Manchester Digital Collections


Introducing Manchester Digital Collections

Welcome to Manchester Digital Collections: a new resource for exploring high-quality images of cultural collections and research projects at The University of Manchester.

We hope you find what you are looking for. Please do contact us if you have any questions or comments.

Our mission, our vision, our values

Manchester Digital Collections supports The University of Manchester’s mission to advance education, knowledge and wisdom for the good of society.

The University’s vision is to be recognised globally for the excellence of our people, research, learning and innovation, and for the benefits we bring to society and the environment.

The ongoing development of Manchester Digital Collections is underpinned by five core values:

  • Audience Focus – we believe in an audience-focussed rather than technology-driven approach, putting the needs of our audiences first.
  • Collaboration – we are developing MDC in a collaborative, collegial way, as a partnership between University of Manchester researchers, IT Services, The University of Manchester Library, Cultural Institutions, and external stakeholders.
  • Open Access and Open Data – there should be minimal barriers to access (subject to copyright and Data Protection restrictions), and we encourage others to reuse and build on our content.
  • Discoverability and Ease of Use – it should be it as easy as possible for users to discover our content, by making MDC’s functionality and accessibility as straightforward as possible.
  • Citation – it should be easy for users to cite specific content, using stable, time-stamped URLs.
The spectacular collections of the University of Manchester Library and the University’s Cultural Institutions comprise millions of items. From papyri to pixels, cuneiform tablets to contemporary art, they span five thousand years and an astonishing array of world cultures. Manchester Digital Collections provides an innovative platform to inspire researchers, students and many other audiences to explore these remarkable resources in amazing detail” Christopher Pressler, John Rylands University Librarian and Director of the University of Manchester Library