Burnage Memory Bank

What is Burnage Memory Bank?

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Click here to view the project’s website

Burnage Memory Bank is a two year project celebrating the stories and experiences of Burnage people. Funded by the People’s Health Trust, the project is based at Burnage Library but will be popping up all over Burnage.

We’d love to hear from you if you:

  • Have memories, photographs, or stories of Burnage you’d like to share.
  • Would like to be a memory bank champion and develop the skills to gather and record local people’s stories.
  • Want to be a part of deciding how the project is run and how we can reach everyone in Burnage who has a story to tell.


Get in touch with Amanda Wait at Burnage Library on 0161 227 3774, pop into the library for a chat or email me on memorybank@burnageactivityhub.org.uk


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Recent Posts about the Memory Bank:

  • Ali Ronan and the Garden Village November 23, 2017 We were treated to two sessions with historian Ali Ronan, both at the library and ‘on tour’ at the Garden Village, as part of this month’s Burnage Memory Bank festival. A packed house greeted Ali at the library on Tuesday 14th, to listen to her research on the radical personalities in the early years of the Garden Village. As she reeled through a list of individuals, ranging from housing reformers to conscientious objectors, publishers to politicians, and journalists to campaigners for women’s suffrage, it was impossible not to be impressed by the sheer concentration of talent in such a small community. Not limited to individuals, families such as the Wallheads, Richard and his daughter Muriel, one of the first female Members of ...
  • Memory Bank Festival – Tour of St. Margaret’s Church with John Pollard November 21, 2017 Join us this Thursday afternoon as we are given a guided tour of St. Margaret’s Church by its archivist, John Pollard. John will also be showing us a selection of archival documents from the church, and talking us through his exhibit of the congregation’s dead from 1917 in WW1. The tour is free and all are welcome!  
  • Putting people in the Picture in Burnage November 21, 2017   You probably know about Green Screen technology – it’s the way films like Star Wars get Jedi Knights slogging it out on an alien planet, when they’re actually in a studio in Shepperton. But we thought we’d bring it home to Burnage and invite families in to have their portrait taken against a backdrop of “Old Burnage” as part of our Burnage Memory Bank Festival we’re running over November. Archives+ (Based at Manchester Central Library) kindly lent us their equipment and we identified some amazing images of Burnage from the Image Collection of Manchester Archives. It’s hard to imagine that over 100 years ago Burnage was once a leafy place, with cottages and farms, and Burnage Lane was actually a muddy ...
  • Memory Bank Festival – Walk around Garden Village November 17, 2017
  • Memory Bank Festival – Ali Ronan on the Garden Village November 13, 2017
  • Memory Bank Festival – Ted Morgan’s visit to Burnage Library November 9, 2017 It was our pleasure on Tuesday afternoon to host Ted Morgan, a locally born poet, back to his old haunt. Indeed, Ted used to play on the waste ground between Burnage Lane and Shawbrook Road, and was quite upset when the first library building here destroyed a favourite playground! He began his wonderful presentation with a poem to this effect, written especially for the afternoon’s talk. Ted then talked about his mother and father, reciting a poem about his father’s wartime experience (he was present at Manchester Hill during the Spring Offensive) and telling how they settled in Burnage. Continuing to recall life growing up here in Burnage, Ted blended his stories with poems written about those events, prompting many nods ...
  • Ted Morgan @ Burnage Library November 6, 2017
  • Burnage Memory Bank Festival November 6, 2017
  • Tony Longshaw at Burnage Library – The Blue, Black and Green Plaques of Manchester October 31, 2017 We welcomed back Tony Longshaw this afternoon to complete some unfinished business, finishing our virtual tour of the commemorative plaques located around Manchester. Tony was an authoritative guide, talking us through all manner of sights, locations and historical figures, all while detailing the processes behind the plaques’ selection, manufacture and installation. Of particular interest were the plaques of ‘our own’ Louis Paulhan and the Daily Mail air race to Manchester; Ellen Wilkinson’s plaque in Ardwick; the fantastic Christian Science Church in Victoria Park by Edgar Wood; Sam Wild’s plaque not far away on Birch Hall Lane, and the ‘building within a building’ at the Church of St. Cross in Clayton. The ‘Shudehill Fight’ plaque on the Arndale Centre also raised a ...
  • Local History Group – Cinema Memories in Manchester October 6, 2017 On Tuesday we were delighted to hand over the floor to Bob McDermott- one of our group’s members- who talked us through his memories of  cinema and film in Manchester. His story began at the very beginning, with his father, a projectionist, hastily ending a showing to attend Bob’s birth- and being sacked for good measure! Journeying up from his old haunts in Withington into central Manchester, we stopped at each former cinema of note along the way. The discussion was complemented by old photographs, virtual tours around the areas on Google Street View, and videos of the cinemas in their glory days. It was wonderful to hear everyone joining in with their own recollections, demonstrating how much of an impression ...