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The John Rylands Library is part of Manchester Histories Festival Celebration Day 2016 taking place across Manchester Town Hall and Central Library from 10:30-4pm on Saturday 11 June. Bringing together nearly 100 histories and heritage organisations from across Greater Manchester, the Manchester Celebration Day will have something for all the family, including exhibition stands, games, heritage bus rides, craft activities, film screenings, performances and talks.

For more information on the Manchester Histories Festival: www.manchesterhistories.co.uk

We have chosen to highlight the Guardian Archive at the Manchester Histories Festival, and in particular employees in Manchester, and the machinery used to produce the paper. We are hoping to receive some assistance in identifying some of the more mystifying devices!

reproduced courtesy of Guardian News and Media Ltd

reproduced courtesy of Guardian News and Media Ltd

The Manchester Guardian was founded by John Edward Taylor in 1821, two years after the Peterloo Massacre. Under the editorship of the legendary Charles Prestwich Scott, it was transformed from an essentially provincial journal into a newspaper of national and international standing – reflected in its change of name to the Guardian in 1959.

The correspondence and dispatches in the archive form an outstanding source for almost every aspect of late nineteenth and twentieth-century history, from the Boer War to Vietnam. There is also a very full set of records relating to the newspaper as a business. The Guardian Archive also contains material relating to its sister publication, the Manchester Evening News.

reproduced courtesy of Guardian News and Media Ltd

reproduced courtesy of Guardian News and Media Ltd

There are several exciting projects underway to catalogue material from the Guardian Archive and improve its documentation, in order to make the collection more accessible and assist in its use for study and research.

For more information on the Guardian Archive please visit: http://www.library.manchester.ac.uk/search-resources/guide-to-special-collections/atoz/guardian-archive/

We look forward to seeing you there!