Downloadable Guides to our Collections and Archives

Alphabets from the last 200 years as represented in children’s books, type specimens , book design and scrapbooks drawn from across our collections and archives.

Artists’ Books (Structure and Narrative)
A small selection of books that demonstrate different ways of creating structure and developing narrative within artists’ books.

Contemporary Craft and Design (Process and Innovation) Collection
This growing collection of more than 50 objects is part of our Manchester School of Art Collection. It focuses on contemporary design that explores innovative processes and materials to create furniture, lighting, ceramics and decorative objects.

Festival of Britain
Guide books, maps, souvenirs and other ephemera produced for the national Festival of Britain which opened in May 1951.

Food and Drink
From moustache cups to menu cards, this selection of books, archives, posters and objects all relate to the theme of food and drink.

Maps and Mapping
Maps and map related material from the last 250 years including objects, scrap books, artists’ books and works on paper.

Manchester Authors and Illustrators
A small selection of books written and illustrated by Manchester writers and illustrators.

Quick Ref Guide
An overview of our collections and archives and information on where to search them online and in person.

Original and facsimile sketchbooks and notebooks providing an insight into artists’ and makers’ working methods.

Society of Wood Engravers Print Collection
A list of prints created by members of the Society of Wood Engravers (SWE) and held here in the archive of the SWE.

Special Collections Collections Development Policy

Special Collections Collections Development Policy Appendices