Resources

Downloadable Guides to our Collections and Archives

Alphabets
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.

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.

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.

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