Friday, 2 March 2018

Winter at Marchmont

After the last few days of snow and ice hit the United Kingdom it turned my thoughts to some of the wintry conditions experienced by those individuals who had made the trip across to Canada in the late 19th century.

Marchmont Home in the snow

Friday, 9 February 2018

Uses of the Sanatorium

When the Together Trust moved to Cheadle in 1920, it took over a site, which formally belonged to the Milne family. The purchase of the estate, which cost £5,700 (around £125,000 in today's money), included 22.5 acres of land and Belmont House along with an assortment of farm buildings. Originally, the estate was supposed to consist of ten homes but in the end only four were built. Along with Belmont House these housed 120 children. By 1927 a Sanatorium was also built in order to cater for the children if they got sick. A rummage in the archive the other week revealed some statistics for the Sanatorium in its early days. 


Tuesday, 23 January 2018

148 years old

January 4th saw the Together Trust turn another year older. It has now been 148 years since the charity began on a wintery morning of 1870. The charity has grown exponentially since the small terrace house was opened as a 'Night Refuge for Homeless Boys'. However, the charity’s ethos remains to provide a service to children and families in the local area.

As we are aware t
he small home was a great success and resulted in the expansion to a large Refuge on Francis Street and the opening of many different services throughout Manchester, Salford and beyond. Of course it was not plain sailing and the early committee members worked hard to make the venture a success. A report in the Manchester Evening News on the 18th April 1870 however, showed how it was difficult to ensure the good behaviour of the boys once they had been found work in the city. 

First Home, Quay Street

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Christmas at the Together Trust

Christmas was always a wonderful time for the children of the Manchester and Salford Boys’ and Girls’ Refuges and Homes. Thanks to the generosity of the general public, who contributed special gifts of money to the charity at this time of year, every home across the two cities was able to sit down to Christmas lunch and entertainment. Every child also received a small gift of a muffler or a toy. 

Annual Christmas Bazaar

Monday, 13 November 2017

Letters from the Front

The country fell silent on Saturday to mark the signing of the armistice between the Allies and Germany at 11am on 11 November 1918. It signified the end of World War I, after four long years of fighting. 

Poppy display outside the Together Trust, 2014

Friday, 3 November 2017

Deep Pockets and Dirty Faces

Our project Deep Pockets and Dirty Faces has now come to an end. It has been a fascinating journey through the archives for our young people as they discovered stories about not only the charity’s own history but also what Manchester was like in the nineteenth century. 

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

TB or not TB

Our admission books are at the very heart of our archive collection. We have many records relating to the administration of the charity: how it was managed; who was in control; what needed doing on a day-to day business; how money was collected and spent. These are hugely important records to show who we were. However, it is the individuals who tell the real story, not only about the charity itself but also about the evolution of childcare and the social conditions that were experienced in each decade of the Together Trust’s history.

Orphan Home Admission Book

Friday, 13 October 2017

Were your ancestors in one of our homes?

We are excited to announce we have a brand new search engine on our Together Trust website to help people see if their ancestors were ever in one of our Manchester homes.

New search facility

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

The Children's Act, 1908

Today a chance encounter in the archive has brought up an interesting case. It stems from an admission to the Homes on the 12th May 1909 and involves a first for the charity and for the city of Manchester.

Lizzie after admission

Thursday, 17 August 2017

A guest blog

This week's blog has been compiled by Robert Atherton, a student at Poynton 6th form, who has been on a week's long placement as an archive student at the Together Trust. Alongside various other duties, Robert has been cataloguing some of our case files from the 1930s and has picked out one file to research and compile a blog on.

One of the many important jobs to being an archivist is cataloguing. Whilst leafing through a certain case, I found out that it was in fact a unique and rather beguiling case. It appeared that Robert, once of 2 George Street, had the idea of journeying to Australia.  The relocation to Australia, despite meaning a journey into the unfamiliar and potentially leaving loved ones behind, offered a fresh start for Robert. His hopes lay in the hands of ‘Big Brother Movement’ (no not the show!) who ran a project of transporting the children to Australia and setting them up with the necessary accommodation and occupation.
Belmont Village postcard 1930's