North West Film Archive joins Archives+ partnership

North West Film Archive

Manchester’s iconic Central Library is undergoing a major restoration and refurbishment project, including the creation of a new partnership initiative – Archives+.  Opening in spring 2014, Archives+ will offer a wonderful, purpose-built showcase and repository for some of the North West region’s key archives and family history collections.

The Archives+ partnership will build on the appetite and demand for accessible community history and personal heritage. This one-stop-shop will make it easier than ever before for people to find and engage with their past, and contribute to collections for the future.


There are many ongoing partnerships between Manchester Metropolitan University and Manchester City Council, and the physical relocation of the North West Film Archive (whilst remaining part of MMU Library Special Collections) is another example of the potential for enhancing services to both the public and academic communities through joint efforts.

The NWFA will have new temperature and relative humidity controlled storage vaults with space for collection development, as well as improved conservation and access facilities, which include film viewing ‘pods’ in a busy public area on the ground floor.



The main partners in Archives+ are:

  • Greater Manchester County Record Office (Association of Greater Manchester Authorities)
  • Manchester Libraries, Information and Archives (Manchester City Council)
  • North West Film Archive (Manchester Metropolitan University)
  • Race Relations Resource Centre and Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Education Trust (University of Manchester)
  • Manchester & Lancashire Family History Society
  • BFI Mediatheque
  • Manchester Registration Service (Historic Registers)
  • Familysearch International

A successful HLF bid has enabled Archives+ to bring history to life through displays and exhibitions which explore and present the rich collections to tell the stories of Manchester’s people and communities, and to engage in outreach work around Greater Manchester in advance of re-opening.

Preparations for relocation of the NWFA to Archives+ began in 2009 and will continue through 2013 to re-opening in spring 2014.  Some services will be temporarily unavailable until then, but please bear with us!