Hulme Study

Scope and Content

The Study contains reports, surveys, correspondence, newpaper articles and minutes which cover the following topics (1) initial feasibilities studies: these examine the economic, social and housing conditions in Hulme (2) stages of redevelopment (3) consultancy: including tender proposals and architectural assessments and (4) publicity. It also includes material produced by Hulme City Challenge which was formed in 1990 to implement proposals set out by the study.

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Administrative / Biographical History

The Hulme Study was undertaken from 1987 to 1990 to formulate proposals with a view to improving the environmental, commercial, employment and social conditions in Hulme and the Moss Side District Centre. The study was managed by a Supervisory Group which consisted of a partnership between the City Council, Hulme Tenants and the Department of the Environment. Valerie Karn was appointed as an independent chair to the group.


Initially listed in 2008. The papers arrived in two separate accessions and were completely unsorted. A structure was created and items were given a reference number based on our library system (i.e. VK/O/C/28). The catalogue was reviewed in 2018. The basic structure from 2008 was retained with items being listed in chronological order within these series. Items have been re-numbered (swapping the library number for an archive number i.e. GB3228.3/1/1) and repackaged.

Access Information

24 hours notice is required to view this collection. Material will then be accessible through Manchester Central Library Search Room, Manchester Central Library, St Peters Square, Manchester, M2 5PD. To access this collection please: Contact the archive

Acquisition Information

The collection belonged to Valerie Karn, who was a Professor of Housing Studies at the University of Manchester. When the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Centre opened in 1999 Valerie donated a portion of this collection to be archived. The remainder of the material was donated to the Centre when Valerie died later the same year.

Conditions Governing Use

Please contact the Resource Centre for more details

Appraisal Information

A small amount of duplicates have been removed.


No accruals expected.

Related Material

Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre Local Studies, Housing section. Manchester Central Library, Special Collection and Manchester Collection. Publications relating to / coming out of the Hulme Study and Hulme City Challenge which will compliment this collection can be found using these key phrases in the Manchester Central Library catalogue.