Leigh and South Central Lancashire Railway

I volunteered as part of the Made in Greater Manchester Project and some of the first maps I viewed at Archives+ in Manchester from the Bridgewater Estates Archive featured the Leigh and South Central Lancashire Railway. The maps showed the proposed routes of new colliery railways centred around Mosley Common on the Salford and Wigan…

Made in Rochdale

As part of our involvement in The Made in Greater Manchester Project, Rochdale Local Studies has chosen to focus on The Rochdale Electric Company (REC).  REC was incorporated on 31st January 1898 by a local business man Mr William Dobson Watson. William was born into a wealthy local family who ran a successful silk manufacturing…

Made in Manchester

Volunteers at Archives+ in Manchester have made an incredible contribution to the Made in Greater Manchester project. Sarah Hobbs, archivist at Archives+, reveals all here! “Business archives often consist of large, complex collections of records that lie neglected in the strong rooms, because archivists simply have not got the resources to catalogue them properly. Archives+,…

Made in Wigan

Walker Brothers of Wigan were one of the most important heavy engineering businesses in the north of England. From their base at the Pagefield Ironworks in Wigan and with decades of experience in the design and manufacture of mining equipment for the Lancashire coalfields, they grew into an organisation producing locomotives, road vehicles, winding gear…

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…