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    Radical Thinking

    Throughout Manchester’s history, its people have taken a stand against injustice and prejudice.

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    Some people are born here, some people come here to live. Every one of them shapes our city.

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    Find out how your neighbourhood has changed through maps, local photographs and original archives.

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What is Archives+?

Archives+ is an exciting City Centre showcase and repository for archives and family history.  Situated in the magnificent Manchester Central Library, this purpose-built centre brings together a partnership of amazing regional and national

collections of documents, photographs and films, and helps to satisfy a growing demand for accessible community history and personal heritage.  It is easier than ever before for you to find what you’re looking for under one roof!

What's On

  • Sunday Funday 

    To coincide with the Manchester Day Parade Central Library is opening its doors and declaring Game On!

  • Jason Wood Curates… 

    A programme of short films from the North West Film Archive, chosen by the new Artistic Director of Film at HOME

  • Anthony Burgess and Manchester – Free Talk 

    He was a polymath and polyglot who chain smoked for England and wrote more words than Dickens, Wells and Trollope combined. Manchester was his city - Join us for this free talk.


What's New

Alexandra Park Pageant, 27 June 1970

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