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Photograph of Ward C1, 1st Northern General Hospital


Replica of ‘Rocket’ 1886.

‘Wash your hands now – as mummy does!’ c1960 leaflet

Set of playing cards depicting the counties of England and Wales, Robert Morden, 1676

Port Sunlight Works and Village c1914

Drawing of a retort used by Boulton and Watt to provide gas lighting at Phillips and Lee textile mill Salford, 1805.

Map of the River Weaver, surveyor John Billington 1721

Manchester and Salford Boys and Girls Refuges and Homes Admission Form

Photograph of Pit Brow Women leaving screen room at Gibfield Colliery, Atherton, 22 August 1918.

Lady Anne Clifford’s Great Books of Record

Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling Association

Photograph of Queensway Mersey Tunnel, Liverpool to Birkenhead under construction, 1931

‘Part of the Wall near Benwell Hill, with an Apple Tree growing upon its Summit’

Joseph Swan’s recollection of the first use of his incandescent lightbulbs at Cragside

Plan of the Saltburn Inclined Tramway

Birkenhead Park – sales plan

Registration card for the Municipal School of Art, Manchester, issued to L. S. Lowry

‘Our Northern Film Heritage’

Photograph of the construction of the Tyne Bridge

Roker Pier, Sunderland, under construction

Symeon of Durham On the origins and progress of the church of Durham

Baptism of Capability Brown

Co-operative Wholesale Society, A Colossus of Commerce

“The first report of a society for preventing accidents in coal mines”

Simon Temple's plan of Jarrow and the River Tyne

The Whitby Cartulary

Domesday Book

Laws and Objects of the Rochdale Society of Equitable Pioneers

John Crossley and Sons Limited, carpet manufacturers of Dean Clough, Halifax, Centenary Illustration, 1903

Survey and Valuation of Selby Abbey lands surrendered at the Dissolution

High level Bridge, Newcastle

Lord Mayor's correspondence from York servicemen, January-April 1915

RMS Eskimo in a Norwegian fjord

George Stephenson's Rocket, 1822

Pre-Gestee advert c1940, fore runner of PG Tips

University of Durham 1837 Charter

Photograph of the tanker 'World Unicorn' before launch

Poster advertising The People's Excursion Trains to the Art,Treasures Exhibition, Manchester

Photograph of Walter Marshall while serving as a pilot in the RAF in the Middle

Conveyance of the Ramsden (Huddersfield) Estates from Sir John Frecheville Ramsden to the Mayor Alderman and Burgesses of the County Borough of Huddersfield (Huddersfield Corporation) with full plans, 29 Sep 1920

Mersey Tunnel Construction photograph

Yorkshire County Cricket Team Photograph, 1956


Colne Valley Division Labour Union Minute Book 1891-1900

Photograph of Bessemer Convertor

Chartist movement poster, Carlisle, 1839

The Peterloo Massacre, Manchester

Photograph of Richard Shufflebottom’s Wild West show taken at Hull Fair, circa 1930

Register of Archbishop Walter de Grey, 1225-1255

Architectural plan of the Bank of England, Newcastle branch

Painting by Giovanni Montiroli of a design for the Ceiling of the Saloon at Alnwick Castle. c.1850

Flying machines designed by Sir George Cayley (1773-1857)

Author's proof copy of Love on the Dole

Leeds City Varieties Poster advertising Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs pantomime, 1976

Cellar book for His Grace the Duke of Bridgewater

High level Bridge, Newcastle

Sketch of wall hanging from the Art Treasures Manchester exhibition,

Plan of the proposed harbour buildings at Seaham by John Dobson, 1828

“W and D” Birdseye View of Textiles of Manchester

Illustration of George Stephenson's locomotive, ‘Locomotion’ 1875

Photograph of four soldiers of the 18th Battalion, The Durham Light Infantry, c.1914

Ennis and Freeman on Sydney Harbour Bridge during construction

Ferry boats

Ten Years of Nuclear Power, publicity publication by the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, 1966

Cunard Staff Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 4 (Jan 1923).

Alexandra Park

Electric light fittings for St George's Church, Preston designed by Sir Albert Richardson

Diary & Terrier of Brotherton Parish, 1778 - 1996

Durham and the North East Coast – Report of the Labour Party’s Commission of Enquiry into the Distressed Areas

The Commission for the Execution of the 7th Earl of Northumberland

Everton FC Home Programme

Diaries and journals of Ellen Weeton (written 1807-1825)

First Minute Book, Northern Architectural Association

North West Lesbian and Gay Equality Campaign Programme, 20 Feb 1988

Mortality Map of Cholera in 1866

Photograph of Birtley Belgians

‘A Kestrel for a Knave’ by Barry Hines - first page

George Walker’s watercolours for The Costume of Yorkshire, 1814

Tony Harrison’s notebook for the poem ‘v.’

Huddersfield Female Educational Institute Advertisement

York Corporation House Book, 1480-1486

Cunard Passenger List `Passengers for Halifax and Boston: No. 1' (Jul 1840-Dec 1844) 1 volume.

Plan of Seathwaite showing wad-mine surface and workings, 1821

Cammell Laird – photograph of the launch of the Windsor Castle

Alfred Wainwright 1907-1991

Photograph of Marks & Spencer store, Leeds 1909

Charter of Edward II, 12 May 1316

Lanchester Diploma

Lithograph depicting Hetton Colliery

Letters patent: Charter of incorporation 20 January 1345

Manchester Caribbean Carnival leaflet, 1993

The Victoria Engine designed by James Close 1837

Birdseye View of Barrow Docks and Shipbuilding Yard

Photograph of Martin Luther King and students at coffee morning (University Archives, NUA/05289)

Photograph of workmen at The Bowes Museum

‘Jumbo Farm’ Minute Book 1861-1863'

Scrapbook of Bradford views and portraits

Drawing of the first composite passenger coach introduced on the Stockton and Darlington Railway, 1830-31

Articles of partnership between John Brunner and Ludwig Mond, 28 February 1873

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