Saturday, March 25th at the Library

Discovering Family Lives

Join us on Saturday, March 25th, at the Manchester Central Library for our spring fair.

The list of attendees for 2023 is shown below.

Also listed are  the extra library facilities which you will find useul.

Entry is free and we will be open from 10.00am to 3.30pm.


List of Exhibitors at the Fair

Discovering Family Lives

In alphabetical order:

  • Anglo Scottish FHS
  • Archives+ and Manchester Central Library
  • Bolton FHS
  • Elizabeth Gaskell House
  • FACHRS Family & Community Historical Research Society
  • FHS of Cheshire
  • GM Transport Museum (stand + display outdoors)
  • GMP Fraud and Scam Prevention
  • GMP Police Museum
  • Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society
  • Liverpool & SWLFHS
  • MLFHS - Bookshop
  • MLFHS - Manchester Ancestors
  • MLFHS - Help Desk open 11.00am - 2.00pm
  • North West Film Archive - curated silent films for the event, all day
  • Oldham & District FHS
  • Salford & Cheetham Hill in Focus
  • Salford U3A Family History
  • Salford Cemeteries Trust
  • Tameside Local History Centre
  • Victoria Baths Trust

Also available in the Library

  • Manchester Central Library Local History Bookshelves (next to the performance space)

  • Public computers for personal research (library card required)
  • MLFHS helpdesk (Mon-Fri) will be open for the Fair from 11.00am to 2.00pm

  • Café and seating area

  • More reference books covering the area (4th floor)

  • Music Library (2nd floor)Lending library and Toilets (basement - use stairs or lift)

  • Disabled toilets and facilites (next to the performance space)

At Manchester Central Library

Genealogy? Conservation? Preservation?

Everyone attending the Family and Local History in the City fair has a common aim: preserving and conserving our heritage and making it available for us to enjoy, to inform and add to our family and local history research and to help others to learn more in the future.

Family and Local History in the City

Meet us at the Manchester Central Library

Come and meet the Manchester & Lancashire Family History Society, the Archives+ and Northwest Film Archives, bringing together a host of other societies and organisations n the magnificent Manchester Central Library.

Take the lift or relax with a coffee

Explore the Library

This is also the perfect day to see what more our beautiful library has to offer. Next to the exhibitors' stands is the wonderful collection of local history books, then there is the archives search room, which can be seen before coming to the suite of pubic computers, some of which are reserved on weekdays for the family history helpdesk run by our volunteers. Lifts are available to all floors, the 4th floor contains more books of interest to family and local historians whilst the main, traditional library is now in a new, modern area accessed from the library basement.

Also, have a look at the floor in the glazed library entrance in Library Walk. The floor is studded with the cotton flowers of the textile trade, and some of those flowers are illuminated and display the names of those who lost their lives at Peterloo.

The Cultural heart of the city

Right on your doorstep?

As good as it gets! The tram network will get you from bus, rail and many park-and-ride car parks, to within a few footsteps of the Library. The Fair is on the ground floor, with easy access throughout. Also on the ground floor there is a cafe with seating for all. Whether you travel from near or far, the modern refurbished Library has your comfort and convenience at its heart whilst you enjoy the Fair.