Greater Manchester County Record Office was opened in 1976 and collects and preserves a wide range of historical resources relating to the history of the area, which they then make accessible to the public. Covering nearly 4 miles of shelving, the earliest document in their possession dates from 1197.
These archives include documents, manuscripts, maps and photographs.
Whether you wish to research your family history, conduct research for a school, college or university assignment, trace the history of a house or discover more about your local area, you will find the documents held of use.
The knowledgeable and helpful staff are always on hand to help should you have any questions or require assistance.
For information regarding their collections, please visit their Home Page and peruse their online catalogue. These resources are held on several different medium. A large collection of books relating to Manchester is available in the Library.
Resources relating to family history held at the Office include:
Newspapers held in the Office include:
Some newspapers are available through the British Newspaper Archive, which is accessible in the Office:
The local image collection contains approximately 80000 images, this being a unique way of seeing how the city has changed over time. You are able to purchase high quality prints from the Archive.
The Documentary Photographic Archive documents life in the Greater Manchester area and can be searched through their online catalogue. To find these images in the catalogue, you should enter DPA in the reference field and then your search term. Some of these images can be viewed on Flickr.
For details of the Office's Opening Hours, please go to their Opening Hours page.
Several car parks are nearby. If you are only staying for a short time, you can park for up to 2 hours in an on-street parking bay. Seven blue badge parking bays are accessible in Mount Street, to the rear of the Library.
The Office is 10 minutes walk from Victoria Station and 20 minutes walk from Piccadilly Station.
Buses from central Manchester stop nearby, with the Shudehill stop on the tram being near the Archive.
You are required to give one working days notice in order to visit the searchroom.
Although Manchester Archives and Local Studies offers a copying service, some documents are not able to be copied because they are fragile and easily damaged.
You are able to take your own photographs of certain documents, but the Office makes a charge to people wishing to take advantage of this service, and the same restrictions regarding the fragility of documents applies.
Refreshments are available in the cafe, located on the ground floor of the library.
Several services are available in the library for the visually impaired, which include computers with Supernova software and extending time when using the computers. It is also possible to magnify an on-screen image. For further details of services provided, please contact a member of Library staff, who will be pleased to assist you.
If you are unable to visit in person, Manchester Archives offers a research service. In addition they also give details of local researchers. For a fee, these agents are willing to undertake research on your behalf.
Manchester Archives is a member of the CARN (County Archive Research Network).