Manchester City Council

Political and Trade Union records

  1. What's available

    We hold a number of political and trade union records at the Central Library including:

    • Suffrage Movement
    • Chartism and the Anti-Corn Law League
    • Liberal Party
    • Labour Party
    • Conservative Party
    • Communist Party
    • Trade Unions
    • Disarmament
    • Co-operative Societies
    • Other political archives

  2. How to access

    Records on microfilm can be viewed on the ground floor of Central Library. Materials with a reference number starting GB can be viewed in the search room, please make an appointment.

    Restrictions apply to some records. To request access, email

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