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Research and Study

You can come and use our study area for personal or professional research without an appointment Tuesday to Thursday from 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 4.30pm.

The Collections Centre study area is home to our archive of original printed source material and reference books.

If you have a specific research enquiry, please contact us before you come to the museum so we can help you make the most of your visit. We aim to respond within 20 working days.

Occasionally we need to close the study area, so please check before you travel to make sure it will be open.

NB: We care for thousands of objects in our Collections Centre stores, and if you’d like to visit our object stores you’ll need to make an appointment. 

Either call us on 0161 606 0127 or email us at

Search for an object in the collection

We’re working on improving your access to our collection on the Web. In the meantime you can learn about some of the items in our collection from:

To identify the people, places and things represented in our collection, you could start by browsing stories from the collection.

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