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Manchester Geographical Society Archive

Date range: 1879-2010

The Manchester Geographical Society was established in 1884, to meet growing local interest in the subject of geography. It followed an abortive attempt to set up a Society for Commercial Geography in 1879-80.

The Society’s early activities focussed on colonial geography, especially in relation to commercial and missionary activities.

The Society ran a comprehensive programme of lectures, delivered by distinguished guest speakers and its own members. Many leading explorers and travellers spoke at its meetings.

The Society was also active in local fieldwork, and played an important role in promoting geography in local schools and universities. It was one of the leading provincial geographical societies, and it remains active in the promotion of geographical subjects.

The Society’s archive dates from its foundation and includes minute books, annual reports, financial and membership records, cuttings and documents books, correspondence files, photographs, as well as the records of its volunteer group, the Victorians.

The archive also includes the surviving records of the Society for Commercial Geography.

See also

Finding aids

  • Catalogue available online via ELGAR


Main Library

Using the reading room in the Main Library

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