Using our archive services - Updated for August 2020 (Covid-19):

Our Archive has been closed to members of the public visiting in person since March 18th due to measures in place to prevent the spread of Covid - 19. Our staff have been on furlough leave and we have been operating a skeleton response to enquiries as a result.

Some of our staff will be returning on a part time basis in August, although the archive will be operating reduced hours and for now, all access to materials will be remote.

Archive staff will be working through a backlog of enquiries received to date and it may take longer than usual to fulfil some requests. Services which require additional staff time may be charged to cover the costs of reproduction  / digital downloads and any research being undertaken on behalf of enquirers. 

We would like to thank you for your patience at this time. 

Contacting us: 

We remain contactable by emailing [email protected] during normal office hours and will continue to log all requests and deal with them as quickly as possible. 

We advise you to check the website regularly for any updates: Changes will be posted here as soon as they happen.

Make an appointment

We are free to visit by appointment Tuesday to Friday 10:00 - 16:00

Contact us to make your appointment or enquire:

Email: [email protected]

Tel:  0161 214 0861

Please let us know which records you may be interested in when you make you appointment so everything is ready for your visit.

Finding Us

The Archive is located at Holyoake House on Hanover Street in Manchester City Centre's Co-operative Quarter.   Hanover Street is just across the road from Victoria Train Station and a short Metrolink (tram) ride to Shudehill from Manchester Piccadilly Station.

The building has an access ramp from street level and a lift to the second floor.

We have no onsite parking; the closest public car park is NCP Printworks, Shudehill, M4 2AT.