Our Archive

The Victoria Baths Archive includes the rich history of Victoria Baths, plus the Baths & Washhouses of Manchester and the history of swimming and Turkish Baths in general. It contains a collection of pictures, documents, objects and memories.

Where does our Archive come from?

Our Archive is home to a collection of items, some of which were left in the building when it closed. A larger proportion is made up of donations from other organisations and the general public. We have also acquired some material from other Baths & Wash Houses after they were closed. We have the privilege to currently be hosting a number of items relating to our most famous swimmer Sunny Lowry, on loan from Dover Museum.

Access the Archive

Our collection is available for private research by individuals or groups. For more information please fill in an enquiry form below, and we will contact you soon.

How can I share my memories of Victoria Baths?

Scrapbook compiled by George Blackburn Loaned by Barbara Davis

Join us at one of our public visit days or weekend events to share your memories in person. Our history volunteers will be on hand to collect and document your memories and any items you may wish to donate or loan. We can also accept items by email and post, get in touch by emailing


We have a wide range of objects in our collection, here are a few highlights.