Listen

You can listen to the following collections at Manchester Central Library. They are held on the sound archive iPad in the search room. There’s no need to make an appointment – just bring a pair of headphones and make yourself comfortable.

1. Manchester Oral History: Alec Greenhalgh Interviews

Oral history interviews conducted in 1988-1989 by Alec Greenhalgh, journalist and broadcaster, mainly with people from Saddleworth. The interviews are mostly with people who were born between the 1890s and the 1920s and they concentrate on childhood experiences, including family life and village life.

Here is a quick finding aid including file names and time codes for the digital audio in pdf and Excel format. You can read the full descriptions online at the British Library’s Sound and Moving Image catalogue. The British Library collection reference is UAP001. Each sound file on the iPad starts with the text MANOH.

2. BBC Radio Manchester: Voice in the Crowd

Over 100 short interviews with people about their careers and everyday lives conducted between 1971 and 1975 by Eric Purnell, presenter, producer and deputy news editor at BBC Radio Manchester. You can read about the collection online at the British Library’s Sound and Moving Image catalogue. The collection reference is UAP002. Each sound file on the iPad starts with the text AP_RMAN.

3. North West Film & Cinema: Interviews

Between 1977 and 1989, the North West Film Archive recorded oral history interviews with people who worked in the region’s film and cinema industries. These include the memories of projectionists, usherettes, cinema owners, film makers and distributors, architects, and cinema goers. You can read about the collection online at the British Library’s Sound and Moving Image catalogue. The collection reference is UAP003. Each sound file on the iPad starts with the text AP_NWFA.

4. Piccadilly Radio

Independent radio Station Piccadilly Radio broadcast from Piccadilly Plaza in Manchester and had an eclectic output including music, news, current affairs and drama. ‘Top Twenty’ is a ground-breaking drama programme based on popular music, produced by Tony Hawkins. You can read about the collection online at the British Library’s Sound and Moving Image catalogue. The collection reference is UAP009. Each sound file on the iPad starts with the text AP_PICC.