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With 2020 behind us and almost 10 months spent in various levels of lockdown, this past year has certainly tested us. As we step into 2021, the roll out of Covid 19 vaccines bring us hope for the new year to combat this awful pandemic. Many of us have spent more time at home this last year, and perhaps with the new year starting we are thinking about how we can increase our fitness levels. Our latest memory box takes a look back at sporting activities in Greater Manchester over the last 100 years. We hope this collection will inspire you to try new things. The memory boxes can also be used as a starting point in discovering your family history, finding out what your family’s childhood was like, discovering their fondest childhood memories and maybe uncover some hidden gems in your family’s story.
Since the first lockdown in March 2020, Archives+ has published 20 online memory boxes covering some of the neighbourhoods in Manchester. Below you will find a collection of sporting images to enjoy. 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 libraries are open, bring copies of your family memories into the 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 these photographs of sport through the decades. We will return to covering a new neighbourhood next month. 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 .