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).

To view items from the LGBT Foundation Archive:

  • 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).
  • Log your viewing request via this Archives+ form.

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

NEW Oral Histories Collection

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.

Our next event

LGBT Foundation Archive Pop-up for World AIDS Day – 1st December 2022, 11am-1pm at Central Library (Ground Floor)

Drop in to Manchester Central Library on World AIDS Day, to see a selection of items from the LGBT Foundation Archive at Archives+ which tell the story of HIV and AIDS awareness and activism in Manchester.

We will also be joined by our Sexual Health Team, who will be on hand to discuss HIV testing and support through the years and what is accessible in Greater Manchester today!

FREE, no need to book.

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 on topics such as LGBTQ+ housing. For more information on the collections click here to go to their website.