Manchester Libraries Trust, formerly Manchester Central Library Development Trust (registered charity no. 1150161), has raised almost £1million towards capital refurbishments, cultural and educational programming and archives work, all benefiting local communities as well as national and international visitors.

The Trust has been instrumental in helping leverage thousands of pounds through lottery-funded grants to support the Library Live cultural programme. Recent support from public donations has included funding cultural activities for families and raising over £11,000 towards the book-gifting campaign to give new books to Manchester children who need them most.

The Trust also helped to purchase the historically significant Assheton of Middleton estate collection, Manchester’s oldest surviving archive collection, which dates back to the 12th century. In addition, the Trust has supported developmental work on the Rashford mural tributes to ensure future generations can access and learn from them. 

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