Local Image Collection

Manchester Local Image Collection

Over 80,000 pictures and prints of old Manchester

The payments mechanism is currently unavailable. To order a high quality print, please email archiveslocalstudies@manchester.gov.uk

The Manchester Local Image Collection is a unique photographic record of Manchester, its people, streets and buildings from a period stretching well over 100 years. Over 80,000 images of Manchester and the surrounding area are available to view online. All images are available to purchase as fine A4 sized quality prints.

The original images are mainly photographs with some prints, drawings, watercolours and postcards, dating from the eighteenth century to the present day. The pictures of people, streets and buildings illustrate all aspects of the social, industrial, religious and transport history of the city. Between 1950 and 1972 the Manchester Amateur Photographic Society carried out an almost complete street by street survey of the city, showing the suburban streets before the major clearances and redevelopment during that period. The entire survey, as well as the Photographic Survey of 1892 - 1900, appears here.

A selection of images from our photographic and archive collections can be viewed on our Flickr photostream


m07280.jpg Symbols of Manchester and Around
m62394.jpg Manchester Liners
m04214.jpg The Palace Theatre
Search the Images...
You may define your own search by using one of the three search forms available to you:
  • Simple Search allows you to perform a general query on the collection; searches you may wish to enter here include street names, area names and dates. You can enter multiple search terms in the box, and surround phrases with quotation marks ("); this is particularly useful when searching for streets.
  • Advanced Search is for advanced, Google-like searching.
  • Detailed Search allows queries on specific fields such as title, date or keyword. Please note that, in keyword searching, keywords are made up of more than one word eg World War II. You will need to put hyphens between the words (ie World-War-II). To help with keyword searching you can use the drop-down menu on the right of the keyword box.

These images are made available for personal enjoyment or private study only. Anyone wishing to reproduce, exhibit, or make commercial use of an image in any medium (including books, newspapers, television, films, public exhibitions, websites or computer programmes) must first seek permission. Please see information on our fees and complete our application form.