Completed CIS buildings

Scope and Content

This file contains eight photographs and two items. The first image depicts the Eastern aspect of the CIS tower. Below the tower the car park can be seen full of cars. A number of advertisement hoardings with posters for beer, cigarettes and petrol are visible in the foreground. The second, shows Manchester Cathedral in the foreground with a number of cars and people around its environs. Towards the rear of the image CIS tower can be seen, rising above the surrounding buildings. On the right, partially visible, is the top of Thomson House. The verso is marked for publication. The third, depicts the Eastern aspect of CIS tower with all the offices illuminated. On the extreme right vehicles can be seen travelling along the road. In the foreground, to the left, older buildings are partially visible. The fourth, is a view of CIS over the rooftops of numerous other city centre buildings. A variety of styles of building are visible to varying extents. In the far distance Strangeways Tower is noticeable. The fifth, is a image of the front aspect of CIS tower. A caption on the verso reads "the CIS building is so tall that is was not until facing property was demolished for another building project that the full frontal view of the building could be photographed" The sixth and seven are images of the interior of CIS. The sixth, depicts part of the Accountants Department, with rows of desks, set in rows, occupied by workers. The central desk is fitted with a telephone unlike the others in the image. The seventh, depicts a typical office layout, with long rows of desks, many occupied by workers, along one side of the office. The remainder of the office contains metal cabinets organised in rows. In the foreground a central desk facing the remainder of the desks is shown. On its work surface are a number of stationary items, rubber stamps and an ashtray. Black and white. The first item, is an article taken from Electrical Timesentitled Tower Over Manchester from 17 Jan 1963. Contained in the piece are details of the type of lighting schemes used within the CIS and photographic examples of the lighting involved. The second item, also concerns the lighting within the CIS building and is taken from Light and Lightingmagazine. An range of images is contained within the item highlighting the modern nature of the lighting used.