Leigh and South Central Lancashire Railway

I volunteered as part of the Made in Greater Manchester Project and some of the first maps I viewed at Archives+ in Manchester from the Bridgewater Estates Archive featured the Leigh and South Central Lancashire Railway. The maps showed the proposed routes of new colliery railways centred around Mosley Common on the Salford and Wigan…

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.…

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 life of Evelyn Briggs

One of TV’s most common adverts today is Ray Winstone promoting, or advising safe gambling. In 2013, it was found that the sports match betting industry was worth between £435bn-£625bn each. This is no doubt due to the increase in ways in which people can actually bet. TV’s, laptops, phones, all provide ways in which…