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…

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…