This month the BBC celebrates its centenary. We have partnered with the BBC Archives and Greater Manchester’s ten archives services to select interesting local items from the BBC’s radio and TV archives.

On 18 October a digital exhibition will open on the Greater Manchester Place screen at Archives+ showing content for each of the ten local authorities. This is supported by local and online content around Greater Manchester:

The BBC Archives has selected BBC TV items about each borough. These are some extracts from items relating to Manchester – you can see the full films in the exhibition at Central Library:

Traditional Whitsun procession through the streets of Manchester by various communities including Ukrainians

Can you spot any of the locations the procession passes through?

Julian Pettifer reports on the Corinthian Nomads ladies’ football team

This piece on the Manchester Corinthians Women’s Football Team shows how the Corintians team managed to continue to thrive despite the FA ban on women’s football in 1921 in FA grounds by playing exhibition matches all over the world instead.

Sequence of Chinese New Year celebrations in Manchester city centre

The Chinese New Year footage from 1986 captures one of the early years of what has become one of the city’s biggest annual cultural occasions. A radio news item from around the same time features Loret Lee, the founder of Manchester’s Chinese Centre, explaining why the centre had started classes for Chinese children to learn Cantonese and Chinese culture. The children then talk about their classes and motivation to learn their mother tongue.

Loret Lee on Cantonese classes for Chinese children, 1980s (RMAN/7649)

And here are some selections of radio content from the BBC Radio Manchester collection held at Manchester Central Library chosen by archivists around Greater Manchester:

Stephanie Hazeldine visits Ponchinella’s fancy dress shop In Bolton (RMAN/2578)
Roy Cross interviews Max Jacobson, a magician taxi driver from Prestwich (RMAN/7797)
13 year old Paula Wolfenden from Royton and her singing St Bernard dog (RMAN/12391)
Peter Harrison talks to children From Milnrow Church of England School and asked them who chooses their clothes (RMAN/11436)
Rock School: David Allison visits Salford University to find out about their new course on the music industry (RMAN/15902)
Sue Edwards asks the children of Barrack Hill Junior School what they write in their diaries (RMAN/13927)
Roy Cross talks to Mrs Dorothy Redfern, landlady of the Buffet Bar on Stalybridge Station (RMAN/7599)
Bob Sheldon of Sale Moor and Chairman of the Sale Formby Society on how he makes and plays ukuleles (RMAN/11501)
Constance Isherwood investigates her family tree: it’s appointments-only at the Records Office at Leigh owing high demand (RMAN/2100)

All material copyright BBC. Video reproduced with thanks from the BBC Archives. Radio extracts used under fair dealing. If you have any questions or would like to request material to be taken down please get in touch.

You can browse and watch much more Greater Manchester TV content online at BBC Rewind. You can browse the catalogue for the BBC Radio Manchester archives at GMLives and listen to digitised shows at the Archives+ search room at Manchester Central Library.