Museum Collections (119 total)

Use this list to explore the collections, archive and historical events of the the Manchester Art Museum.

The Ancoats Cotton Twist Company, Ancoats

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The Ancoats Cotton Twist Company, Ancoats, 1850

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Mills, McConnel and Co's Mill, Ancoats

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Mills, McConnel and Co's Mill, Ancoats, 1820

From an old watercolour drawing of the period.

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McConnel & Company's Mills, c. 1915

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McConnel & Company's Mills, c. 1915, 1913

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Fairbairn's mechanical engineering works, Canal Street

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Fairbairn's mechanical engineering works, Canal Street, H. Milligan, 1853

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A sister from Central Hall visiting a house, Methodist Church.

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A sister from Central Hall visiting a house, Methodist Church., 1893

Central Hall, Slum street, Ancoats.

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A service in the slums, Central Hall.

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A service in the slums, Central Hall., 1893

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Children in Jersey Dwellings

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Children in Jersey Dwellings, 1893

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Men selling firewood, Ancoats

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Men selling firewood, Ancoats, 1893

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Fairbairn’s mechanical engineering works, Canal Street.

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Fairbairn’s mechanical engineering works, Canal Street., H Milligan, 1853

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Back-to-back houses illustrated from an aerial perspective, c 1850.

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Back-to-back houses illustrated from an aerial perspective, c 1850., 1850c.

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Coffee Tavern in Women's Shelter

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Coffee Tavern in Women's Shelter, 1893

Central Hall

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Coffee Tavern in Women's Home, Central Hall.

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Coffee Tavern in Women's Home, Central Hall., 1893

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St Andrew School

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St Andrew School, 1900

Children at St Andrew School, Homer Street

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Central Hall

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Central Hall, 1900

Children at Jersey Street

Round Chapel

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Round Chapel, A. W. Johnson, 1900

Children playing on the playground.

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Housing Closets

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Housing Closets, H. Entwistle, 1897

2 Stone Street

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Housing Royle Street, Ancoats

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Housing Royle Street, Ancoats, City Engineers, 1896

Photograph taken by city engineers

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Caroline Street

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Caroline Street, 1890

taken from Sandford Street

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Housing Harrison Street

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Housing Harrison Street, 1898

Housing Harrison Street

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Housing Harrison Street, 1898

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Common Lodging House

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Common Lodging House, 1897

No. 12 Blossom Street

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Jersey Dwellings

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Jersey Dwellings, 1897

Women gathered outside the Jersey Dwellings, Ancoats.

Pott Street, Tenements

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Pott Street, Tenements, 1900

Back View

Pollard Street, Labourers dwellings

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Pollard Street, Labourers dwellings, H. Entwistle, 1896

Back and Front View

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2 & 4 Rolleston Street, Ancoats

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2 & 4 Rolleston Street, Ancoats, 1896

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Oldham Road, Workmen Dwellings

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Oldham Road, Workmen Dwellings, H. Entwistle, 1896

Shops, Spittal Street

Oldham Road, Labourers Dwellings

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Oldham Road, Labourers Dwellings, H. Entwistle, 1896

Backs of Victoria Square Tenements

Helen to add description of "tenements"

Oldham Road, Cornwall Street

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Oldham Road, Cornwall Street, H. Entwistle, 1896

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Housing Royle Street, Ancoats

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Housing Royle Street, Ancoats, 1896

Photograph taken by city engineers - HELEN TO ADD DESCRIPTION

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Housing Poland Street, Ancoats

Housing Poland Street, Ancoats

Housing Poland Street, Ancoats, Manchester Libraries, Information and Archives, Archive+, 1897

Photograph taken by city engineers

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A Siesta in Sunshine

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A Siesta in Sunshine, Rubens Santoro, 1878

This painting is one of two works by Rubens Santoro that were given to the Art Museum by Philip Hamerton who had been brought up Burnley, just 20…

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Photograph of the backs of Victoria Square Dwellings, Ancoats, 1896

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Photograph of the backs of Victoria Square Dwellings, Ancoats, 1896, H Entwistle, 1896

In response to concerns about the unhealthy slums in which many people lived, Manchester City Council set up a Dwellings Committee in 1885. As a…

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Photograph of Ancoats, 1895

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Photograph of Ancoats, 1895, 1895

In 1889, a report on the housing conditions in Ancoats concluded that an annual death rate of over 80 per 1000 meant that between 3,000 and 4,000…

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Ancoats Hall demolished

Ancoats Hall demolished, 1965-04-01

Having fallen into disrepair since the Manchester Art Museum closed down, Ancoats Hall was knocked down as part of the redevelopment of Ancoats in the…

Manchester Art Museum closed

Manchester Art Museum closed, 1953-06-01

The collections were transferred to Manchester City Art Gallery and Ancoats Hall was left empty

Bertha Hindshaw retired from the Manchester Art Museum

Bertha Hindshaw retired from the Manchester Art Museum, 1947-04-01

Hindshaw had been the driving force of the Manchester Art Museum for 35 years, maintaining its work with children and schools throughout two world…

Manchester Art Museum activities adapted to wartime conditions

Manchester Art Museum activities adapted to wartime conditions, 1939-09-01

As in 1914-1918, Bertha Hindshaw continued the work of the Manchester Art Museum during the hardships of wartime

Thomas Horsfall died

Thomas Horsfall died, 1932-01-31

Thomas Horsfall resigned as President of the Manchester Art Museum

Thomas Horsfall resigned as President of the Manchester Art Museum, 1920-06-01

By 1920, Horsfall experienced increasingly poor health

Manchester Art Museum and University of Manchester Settlement separated

Manchester Art Museum and University of Manchester Settlement separated, 1918-06-01

By the end of the war, the two organisations had grown apart. The management of the Manchester Art Museum was taken over by Manchester City Council

Thomas Horsfall resigned as Chairman of the Art Museum Committee

Thomas Horsfall resigned as Chairman of the Art Museum Committee, 1916-06-01

Having stepped down from the role of Chairman, Horsfall became President of the Manchester Art Museum

Manchester Art Museum activities adapted to wartime conditions

Manchester Art Museum activities adapted to wartime conditions, 1914-07-28

The years 1914-1918 were difficult for the Manchester Art Museum, with many men away at the front and the disruptions to family and working life

Bertha Hindshaw appointed Curator of the Art Museum

Bertha Hindshaw appointed Curator of the Art Museum, 1912-06-01

Hindshaw worked at the Manchester Art Museum for the next 35 years until her retirement in 1947. The Art Museum never regained its early popularity in…

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Contents of the Art Museum Rearranged

Contents of the Art Museum Rearranged, 1909-01-01

John Howard Whitehouse, Warden of the University Settlement, oversaw the rearrangement of many of the displays, including the Children's Room and the…

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Manchester Art Museum and University of Manchester Settlement formally amalgamated

Manchester Art Museum and University of Manchester Settlement formally amalgamated, 1901-06-01

The close practical relationship between the two organisations working together in Ancoats Hall led to their amalgamation and joint management by a…

University of Manchester Settlement founded

University of Manchester Settlement founded, 1895-03-27

Thomas Horsfall was an active supporter of the Manchester University Settlement, which shared premises with the Manchester Art Museum in Ancoats Hall

New theatre opened in Ancoats Hall

New theatre opened in Ancoats Hall, 1892-06-01

A new theatre was constructed to accommodate audiences for the popular concerts and plays organised by the Manchester Art Museum

Manchester Art Museum opened in Ancoats Hall

Manchester Art Museum opened in Ancoats Hall, 1886-06-01

In 1886, the Art Museum Committee took a lease on Ancoats Hall in the heart of industrial Manchester. This was the home of the Manchester Art Museum…

Manchester Art Museum opened in Queens Park Gallery

Manchester Art Museum opened in Queens Park Gallery, 1884-04-01

Initially, the Manchester Art Museum opened in two rooms in the new Queens Park Gallery in north Manchester. Relations between the Art Museum…

Art Museum Committee established

Art Museum Committee established, 1877-12-01

Thomas Horsfall formed an committee to develop and promote his idea of an art museum for the working people of Manchester, with the support of the…

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