Access the school's archive

The History of Girls' Education

Manchester High School for Girls was founded in 1874 “to provide for Manchester’s daughters what has been provided without stint for Manchester’s sons.” The Manchester High School archive contains records dating from the foundation of the school to the present day. Its national importance was recognised by the award in 2002 of a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to conserve and promote the country’s heritage, especially in the field of the history of girls’ education. Our new website builds upon the outstanding work done by the first School Archivist, Dr Christine Joy, to record the School’s history and catalogue the archive. The valuable material it contains is regularly consulted by academic researchers, genealogists, alumnae and present staff and students. We are now in the process of digitising school magazines and other records for this website so that documents are more readily available and more easily searchable. 

We are always delighted to hear from alumnae and their families and to receive donations of artefacts, photos, books and other documents. If you are willing to donate items, please contact the School Archivists using the contact details below.

Contact details

Enquiries and requests to visit the archive should be directed to:

Mrs Gwen Hobson and Mrs Pamela Roberts, School Archivists.

Manchester High School for Girls
Grangethorpe Road
M14 6HS

Telephone: 0161 224 0447

Email: [email protected]