History

The Manchester YMCA was established in 1846, one of the first YMCA’s in what is now a worldwide movement.

Initially an organization exclusively concerned with the religious, intellectual and social welfare of young men, the YMCA quickly grew; it is now one of the largest non-governmental organizations in the world, working in more than 120 countries with more than 120 million members.

During its 160 year history, Manchester YMCA has occupied various sites in Manchester and undertaken a rich variety of activities including residential facilities for young workers and overseas students, training schemes for the young unemployed, resettlement programmes for demobilized personnel after World War 2, childcare provision as well as health and fitness activities for the communities of Manchester and Salford.

YMCA Hostel, Piccadilly, Manchester, c.1910

YMCA Hostel, Piccadilly, Manchester, c.1910

Manchester YMCA has been an important institution in the history of the city. Indeed, prior to the building of leisure centres in the 1970s, the YMCA was one of the few venues in Manchester offering sports facilities to the general public.

 

 

Manchester YMCA Harriers c1910
Manchester YMCA Harriers c1910
A Manchester YMCA harrier in 1909
A Manchester YMCA harrier in 1909
Manchester YMCA Harriers in 1909
Manchester YMCA Harriers in 1909
Manchester YMCA Hostel in 1910, Peter Street Manchester
Manchester YMCA Hostel in 1910, Peter Street Manchester
A workout at the Manchester YMCA gymnasium in 1910
A workout at the Manchester YMCA gymnasium in 1910
The Manchester YMCA lounge in 1910
The Manchester YMCA lounge in 1910
Manchester YMCA Hostel in 1920
Manchester YMCA Hostel in 1920
Manchester YMCA Hostel in 1958
Manchester YMCA Hostel in 1958
Manchester YMCA entrance - 1998
Manchester YMCA entrance - 1998
Manchester YMCA and Castlefield Hotel in 1995
Manchester YMCA and Castlefield Hotel in 1995