Browse Exhibits (15 total)

'Happy and Glorious': Celebrating H.M. the Queen's Platinum Jubilee


This year we are celebrating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee with a number of exciting projects: alongside displays in some of Trafford's local libraries, we have a new display in Local Studies, which shows the ways each of our towns celebrated previous Jubilees and Coronations from the 1860s to the present day. We've also created 32 lamppost signs to go on display in Trafford's neighbourhoods. Each of the signs is unique, and illustrates a historical photograph from our archive collection. 

Finally, this digital exhibition brings all of these projects together. For those in our audiences who cannot visit Local Studies in person, 'Happy and Glorious' highlights the records and objects in our permanent collection related to historic, royal celebrations. It also includes a number of images found on the lamppost signs across Trafford. 

We invite you to browse our collections and exhibits, then visit our 'Contribute' page to show how you have celebrated this year's Jubilee! The images, videos, or stories you contribute will be added to our 2022 Platinum Jubilee Archive Collection.

This project was generously supported by the National Archives' Archives Testbed Fund.

Women's Football in Trafford

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In the weeks leading up to the Women’s EUROs and the first match at Old Trafford on Wednesday, 6 July 2022, we have explored the history of women’s football in Trafford. The Trafford borough may cover little more than forty square miles, but significant games, teams, and tournaments have taken place across the region, and have played their part in the development of the sport. Here, we’ve highlighted the female players, the teams, the games, and the moments which have formed part of Trafford’s women’s football history.

There are records of women’s football games in the area going back to the late-nineteenth century. In 1921, a game between Dick, Kerr Ladies and Bath Ladies at Old Trafford was watched by over 30,000 visitors, and throughout the twenty-first century significant games were staged at White City, Stretford, Timperley, and other venues across the borough.

Over the last fifty years many prominent teams have been established in the area: such as Sale Hotel, Trafford, and Redstar (to name a few), while Trafford women have played for prominent teams outside of our borough.


This virtual exhibition forms part of a National Heritage Lottery Funded project connected with the Women’s EUROs, and aims to capture not only the voices of women from Trafford who played football, but also those who played for women’s football teams based in Trafford. Trafford Local Studies is uncovering these stories through an oral history programme, virtual and on-site exhibitions, and a contemporary collecting programme.

We are keen to hear the memories of women who have contributed to this rich history of women’s football in the area. We are also keen to locate objects – such as match programmes and other memorabilia – which helps us tell this story.

If you are from Trafford or played for a team based in our borough then please get in touch. Your memories will help to develop our archive and ensure future generations are aware of the experiences of women footballers.


Project contacts: Trafford Local Studies at 0161 912 3013 or contact Gary James, Trafford EUROs Engagement Officer, at


Hale War Memorial Centenary, 1922 - 2022


Friday 11 March 2022 marks the centenary of Hale War Memorial. The memorial is located at the junction of Broomfield Lane and Hale Road. Inscribed on its bronze plaques are the rank and regiment of 156 men from Hale, who died in the First World War. A further 57 names were added, of those who gave their lives in the Second World War.

Digitising the Trafford Photographic Collection


We've been delving through the archives to bring you some fantastic images from the Trafford Photographic Collection. Find out how we've been cataloguing and preserving these for future generations, and have a look through a selection of our favourite photographs. 

Trailblazing Women of Trafford


Through this virtual exhibition, you can learn about the significant women who have called the Trafford area home, and shine a light on their pioneering exploits.

Each week you can learn about a different woman, from articles researched and written by Trafford Local Studies staff and volunteers. 

The Liberty to Read: A History of Libraries in Trafford


To celebrate the Manchester City of Literature's Festival of Libraries, Trafford Local Studies Centre brings you a brand new virtual exhibition exploring the histories of the borough’s libraries.

Trafford on Screen


Trafford is the star of the show as we take you on a tour of filming locations in the borough. 

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Remembering the Manchester Blitz


Between August 1940 and May 1941, the Luftwaffe (German Air Force) inflicted heavy and frequent bombing attacks on British cities, ports, and industrial areas. The campaign became known as the ‘blitz’: a term first used by the British press and a shortening of the German blitzkrieg (‘lightening war’).

At first, aerial raids took place during daylight hours. In October 1940, however, the Luftwaffe switched its methods to night attacks. As an important inland port and manufacturing centre, the city of Manchester, together with the nearby industrial estate in Trafford Park, were both prime targets.

While the Manchester-area endured a number of bombing raids throughout the autumn of 1940, the most devastating attack took place in the days immediately preceding Christmas.

The Essoldo, Stretford

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The eye-catching Essoldo Cinema has been a prominent figure of the Stretford landscape since the 1930s. Let's take a look at its many identities over the last eighty-four years.

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Trafford Pub Crawl


Many of Trafford's public houses have long and rich histories. We have carried out research by looking at archive records, local history books and the British Newspaper Archive which has unearthed a wealth of information and stories. Each week, we will be focusing on a different pub in the Trafford area.

Fancy a pub crawl? Our first port of call is the Church Inn in Flixton.....