Made in Trafford

In this blog post, we find out how Trafford Local Studies has contributed to the Made in Greater Manchester project. Two of England’s earliest industrial areas lay within the boundary of Trafford – on the south was Broadheath and to the north, Trafford Park. Both of these industrial estates were world leaders in their day.…

Made in Oldham

In this blog post, we find out how Oldham Local Studies and Archives has contributed to the Made in Greater Manchester project.  My first assignment after joining the team at Oldham Local Studies and Archives was to work with two of their experienced volunteers, Dorothy and Pat, who had bravely volunteered to take part in…

The life of Evelyn Briggs

One of TV’s most common adverts today is Ray Winstone promoting, or advising safe gambling. In 2013, it was found that the sports match betting industry was worth between £435bn-£625bn each. This is no doubt due to the increase in ways in which people can actually bet. TV’s, laptops, phones, all provide ways in which…

The Manchester Ship Canal Company

The Manchester Ship Canal Company (MSCC) owned and operated the Manchester Ship Canal, a 36-mile waterway connecting the Irish Sea harbour at Liverpool with central Manchester, for over 100 years. Formally opened by Queen Victoria in 1894, the canal is a passage for ships carrying more than 8 million tons of cargo annually. The archive…

Memories of Walkers Part 4 – the War

“Walker Brothers Ltd made a significant contribution to the war effort in the 1940s. Machine shop fans were assembled to serve underground aircraft factories at Corsham near Bath and Drakelow (Kidderminster). In the erection shop there were several marine engines for the Canadian Navy – one for a Corvette, two for a frigate – and…