Located at Archives+ at Manchester Central Library is our archive collection available for use by researchers and the general public.


The LGBT Foundation Archive, located at Archives+ at Manchester Central Library, includes materials relating to our organisational history as well as the wider history of LGBTQ+ communities in Greater Manchester.

The archive also includes an oral histories collection and copies of local, national and international LGBTQ+ publications including Attitude Magazine, Boyz, Diva, Gay Times, Gay News, The Pink Paper, Out (1997-2009), Poz (1994-1998) and a complete collection of Outnorthwest magazine, a free LGBTQ+ bi-monthly lifestyle, health and listings magazine (2000-2014). 

book a time to view items from the LGBT Foundation Archive:

step one

Locate the catalogue number for the items you wish to view using Greater Manchester Lives - useful search terms include LGBT, LGBT Foundation and LGF (we were formerly The Lesbian and Gay Foundation from 2000-2015).

Step two

Log your viewing request via this Archives+ form. This will allow you to arrange access to the archive items you are looking for with the Manchester Central Library team.

access our oral histories Sound clips

A series of 21 oral histories from LGBTQ+ communities have been added to the LGBT Foundation Archive in October 2022. A playlist of clips from some of the recordings are now available to stream via the Archives+ Soundcloud. 

who looks after the archive?

The archive is maintained by a small team of volunteers from LGBT Foundation’s Pride in Ageing programme. If you wish to make a donation to the archive or have any questions please contact us.

Other LGBTQ+ collections at Manchester Central Library

Manchester Central Library is home to a wide range of LGBTQ+ archive materials relating to various aspects of LGBTQ+ life in the area. Their holdings include posters for local LGBTQ+ events, campaigns and groups, as well as Manchester City Council publications. For more information visit their website.

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