1964 Negative No: 1964-0010
Duchess of York Hospital for Babies (formerly Manchester Babies Hospital), Burnage Lane, Burnage 1924 m52817
Main Avenue, entrance to the private estate (Burnage Garden Village), Burnage Lane 1962 m15735
Burnage Lane 1968 Negative No: 1968-1005.4
Burnage Lane/Crossley Road 1962 Negative No: 1962-3659.1
Green End Road, Kingsway, Burnage 1966 Negative No: 1966-0715.2
Mauldeth Road, Burnage 1964 Negative No: 1964-0004

Burnage Community Centre, Burnage Lane 1962 m15742
Burnage County Primary School, Burnage Lane 1962 m64567
Burnage Grammar School, Burnage Lane 1962 m15827
Church of Christ, Green End, Burnage Lane West 1962 m15845
Congregational Church, Burnage Lane 1962 m15733
Green End County Primary School, Burnage Lane 1962 m15746
St Bernards Primary School, Burnage Lane 1962 m15745
St. Bernards Roman Catholic Church, Burnage Lane West 1962 m15825
St. Margaret’s Church, Lych Gate, Burnage Lane West 1962 m15816
St Nicholas Church, Kingsway, Burnage 1945 m78992

We hope you have enjoyed looking back at the photographs of Burnage. More areas will be covered each month 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 .

Also, check out the fantastic Burnage: A Place Called Home, a Heritage Lottery Funded project from Burnage Library, Activity and Information Hub, exploring the stories of the Burnage estates.