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…

Unboxing Oldham – Archives Inspiring Theatre

In this blog post Jo Robson, Archive Officer at Oldham Local Studies and Archives, reflects upon her experience of ‘Unboxing Oldham’, a unique archives-inspired theatre project which took place in August of this year. Over the course of a week, a group of ten young people from Oldham Theatre Workshop learned about archives, context and cataloguing through a fun…

Memories of Walkers

Have you ever heard of Walker Brothers Ltd.? I’ll have to admit, up until a few months ago the heavy engineering firm founded in Wigan in 1866 was not something that I knew much about either! However, all of this changed in June of this year when I started working as Project Officer for the…

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…