Films, photographs and ephemera showing people having fun in Manchester cinemas, theatres, parks, pubs and sporting venues.
It's impossible to summarise all that goes on in present day Manchester. The pubs, the gigs, the football, the theatre... where do you stop? Looking back through Manchester's archives makes us aware that it's been this way for a very long time. "...Looking for the Apollo music saloon on London Road one Saturday night in 1849... Itinerant bands blow and bang their loudest; organ boys grind monotonously; ballad singers or flying stationers make bold proclamations of their wares. The street is one swarming mass of people. Boys or girls shout and laugh and disappear into the taverns together... From the byways and the alleys and back streets fresh crowds every moment emerge." Angus Reach, The London Morning Chronicle.
Sinbad the Sailor at the Palace Theatre, 1898-1899
YMCA Swimming Team. High Street Baths, Hathersage Road, Manchester, c.1909