Launch of Queen Elizabeth II and Manchester exhibition at Manchester Central Library

Manchester City Council launched a photo and video exhibition at the library today to commemorate the life of the late Queen Elizabeth II and her visits to Manchester.

Beginning with her birth in 1926, the carefully curated exhibition follows the key stages in Queen Elizabeth’s life. It also celebrates his reign, his links with Manchester and his lifelong commitment to the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.


Visitors will be able to see special images of the Queen which have been extracted from historical archives especially for this exhibition. The video clips, produced by Manchester Metropolitan University’s North West Film Archive, accompany the exhibition and provide insight into how our lives and Manchester have changed under the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.


The exhibition is on display in the Central Library on the ground floor in the Archives+ area, and Manchester City Council invites people of all ages to come and visit the exhibition and commemorate the Queen.


Council Leader Cllr Bev Craig said:


“The Queen Elizabeth II and Manchester exhibition is a tribute to the tragic death of Queen Elizabeth II. We send our condolences to the Queen’s family and to the nation.


“The world has changed in many ways during Queen Elizabeth II’s lifetime and she has been a constant for Britons through rapidly changing times.


“We remember her visits to the city over the years, both on happy occasions like when she opened the Commonwealth Games in 2002 and celebrated her Diamond Jubilee in 2012, and on darker times like when she helped comfort injured youths in the May 22. 2017 terror attack at Manchester Arena.


“This exhibition allows us to honor his death and his outstanding contribution to the UK, with a particular focus on his relationship with Manchester. This exhibit includes archived photos and video footage from 16 of his visits to Greater Manchester throughout his reign.


“As our country comes together to remember the Queen, this is one of the ways in Manchester to commemorate her reign and her lifelong dedication to serving us.


“I encourage all Mancunians to come and pay their respects to the late Queen here and to honor and remember her life.”


The Lord Mayor of Manchester Cllr Donna Ludford, said:


“As a city, we mourn the loss of Queen Elizabeth II and commemorate her historic legacy. She was a remarkable monarch and supported the British people for 70 years. Throughout these 70 years, she has been a guiding light to all and she has served with kindness, compassion and integrity.


“It is important for us to honor and remember the life of Queen Elizabeth II and her lifelong service as Sovereign. Books of condolences are located in the Central Library Reading Room, which gives the people of Manchester the opportunity to leave their own written tributes.


“This exhibition allows us to pay tribute to his legacy, his life and his great spirit. It’s an honor to be here today to launch it.

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