Manchester City Council

Libraries Archive and Local Collections

Photographs and Posters

We 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 at the Greater Manchester Lives website. Just click the 'Only items with images' button.
  • The Documentary Photography Archive (DPA) is a unique archive held at the Greater Manchester County Record Office which documents the life of the Greater Manchester region.
  • A selection of images from Documentary Photography Archive collection can now be viewed on our Flickr photostream
  • The Manchester Central Library poster shop is now live. Visit our shop in Central Library or online to buy gifts including cards, postcards and calendars based on our collections.
We cannot offer advice on dating your own old photographs but you may find Gillian Jones's book 'Lancashire Photographers 1840-1940' useful for checking dates and addresses of particular local photographic studios.

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