Discovery Days at Manchester Metropolitan’s Special Collections

Come along to one of our themed Discovery Days and find out more about the huge range of material we hold in our collections and archives. Whether you’re looking for ideas and inspiration for your teaching or research, or if you’re just curious, there’ll be plenty to see and explore and staff will be on hand to answer your questions.


Vivienne Westwood in the Malcolm Garrett Collection
Friday September 29, 10am-3.30pm

Malcolm Garrett and Steph Boydell

We have over 100 Vivienne Westwood pieces covering the period from 1977 to the early 2000s. You’ll be able to see a selection of menswear, womenswear, shoes and accessories from the Seditionaries, Red, Gold and Anglomania labels, including stand-out pieces such as Seditionaries Anarchy shirt (1977), Portrait dress and corset (1990-91), and Rocking Horse ballerina shoes (c. 1988).

Material Process and Innovation Collection
Friday October 6, 10am-3.30pm

This unique collection, established in 2013, provides access to contemporary design by well-known and emerging, national and international designers. It features work made using experimental and cutting edge processes and untested materials including mycelium (part of a fungus) and propylis (bee glue).


Food and Drink

Friday November 10, 10am-3.30pm



This session will feature historical material from the last 250 years drawn from across our collections and archives. It will include objects for the preparation and consumption of food and drink; posters; ephemera; trade catalogues; and recipe books from the Home Studies Collection which contains over 700 historical recipes books and books of household management.

All sessions will take place in our Education Space on the 3rd floor of All Saints Library.

Sessions to follow in 2018 include:
Travel and Tourism
Friday 16 February, 10am-3.30pm

Decorated Papers from the Hans and Tanya Schmoller Collection
Friday 18 May, 10am-3.30pm

For more information contact:
Louise Clennell, Education and Outreach Officer, Special Collections, All Saints Library
T. 0161 247 3333