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Manchester Motoring Memories

Take a look back on Manchester’s motoring history

6 July 2013 — 15 September 2013

Manchester Motoring Memories

Manchester Motoring Memories looks back to how the people of Manchester took to ‘mass motoring’ in the 1950s, 60s and 70s.  Through interviews of first-time motorists and salesmen in Manchester in the 1960s, this exhibition looks at how our streets changed, what we did with our cars, and how they changed our lives.

If you have no idea what ‘running in please pass’ means, or didn’t know you could park outside Manchester Town Hall, come along and find out.  Or maybe you do remember your first rustbucket?  Look back on a time when brakes and headlights were useless.  Maybe you bought your first car or motorbike second-hand on ‘terms’, probably from a man in a mohair suit.  Perhaps your car had been ‘clocked’?  Despite no heaters having been fitted, motoring presented opportunities for courting, while the ‘woman driver’ continued to challenge those who saw motoring as a ‘man’s activity’.

Manchester Motoring Memories is open to all ages.  With an opportunity for older visitors to jot down their memories or contribute to the oral histories of those ‘pioneer’ mass motorists, it allows younger visitors to see first hand some old brochures, driving licences, magazines, and photographs of what seems a long-gone Manchester.

The Community Gallery space is where local groups can display their own work. We try to make these displays relevant to the story told in the museum where possible.  Find out more if you are interested in exhibiting.