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Libraries Historical photographs of Manchester

Our collections

Manchester Archives and Local Studies & The Greater Manchester County Record Office hold two key photographic collections:

  • The Manchester Local Image Collection provides a unique photographic record of Manchester, its people, streets and buildings from a period stretching well over 100 years. Our full collection of over 80,000 images is available online. High quality prints are available to buy online.
  • The Documentary Photography Archive is a special archive held at the Greater Manchester County Record Office which documents the life of the Greater Manchester region. The vast majority of the images have been catalogued, and these catalogues are searchable on our online catalogue GM Lives. Just enter DPA in the Identifier field and your search term (eg. John Smith or Bengal Street) in the Any text field. A selection of images from the collection can now be viewed on our Flickr photostream.
  • The Manchester Central Library poster shop is available online.

The slideshow below includes images from the Local Image Collection and the Documentary Photographic Archive: 

Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR.

The photographs above may also be viewed directly on the Flickr site

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