Hulme Hall Archive

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  • Reference
      GB 133 HHH
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  • Physical Description
      3.5 li.m.
  • Location
      Collection available at the University Archive and Records Centre, main University Library.

Scope and Content

Archive of Hulme Hall, a hall of residence of the University of Manchester.

The archive is reasonably comprehensive, with the period 1920-1970 most fully covered. The archive includes copies (not originals) of the Governors' minutes from 1929-1963, annual reports and accounts, student admission registers, promotional material and details of Hall regulations. The Warden's files contain information on such diverse matters as Hall discipline, buildings, and visitors. Copies of several Hall magazines are present including the Hulme Hall Chronicle .

The archive also includes the minutes of the Governors' meetings of the original Church of England Hall, 1870-1876 (HHH/1). Records of the students' Junior Common Room committees and Hall societies are well covered, with minutes present for the JCR executive, general meetings, Common Room Club and Athletics Society (HHH/3). In addition there is a small body of records relating to Hall alumni (HHH/4).

Administrative / Biographical History

Hulme Hall is a hall of residence of the University of Manchester. It traces its origins to a Church of England hall opened in 1870 in Plymouth Grove. This hall did not flourish and closed in 1876. Hulme was re-established as its successor in 1887.

One of the sponsors of the original hall was Sir William Houldsworth, Bart, a prominent Manchester businessman and churchman. Houldsworth provided the premises, which he retained after the hall closed in the hope that the project could be revived. The hall's supporters also attempted to channel funds from Hulme's Charity, a long-standing local educational charity, to the hall. Eventually it reopened in 1887 as Hulme Hall, after support from the Charity was forthcoming.

The Hall was a private foundation, administered by a board of governors, a number of whom were associated with Hulme's Charity. Membership was for male students attending Owens College (from 1903, the University of Manchester). Owens was promoting residential halls, partly as a way of recruiting students from outside the Manchester area, and supported the initiative. Only a very small proportion of students lived in halls in this period.

In 1907 Hulme moved to new premises in Victoria Park. The new building was designed by Percy Worthington in a broadly Arts and Crafts style. Like other halls, Hulme was modelled on Oxbridge colleges, and it had its own library, dining hall, and senior and junior common rooms. A number of extensions were added to Hall over the next decades, including a house, Oaklands, which had formerly been occupied by the Fielden Demonstration School, a University-run school.

Like other University halls, Hulme developed a strong corporate identity, with its own societies and events. The interests of the student body were overseen by their elected representative, the Senior Man (later the Senior Student), who liaised with the Hall authorities, and by the Junior Common Room. The JCR was run by an executive committee and held regular meetings of residents. The Hall had a number of societies including the long-established Athletics Club, which competed in inter-hall events, and a dramatic society, which for many years put on a joint production with Ashburne Hall.

By the 1950s, many halls of residence, which remained independent bodies, were struggling to maintain the upkeep of their premises. The University for its part was keen to expand provision of student accommodation, and it gradually assumed responsibilities for these halls. In 1962, Hulme was taken over by the University, and in 1966-7, further new buildings were opened. Older buildings such as Oak Bank and Oxford Lodge were demolished around this time.

A major change occurred in 1985/6, when women students were admitted to the Hall for the first time, initially on a trial basis. This proved successful and the Hall became officially mixed at the end of the 1980s. These changes necessitated new buildings, and in the 1990s further accommodation was added.


Arranged by sub-groups, and then series.

  • HHH/1 - Church of England Hall
  • HHH/2 - Hulme Hall
  • HHH/2/1 - Governors' minutes
  • HHH/2/2 - Buttery Club minutes
  • HHH/2/3 - Warden's reports
  • HHH2/4 - Financial records
  • HHH2/5 - Log books
  • HHH2/6 - Warden's files
  • HHH2/7 - Student registers
  • HHH/2/8 - Hall lists
  • HHH/2/9 -Hall magazines
  • HHH/2/10 - Promotional materials and prospectuses
  • HHH/2/11 - Hall laws and regulations
  • HHH/2/12 - Hall plans
  • HHH/2/13 - Miscellaneous
  • HHH/3 - J.C.R. and Student Societies
  • HHH/3/1 - Executive Committee minutes
  • HHH/3/2 - General meetings minutes
  • HHH/3/3 - Athletics Society records
  • HHH/3/4 - Common Room Committee minutes
  • HHH/3/5 - Other committee records
  • HHH/3/6 - Suggestions books
  • HHH/4 - Hulme Association documents

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to any accredited reader unless otherwise stated.

The collection includes material which is subject to the Data Protection Act 1998. Under Section 33 of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA), The University of Manchester Library holds the right to process personal data for research purposes. The Data Protection (Processing of Sensitive Personal Data) Order 2000 enables the UML to process sensitive personal data for research purposes. In accordance with the DPA, UML has made every attempt to ensure that all personal and sensitive personal data has been processed fairly, lawfully and accurately. Users of the archive are expected to comply with the Data Protection Act 1998, and will be required to sign a form acknowledging that they will abide by the requirements of the Act in any further processing of the material by themselves.

Restrictions/closures of specific items are indicated in the catalogue.

Other Finding Aids

Supersedes catalogue compiled by Dr Colin Phillips in 1974.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies and photographic copies of material in the archive can be supplied for private study purposes only, depending on the condition of the documents.

A number of items within the archive remain within copyright under the terms of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988; it is the responsibility of users to obtain the copyright holder's permission for reproduction of copyright material for purposes other than research or private study.

Prior written permission must be obtained from the Library for publication or reproduction of any material within the archive. Please contact the Head of Special Collections, John Rylands Library, 150 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 3EH.

Appraisal Information

Appraisal of collection has been undertaken; appraisal report available. Some material identified in Dr Phillips' list was not located when the archive was transferred to the Library.

Custodial History

Retained at Hulme Hall until transferred to the University Archives in 2008; further accruals in 2015 from the Hall and a private donor.


Further accruals likely.

Related Material

The University Archives also has custody of the archives of Dalton (HDH), Ellis Llwyd Jones (HEJ), St Anselm Hall (HAH)and Langdale Halls (HLH).

The Vice-Chancellor's archive has files on the University's relations with the Hulme: VCA 7/17, VCA/7/269 (1905-1950); VCA/7/620 (1950-1980). The minutes of the Hulme Hall Council and Committee, which assumed responsibility after the University took over the Hall, are part of the Council/Senate committees archive, USC/59 and USC/60 respectively.


Thomas Nicklin's brief study is the only history of the Hall to appear to date; see HHH/2/13/4.

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