Burnage Memory Bank



This afternoon we were joined by John Pollard, archivist at St. Margaret’s church on Burnage Lane, for a session focusing on the St. Margaret’s national school. John began with a presentation covering the history of the school until its closure in the mid 1930s, starting by giving us some background context to Burnage […]

St. Margaret’s National School Archives






In celebration of International Women’s Week in 6th – 12th March, the Burnage Memory Bank will be gathering women’s memories of their working lives. Stories will be displayed in the Library over March. Use the questions to start you off and write as much or as little as you like! […]

A Woman’s Work…


From the workhouse of the Chorlton Union to the largest teaching hospital in Europe, this afternoon we charting the fascinating development of Withington Hospital on Nell Lane. Beginning with a presentation on the workhouse, we looked at the utilitarian principles leading to their creation, the pioneering ‘pavillions’ designed by Thomas Worthington […]

A Working Life at Withington Hospital




A full house greeted our guest speaker Chris Makepeace this afternoon, and they were rewarded with a wonderful talk about the value of photographs in understanding our history. Illustrated with a reel full of seldom seen images, we were given advice on examining and dating photographs. What buildings were in the background- […]

Chris Makepeace at Burnage Library