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…

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…