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 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.…

Memories of Walkers Part 4 – the War

“Walker Brothers Ltd made a significant contribution to the war effort in the 1940s. Machine shop fans were assembled to serve underground aircraft factories at Corsham near Bath and Drakelow (Kidderminster). In the erection shop there were several marine engines for the Canadian Navy – one for a Corvette, two for a frigate – and…

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…

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…