Founded in 1653 Chetham's library is believed to be the oldest public library in the English-speaking world, and is housed in a well-preserved medieval college. The entire collection has been designated as one of national and international importance and you can explore this treasure in the heart of Manchester. As well as early printed books, the collections include a wealth of ephemera, manuscript diaries, letters, deeds, prints and paintings!
Greater Manchester Police Museum
Elizabeth Gaskell's House
Elizabeth Gaskell's House in Manchester was the home of the famous author and her family. Her novels include Mary Barton, Cranford, North and South, Ruth and Wives and Daughters and are enjoyed on television, stage and radio. This beautifully restored home is now open to the public. It has spectacular period rooms and garden and a tea room for visitors to enjoy. There is also a programme of special activities.
Explore Manchester's hidden past - an eerie underworld, where police officers were kept busy apprehending unsavoury characters of all ages. The Greater Manchester Police Museum and Archives enables you to experience what life was like for these officers. Come and see our 1879 Police Station, visit the cells and stand in a real Victorian Magistrates court!
Manchester Jewish Museum
The museum tells the story of the city's Jewish community inside a stunning synagogue building (now a museum). From the first Jewish settlers in the 1740s to the Holocaust survivors from 1945, the permanent galleries reveal fascinating stories and show rare photographs, charting the growth of Manchester's Jewish community. Gallery tours are offered on a daily basis, alongside a busy programme of events.
The Pankhurst Centre
The Pankhurst Centre is the former home of Emmeline Pankhurst and her daughters Christabel, Sylvia and Adela and is the first place where the meetings of the WSPU, later known as the Suffragette movement, was held in october 1903. The Centre now houses a small museum/Heritage Centre which remains as a legacy to the Pankhurst family and the Suffragette movement, and is open to all.
Working Class Movement Library
Manchester Histories is an award-winning charity that works collaboratively to reveal, share and celebrate Greater Manchester’s diverse histories and heritage. We connect people to explore the past and shape the future through histories and heritage. Our projects and events include the biennial Manchester Histories Festival.
Museum of Transport
Discover Greater Manchester's public road transport history with the Museum of Transport. Take a trip back in time with one of Britain's biggest collections of restored buses, coaches and trams. From a Victorian horse drawn bus to the prototype Metrolink tram, see and sit in fascinating vehicles that took Greater Manchester folk to work, shops and outings to the coast and the countryside.
Visit Victoria baths to experience rich architecture, unique arts events, stories of swimming, love, laughter and triumph. Create your own memories in this inspirational Grade II listed building, that served the community for 86 years and is still being returned to it's former glory. Discover rich terracotta, decorative stained glass, and sumptuous tiles and mosaics as you step inside.
Working people have always struggled to get their voices heard. The Working Class Movement Library records over 200 years of organising and campaigning by ordinary men and women. The collection provides a rich insight into working people's daily lives as well as their thoughts, hopes, fears and the roles they played in the significant events of their time.