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 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…

The Manchester Ship Canal Company

The Manchester Ship Canal Company (MSCC) owned and operated the Manchester Ship Canal, a 36-mile waterway connecting the Irish Sea harbour at Liverpool with central Manchester, for over 100 years. Formally opened by Queen Victoria in 1894, the canal is a passage for ships carrying more than 8 million tons of cargo annually. The archive…

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…

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…