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…

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…