Archives at Central Library in Manchester

I’m adding this information as I received an enquiry whether I had a copy of a report that was mentioned in one of the chapters. So I thought I would add information here in case anyone else has a similar request.

Kath Fry’s Archive papers

As you may have gathered this is my mum’s story. When Kath was ill, she sorted all of her council papers into date order in box files and after she died I took them to the Records Office. It was a very large pile and I didn’t go through exactly what was in there.

The catalogue listing on Greater Manchester Lives for the papers that were deposited is here:[rid=ecatalogue.332143]

I’ve not yet tried to access anything in that catalogue, but I have checked the instructions to do so. The documents are classed as an ‘unpublished archive’ and so to access them you have to book in advance. These are the instructions how to do so:

Information about the access to the Archives at Central Library are here:

The Collection is divided into three Sections:

  • Heaton Park Regeneration Papers and Records
  • Education Papers
  • Manchester City Labour Party Papers

Below is an extract of the summaries from the catalogue document that I received from the Record Office. The full document can be viewed as a PDF here. The reference numbers will help you find the documents.

Heaton Park Regeneration Papers and Report (1991-2000)

Manchester City Council reports and some correspondence charting the regeneration of Heaton Park in the 1990s, including reports relating to the Heritage Lottery Fund grant that was used to help fund the project. Also included is a Manchester City Council report that was undertaken before any work took place which evaluates Heaton Park and what needed redeveloping and a newspaper article regarding the golf course at the park.

Post 1987 minutes are held by Manchester City Council Overview and Scrutiny. The Local Studies Library holds the main proceedings of Manchester City Council.

1 box, Archive Reference: GB127.M818/1

Education Papers (Jan 1985-May 1998)

Labour Party Education Working Party agendas and minutes, correspondence from the Labour Party about education, briefing notes to Councillor’s and correspondence to and from Kath Fry both from the time she spent as Manchester City Council Chair of Education (1991-1995), before this and after it. This includes memos, letters and copies of e-mails. Many of the papers in this Section relate to the Structure of the Education Committee and education budgets. There are also a number of newspaper articles relating to education in Manchester often relating to budget cuts, securing extra funding and schools in need of repair.

Manchester City Council Education Committee minutes up to 1987 are held by Greater Manchester County Records Office under the reference number GB127.Council Minutes. Post 1987 minutes are held by Manchester City Council Overview and Scrutiny. The Local Studies Library holds the main proceedings of Manchester City Council.

4 boxes, Archive Reference: GB127.M818/2

GB127.M818/2/1 Includes Manchester City Labour Party manifesto for education 1985 and Labour school governors notes. Jan 1985-Aug 1990.

Manchester City Labour Party Papers 1977-1998

Minutes from and notice of forthcoming Labour Party, including City Party, Executive Committee, General Management Committee and Joint Policy Committee, meetings, memos, newspaper articles, Labour Party publications, election strategies, reports and candidate lists for election to Manchester City Council

7 boxes, Archive Reference: GB127.M818/3

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