84 years in the making
From storing cotton to creating enthralling experiences like no other; this is the history of our venue...
Construction began in the 20s, in the heyday of Manchester's textile industry. The Liverpool Warehousing Company needed a base to store thousands of pounds of cotton, fabrics and confectionery. They found it at Victoria Warehouse, which was completed in 1932. Many of our spaces - namely The Skyhook, Head Office and The Cotton Sheds - were built during this time.
Over close to 50 years, brands like Kellogg's, McVitie's and Cadbury's packed their delicacies in The Bays, which now hosts 'plug & play' events for dinners and parties. It's named after the numbered bay stations where different goods were kept. Incredibly, we've welcomed several of those old brands back - Cadbury's and Kellogg's have both held events here.
A huge fire tore through the the venue in 1980. Two years later, a huge mural was unveiled by local artist Walter Kershaw in appreciation of Manchester's industrial history. Sadly, it was eventually taken down amidst public safety fears in 2007.
2005 marked the beginning of Victoria Warehouse as we know it today. Developers bought the structure, with grand designs in mind for how to fashion one of the best event facilities in the UK.
Where the magic happens... in 2009, work began on the building; pipes were refitted and modern lighting was strung through the grand and towering rooms. Along with media features, dining tables, dressing areas and fully stocked bars; Victoria Warehouse was entering its most beautiful stage of life yet.
“Warehouse Project” was launched on 8th April 2012. This was a dance music experience that has become a pillar of the British club scene. Attention was heaped upon Victoria Warehouse, which suddenly became on of the most sought-after industrial venues in the UK.
Corporate Events soon entered the fray. Our inaugural fashion show for GAP Clothing in 2013 put the venue in the spotlight for brand experiences with an edge. The glitz of the catwalk is something we keep returning to.
In August 2015, we were granted our civil ceremony licence to enable us to host weddings at Victoria Warehouse. We now play host to over 50 weddings per year.
Victoria Warehouse is still standing proud, with an amazing catalogue of brands and businesses that have collaborated with us over the years. We look back at the incredible memories, and we look forward to constantly developing the site and ensuring we are giving our audiences an ever-evolving warehouse playground for events.