Stunning Snapshots of Manchester in the 1960s

In the 1960s, Manchester was experiencing a severe downturn in heavy industry, cotton processing, and trading, which led to high unemployment. Between 1961 and 1983, the city lost 150,000 manufacturing jobs. During that same decade, Manchester’s population declined from 662,000 to 544,000.

During this decade, several landmark buildings were constructed, including the world’s tallest building, the CIS Tower, and a new district of flats. Overcrowded and shabby housing was torn down to make way for tall, clean blocks of flats.

See Manchester in the 1960s through these fascinating vintage images from Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections.

#2 Hollings Building from the tower of Owen’s Park student residences.

#9 A fashion photoshoot by students at the Manchester College of Art and Design.

#10 View across Piccadilly Gardens towards the Piccadilly Plaza.

#14 The Bank of England branch office building on King Street.

#16 Display of Industrial Design students’ work at Manchester College of Art and Design’s diploma show.

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