This website is dedicated to a collection of family diaries donated to Chetham´s Library in 2008. A number of students have undertaken work upon this archive, and here we have attempted to produce an interactive resource in order to view this work. In the ´Diary´ section we present the transcribed sections of the diaries, with brief introductions to them. For more about the family members see ´Family´.
This is an outstanding collection of nineteenth-century diaries. Through them we gain an insight into life in nineteenth century Manchester, as well as the hidden life of Victorian middle-class women and children. Eventually we hope to provide diary transcriptions of the entire archive, and hope these diaries can be used by historians within their own research.