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Online Map Collection

A selection of historical maps focusing on central Manchester is now available to view in the University Library's Digital Image collections (LUNA).

The maps date from the late 18th century to the middle of the 20th century, and comprise private surveys, detailed Ordnance Survey maps and a selection of plans showing the Manchester Ship Canal and Docks. 

Maps can be zoomed into street level to examine detail such as building outlines and functions, mill-owners names and the internal layout of public buildings. The LUNA map collection can be searched by key place names such as Ancoats, Castlefield, Hulme and Ardwick.

To help you locate the sheet you need from a series, either view the index map or search using the Old Maps Online interactive map.  When searching for maps using the interactive map, please zoom in for best results.


A selection of maps held by Manchester Archives and Local Studies (Manchester City Council) is also available from the LUNA map collection.

These comprise:

For further information about the World War 2 aerial bomb maps please contact: The Manchester Room @ City Library

To browse entire online map collection connect to LUNA