Major transport projects transformed Greater Manchester during the last 100 years or so, being necessary to keep people and goods moving and to support industry and commerce. While the earlier pioneering developments such as the Duke of Bridgewater's canal and George Stephenson's railway are well known, this workshop will look at a range of historical transport developments during the 20th century through old maps, original plans and engineering drawings, promotional materials, and historic documentary films.
The two hour workshop, organised by Archives+
, will include some short talks on local transport and how their design, scale, operation and economic impacts can be understood, along with a chance to handle original maps and plans from the archives showing the changing railway system serving Manchester, the train stations, the extent of tram services around the city in their heyday before the Second World War, the development of the airport, building large new roads and the scale of the docks in Salford that shipped goods out the world.
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