Museum of Transport … Manchester Libraries …


Museum of Transport

The Museum of Transport aims to preserve and promote the public transport heritage of Greater Manchester.

The museum was established at Boyle Street, Cheetham Hill, and was opened to the public on 27 May 1979. The day-to-day running of the museum is carried out by volunteers. Our tour guide, Paul, was enthusiastic and very informative.

The museum is housed in a former Manchester Corporation Transport bus depot, to the rear of a former electric tram shed on Queens Road, built in 1901. The museum building itself was added later and consists of two distinct halves, a dedicated bus garage completed in 1928, which now serves as the museum entrance area and upper hall, and a lower hall, which was created in 1935. The whole block of buildings was Grade II listed in 1988 for its historical significance.

The museum holds a sizeable collection, including around 80 buses, one of the largest collections of its kind in the United Kingdom. Also in the collection are a 1901 Manchester Corporation Tramways tram, two trolleybuses and the prototype Manchester Metrolink tram.

In addition to vehicle exhibits, the collection of objects includes old transport signs, uniforms, vehicle fittings and ticketing equipment. The extensive archive collection includes historic timetables, maps, books, posters, manuals and plans.

We ended our tour in the museum’s period tea room where we enjoyed teas, coffees and snacks.

More photos can be seen here.

Manchester Libraries

To celebrate LGBT+ History Month in 2022, Manchester Libraries are promoting books of LGBT+ interest:

Tales From Out In The City

In Manchester Central Library one of the featured books is “Tales From Out In The City”, an anthology from 2009 about the members of our group.

The stories, letters and poems tell of anxiety, joy, unrequited love, passion, embarrassment and bravery in the face of discrimination. There is also determination, even if something took decades to achieve, such as finally being true to oneself. Above all there is wisdom. The stories help us understand the fight, struggle and political activism that have been so crucial a part in helping us achieve our equal place in society.

I have recently discovered this search engine –

It’s a search engine for PDF files. There are nearly 77 million eBooks for you to download for free. No annoying ads, no download limits, enjoy it and don’t forget to bookmark and share the love! Just do a search, for example, “LGBTQ”, “Christopher Isherwood” or “Gertrude Stein” and you will find loads of books that you can download to read.

Canal Street, Manchester

One thought on “Museum of Transport … Manchester Libraries …

  1. Thanks for the link for the books Tony. I will be trying that. 🙂 I will also go and have a look at the library thing for lgbt+ month


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