Manchester has seen some massive changes over the years, some welcome, some not so welcome.
The 1970s were a period of upheaval in Manchester, heavy industry had been in steady decline since the 1960s, and the city was undergoing extensive redevelopment.
As part of this, old and overcrowded housing was cleared to make way for high-rise flats, and the appearance of Manchester changed dramatically as the city centre saw a major revamp, including the construction of the Arndale.
Then in 1974 Manchester split from Lancashire, becoming the county of Greater Manchester as a result of the Local Government Act 1972.
Luckily, there are photo archives with images documenting this turning point in history, and thanks to the MMU Visual Resources Centre we can take a trip down memory lane.
All images are courtesy of the slide collections at Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections, enjoy: