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Manchester Local Image Collection

Manchester Local Studies Library houses a collection of well over 100,000 photographs and illustrations relating to Manchester and its region, both past and present. There are street scenes, buildings and general views; pictures of people as individuals or groups; events and activities portraying the social history of the area. Strongly represented are images of the industrial revolution and its effects on the lives of the city’s population


Almost 80,000 images from the collection covering the city centre and suburban street scenes, biographical and aerial views and all aspects of Manchester’s social, industrial, religious and transport history have now been digitised, and are available for viewing on public-access computers in the Local Studies Library, Central Library.

We are grateful to the National Heritage Lottery Fund for their financial support in digitising 67,000 of these views, which are made available in the library using House of Images software.

With the help of an award from the Wolfson British History Programme, we have produced a CD of 3,000 selected images for distribution to all Manchester schools and district libraries. A representative selection of 200 of these images can now be seen here. We hope in the future to make more images available for viewing on the Internet.

High quality black and white laser print-outs can be supplied from the system at a cost of 50 pence(6 x 4 ins), £1 (8 x 6 ins) or 75 pence (6 x 4 ins with text). Further details can be found on our order form.

City Centre Streets
Cotton Industry
Famous People
Industrial Buildings
Parks and Halls
Public Buildings
School and University
Ship Canal
Social Welfare
Suburbs A to B
Suburbs C to F
Suburbs G to L
Suburbs M to N
Suburbs O to Z
Victorian Manchester
Working Life
World War 2
Young People
Special features
Alphabetical list of street scenes on this web site
Historical pictures of City of Manchester Stadium site
Educational resource : Picture Book Moss Side
Pictures of the Piccadilly area, 1852 to 2002
In 2002 we introduced our Picture Your Street feature, giving visitors the chance to suggest a favourite Manchester street which they would like to see included on this website. Over 600 pictures of streets are now included, along with the memories of those who suggested them.

In July 2002, the Commonwealth Games in Manchester saw the opening of the City of Manchester Stadium at Eastlands. We have added historical pictures of the Stadium site to the website.

In September 2002 Manchester Libraries celebrated its 150th anniversary. As part of the celebrations a quiz was held to correctly identify and date Views of Piccadilly, 1852 to 2002.

In October 2003, in partnership with Trinity High School, Manchester and local author Joe Pemberton, we produced a resource pack with images, text and worksheets for pupils studying Citizenship. Picture Book Moss Side looks at the changing face of urban society.

© Copyright on all these illustrations belongs to Manchester City Council, Department of Libraries and Information.No reproductions may be made without prior permission.

For further information please contact us at:

Manchester Archives and Local Studies
Central Library
St Peter’s Square
M2 5PD


(Please note that the inclusion of full name and postal address in any email enquiry may help us send you copies of relevant material)

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