Manchester was developed rapidly in the 1980s. The city center was contracted and became a shadow of its nineteenth-century self. In 1982, the abandoned Central Station was converted into the Greater Manchester Exhibition Centre (now Manchester Central). Additionally, during this decade, Chinatown and Gay Village became a reality instead of mere fantasy. Castlefield was brought back to life in 1983 when the Museum of Science and Industry opened. The Jewish Museum opened in 1984, followed by the Chinese Arts Centre in 1986. Finally, the Central Manchester Development Corporation was established in 1988 to renovate former warehouse areas and canal basins.
The radical economic restructuring, often referred to as Thatcherism in the early 1980s led to the decline of several traditional and local industries in Manchester. The city also became a nuclear-free city on November 5, 1980. It was a symbolic gesture but a progressive one.
Take a look at these fascinating vintage photos that depict the street life of Manchester in the 1980s. And don’t forget to check our previous galleries of Manchester from the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.