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Nostalgic Snapshots of Manchester in the 1990s

The 1990s was a terrible decade for Manchester. The 1992 bombing attack wounded 65 people and damaged many buildings. After four years the IRA Bombing of 1996 caused £700 million of damage. It was the biggest attack on British soil ever, the bomb injured over 200 people and heavily damaged nearby buildings in the city center. The reconstruction was started soon after the attack, the city council, business, and central government turned every stone and rebuilt the city center. This was largely completed with much success by the turn of the millennium.

The Manchester Arena was opened in 1992 and by the end of the 1990s, it became the busiest arena in the world. The same year, Manchester Metrolink opened and Manchester became the first city in the UK to acquire a modern light rail tram system. The Manchester Velodrome was opened in 1994 which is now an Olympic goldmine. Late in 1996, the Bridgewater Hall launched and for the first time in almost 150 years Manchester’s orchestras, particularly The Halle, had an international standard auditorium.

The nightlife and night-time economy also flourished in the 1990s, with the huge investment from breweries in bars, public houses, and clubs, along with active support from the local authorities. The night-time economy has a value of more than £100 million and it supports 12,000 jobs.

Take a look at these stunning photos of Manchester from the 1990s and don’t forget to check our previous galleries of Manchester from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.

#1 Piccadilly Gardens, 1997

Piccadilly Gardens, 1997

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#2 Manchester Arndale, 1993.

Manchester Arndale, 1993.

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#3 Aytoun Street, 1990s.

Aytoun Street, 1990s.

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#4 Ancoats Mill, 1990s.

Ancoats Mill, 1990s.

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#5 Construction work following the IRA bomb of 1996

Construction work following the IRA bomb of 1996

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#6 Whitworth Street West, 1992

Whitworth Street West, 1992

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#7 Shudehill, 1990s.

Shudehill, 1990s.

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#8 Piccadilly Gardens junction, 1990s.

Piccadilly Gardens junction, 1990s.

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#9 St Peter’s Square, 1990s.

St Peter's Square, 1990s.

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#10 Central Station, 1992

Central Station, 1992

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#11 St Ann’s Square, 1991

St Ann's Square, 1991

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#12 View from Piccadilly Station, 1990s.

View from Piccadilly Station, 1990s.

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#13 Metrolink works, Mosley Street.

Metrolink works, Mosley Street.

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#14 Repaving St Ann’s Square.

Repaving St Ann's Square.

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#15 Prisoners on the roof of Strangeways Prison in Manchester during the riot, 1990.

Prisoners on the roof of Strangeways Prison in Manchester during the riot, 1990.

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#16 Kendals Department Store, 1992.

Kendals Department Store, 1992.

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#17 A Metro Link tram in Manchester passes the G-Mex Centre, 1993.

A Metro Link tram in Manchester passes the G-Mex Centre, 1993.

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#18 Bridgewater Hall opened in 1996

Bridgewater Hall opened in 1996

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#19 The Hacienda in 1990 (the club closed in 1996)

The Hacienda in 1990 (the club closed in 1996)

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#20 London Road, 1991

London Road, 1991

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#21 Rochdale Canal, 1990

Rochdale Canal, 1990

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#22 Oxford Road Station, 1992

Oxford Road Station, 1992

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#23 Club flyers, 1991

Club flyers, 1991

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#24 MMU fashion show, 1992

MMU fashion show, 1992

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#25 Manchester Airport, 1993

Manchester Airport, 1993

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#26 John Dalton Building, 1991

John Dalton Building, 1991

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#27 Oxford Road Station, 1992

Oxford Road Station, 1992

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#28 High Street, 1990s.

High Street, 1990s.

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#29 Castlefield basin, 1990

Castlefield basin, 1990

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#30 St Ann’s Square, 1990s.

St Ann's Square, 1990s.

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#31 MMU Slide Library, 1991

MMU Slide Library, 1991

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#32 Maine Road, 1997

Maine Road, 1997

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#33 Bridgewater Canal, 1990

Bridgewater Canal, 1990

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#34 Victoria Station, 1992

Victoria Station, 1992

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#35 Manchester and Salford Junction Canal, 1990.

Manchester and Salford Junction Canal, 1990.

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#36 Bridgewater Canal and former flour mill, 1990.

Bridgewater Canal and former flour mill, 1990.

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#37 MMU fashion show 1992.

MMU fashion show 1992.

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#38 Victoria Mills, 1990s.

Victoria Mills, 1990s.

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#39 All Saints from the air, 1990s.

All Saints from the air, 1990s.

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#40 Mandela Building, 1991

Mandela Building, 1991

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#41 MMU Slide Library, 1991

MMU Slide Library, 1991

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#42 Oxford Road, 1990

Oxford Road, 1990

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#43 Manchester Arndale, 1993

Manchester Arndale, 1993

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#44 High Street, 1990s.

High Street, 1990s.

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#45 Machine Room, MMU, 1990

Machine Room, MMU, 1990

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#46 Graeme Park at the Hacienda, 1990

Graeme Park at the Hacienda, 1990

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#47 IRA Bombing damage in Manchester, 1996.

IRA Bombing damage in Manchester, 1996.

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#48 Ashton Canal, 1990.

Ashton Canal, 1990.

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#49 Bloom Street, 1992.

Bloom Street, 1992.

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#50 G Mex, 1991.

G Mex, 1991.

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#51 Market Street, 1991.

Market Street, 1991.

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#52 The Rovers Return, 1991

The Rovers Return, 1991

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#53 Granada Studios, 1990

Granada Studios, 1990

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#54 Metrolink Portland Street Crossing, 1991

Metrolink Portland Street Crossing, 1991

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#55 Victoria Station, 1990s.

Victoria Station, 1990s.

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#56 Polyanna Coffee Bar, 1991

Polyanna Coffee Bar, 1991

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#57 Design seminar, 1995

Design seminar, 1995

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#58 Julie Goodyear and Roy Barraclough pictured on a tandem bike on the set of Coronation Street, 13th February 1990.

Julie Goodyear and Roy Barraclough pictured on a tandem bike on the set of Coronation Street, 13th February 1990.

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#59 A lollipop man guides children to school across a road in Moss Side, an inner city district of Manchester, 1990.

A lollipop man guides children to school across a road in Moss Side, an inner city district of Manchester, 1990.

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#60 The Newsagents in Audenshaw Rd, 1998.

The Newsagents in Audenshaw Rd, 1998.

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#61 MMU fashion show, 1993.

MMU fashion show, 1993.

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#62 Greyhounds racing at Belle Vue Greyhound Stadium, 1995.

Greyhounds racing at Belle Vue Greyhound Stadium, 1995.

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Written by Aung Budhh

Husband + Father + librarian + Poet + Traveler + Proud Buddhist. I love you with the breath, the smiles and the tears of all my life.

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