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The Joy of Photographic Archives: The Elouise Edwards Photograph Collection

By Hattie For me, photographs are such a valuable aspect of any archive. This is not only because of the stories they tell and the memories they preserve, but also because they transcend any language or literacy barriers and can be appreciated by everyone who sees them. We are lucky enough to have had thousands […]

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Playing and Protesting: Adventure Playgrounds in 1970s-80s Manchester

By Hattie 1. Playing As soon as I opened the ‘Adventure Play’ folder of the Elouise Edwards photograph collection I knew I wanted to write about these pictures. Although the folder also included photos of children horse riding, ice skating, river-wading and bouncy castle-jumping, the photos of the adventure playgrounds are what had me hooked. […]

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Wednesday Finds: Moss Side News

By Hannah Niblett In the process of pulling together some exhibition material for the Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity’s (CoDE) conference next month (‘Documenting, understanding and addressing ethnic inequalities’) I’ve got completely sidetracked by something in the archive… We have 17 issues of the local community newspaper Moss Side News from 1969 – 1978. They’re […]

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Hulme and the Nightmare Scenario

The Roving Reader Files   We all have our dreams. But what if they turn into nightmares? Take the Hugh Wilson and Lewis Womersley firm of chartered architects and town planners. In the 1960s they dreamt of solving the problems of twentieth-century living by providing quality design and housing to a level reached in the […]

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“I was coming out of brilliant sunshine”: Women’s stories from the Roots Family History Project

By Jo Manby In the 1970s, the oral history project that became the Roots Family History Project was born out of a volunteer management committee, of which Marie Noble and Elouise Edwards were members. It originated in the need felt among Manchester’s Black communities to record for posterity the experiences and life histories of Manchester’s […]

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Autonomous Women at the Abasindi Women’s Co-op

8th of March is International Women’s Day (IWD), but like any good celebration it has started well in advance of the day itself, and will stretch out well beyond, with events celebrating the achievements of women happening throughout March. We got in on the action this week by hosting a Spotlight session here in Archives+, […]

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Finding Barrington. Part 3: The educator gets educated

The Roving Reader Files Last time we discovered Barrington Young had become the first Black railway inspector in Manchester. We also found that he’d begun a United Nations in his own home by marrying an Austrian in the 1950s. This time, we’ll see Barrington fully engaged in transmitting knowledge of his own, as well as […]

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Finding Barrington. Part 2: Moss Side roots

The Roving Reader Files Ever found that once you set off in search of someone, signs of them are just about everywhere? That’s how it was for me as I began rummaging around the Centre trying to find Barrington Young. I must have been the only person never to have come across him in my […]