Watch rare historical film from the North West Film Archive, and experience the location from the same viewpoint. See for yourself how much the city has changed through these fascinating glimpses into the 20th century.
There are 80 highlights of film shot in the city centre, from the early days of film in 1911 until the 1970s.

What’s New

Version 2.2

We are always looking to make improvements to the App to make it more reliable and fix any bugs. Our updated design makes it easier to see things in the displays of the film clips.

Our web site has lots of ways you can explore many more interesting archive film clips, and this site can be found at

We really hope you enjoy using the App. Please leave a review and tell us what you think - it makes us happy to hear from you!

Have a safe and pleasant journey through time and space.

Ratings and Reviews

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Nightrider@Darkspear EU ,


A fantastic app showing a range of films in and around the city centre, the map interface helps track down footage of places both still here and long gone. I hope the app gets continual updates with new footage, even if it requires payment as its fascinating to watch

ThatGirlThing ,


I live in Manchester, it's amazing seeing areas I know so well as they were years ago! I don't understand what the arrow thing is about & I do think some of the video clips could be better - for example, it is interesting seeing the people back then, but some clips have so many people you can't really see where they are, & I'd rather get a better view of the places. Great app though & I hope more is added to it!

Left Turn ,

Decent, but limited content

The app has multiple videos of Manchester from 1911 to 1974 that provide an interesting perspective on many locations. However, the movie clips are short (typically 10 s), and most videos are from a couple of areas in the city centre (the Oxford Road/Peter Street area and Piccadilly Gardens). A larger number of videos or longer videos would be better.


Manchester Metropolitan University
109.8 MB

Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 4+
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