What can Archives+ offer your school? Link into our wonderful resources. Learn something new. Love our first rate facilities. Enjoy a warm welcome to Central Library and Archives+ where you can feed the minds of your pupils with experiences old and new. We can offer schools various options when visiting Central Library.
  • Take a tour of Central Library, see some of our archive material and use the interactive exhibition.
  • Book a themed workshop in Central Library to link in with your curriculum studies (for KS1 and KS2) in particular themes such as Manchester and the local area which can be greatly enhanced with a visit to Central Library. All workshops are interactive and delivered by Archives+ staff or by experienced practitioners in various fields such as drama.
  • For KS3 students we can offer workshops or assemblies in your own school to link with specific themes such as Black History Month and more.
  • We are a partner in the English Heritage, Heritage Schools WW1 Package.  See here for more details.
We will also offer free online resources to schools to use before or after your visit to Central Library. See resources below. To find out more about our schools offer complete the contact form or email and one of our staff will be in touch.

 Learning Resources

Self-guided trails The Manchester Central Library and Archives+ trails have been developed to engage key stage 2 and 3 learners with the Manchester Central Library building and Archives+ as well as the heritage of the city of Manchester.
Ship Canal The Manchester Ship Canal connected the fast-growing Victorian city of Manchester to the world. Manchester factories could obtain raw materials cheaply. Manchester was also able to export goods directly around the world. This learning resource has been developed to engage learners with the Archives+ collection.
Communities Manchester has always been a constantly evolving city of diverse communities. This learning resource has been developed to engage learners with Manchester’s communities through original archive material held by Archives+.
Schools walks label  Download a walk of your local area. These walks are designed to help teachers find out about different areas of Manchester.
posters label The resource uses original Prestwich Asylum archives to enable pupils to trace the history and development of mental healthcare and examine changing attitudes and values towards the mentally ill.
Road to Jericho label The pack uses the fascinating archives of the Bury Union Workhouse (also known as Jericho Workhouse) to explore issues of social care, challenge perceptions of the Victorian workhouse
Manchester Newspapers label  Use is made of transcriptions and photographs of Manchester's newspapers from around 1900 and asks students to consider attitudes of the time and make comparisons between past and present.