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+,…

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…

The Blackley Boy

Like many townships prior to the industrial revolution, Blackley had very few inhabitants. In the middle of the 17th century, Blackley was a meagre village with 107 residents, whereas in 2011, a census stated that there were in fact 13,686 residents in Higher Blackley. Notable residents in that time have been the comedian Bernard Manning,…

The Life of a Spinner

Manchester, partly because of the opening of the first man made canal, came to epitomise the industrial revolution. The canal helped to bring more trade to Manchester’s burgeoning textile industry, But the city wasn’t the primary place for the development of textiles. The textiles were weaved in the north, but spun in the south, and…

Project Update – Volunteer Training!

We are now five months into Made in Greater Manchester, and incredibly over 40 volunteers have already got involved with the project! Over the last few months many of the MIGM volunteers have taken the opportunity to attend our three project training sessions – cataloguing, digitisation and blogging. The cataloguing training was led by the brilliant…