Greater Manchester Sound Archive launched at Manchester Central Library

Posted on 01/07/2015 by


The Greater Manchester Sound Archive has landed at Manchester Central Library. From today you can listen to over 1,200 copies sound recordings on cassette, CD and mp3 at the library.

The archives were collected by the North West Sound Archive, whose holdings have been transferred around the region to Lancashire Archives, Liverpool Central Library and others. The Greater Manchester portion now forms part of the Greater Manchester County Records Office.

The entire archive takes up about 170 shelves in the archive strong rooms in the basement. It’s made up of every sound format imaginable from wax cylinders, 78 shellac discs, LPs, reel to reels, cassettes, minidiscs, CDs and USB sticks. The full collection includes 50,000 catalogued items plus many uncatalogued collections. Approximately half of the archive is made up of BBC Radio Manchester and local independent radio station broadcasts documenting every aspect of twentieth-century life in the city region. There are thousands of LPs and shellac discs – mostly music hall and organ music.

For further information about the Greater Manchester Sound Archive, just go to