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This is the blog of Manchester’s Archives+ partnership.

Archives+ will offer a wonderful, purpose-built showcase and repository for the region’s archive and family history supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Archives+ partnership will build on the appetite and demand for accessible community history and personal heritage. This one-stop-shop will make it easier than ever before to find what you’re looking for. The main partners in Archives+ are:

  • Greater Manchester County Record Office (Association of Greater Manchester Authorities)
  • Manchester Libraries, Information and Archives (Manchester City Council)
  • North West Film Archive (Manchester Metropolitan University)
  • Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre & Education Trust (University of Manchester)
  • Manchester & Lancashire Family History Society
  • BFI Mediatheque
  • Manchester Registration Service (Historic Registers)

Displays and exhibitions will explore the rich collections to tell the stories of Manchester’s people and communities. You’ll find all the local and family history resources you’re used to, from books, maps and original materials to self-service digitised items and online resources like

Archives+ will bring history to life using interactive exhibits, sound and vision. Its focus will be on telling stories and helping us to identify with our past. Our history isn’t just about the great and the good, it’s about personal testimony from ordinary people: a child in the cotton mill, the navvy, the land girl.

The blog includes posts on our collections, digital engagement and conservation. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook or email us at

3 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi im trying to find a piece of info out. I own the last petshop on Tib St and because of closing the side entrance it has been classified as “Swan Street”. However Im trying to check when the last record of this property being a petshop. I know it was previously part of department store and a machiner retail unit but I would like to know when it became a petshop?

    Address: 7-9 Swan Street (Corner of Tib St), M4 5JJ

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