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LOST SALFORD STREETS EXHIBITION
 

STREETS MUSEUM – A-Z OF LOST SALFORD STREETS

Star date: 24th July 2011

People's History Museum
Left Bank, Manchester
Until 14th September 2011 free

Signs from demolished Salford streets, old maps, family snaps and the voices of those who have been expelled from the neighbourhoods that gave the city its spirit are all here in an exhibition that must not be missed.

The A-Z of Lost Salford Streets is the living, breathing soul of Salford.

Full review, photos and more details here…


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A-Z OF LOST SALFORD STREETS A-Z OF LOST SALFORD STREETS A-Z OF LOST SALFORD STREETS
A-Z OF LOST SALFORD STREETS A-Z OF LOST SALFORD STREETS A-Z OF LOST SALFORD STREETS
A-Z OF LOST SALFORD STREETS
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As you enter the A-Z of Lost Salford Streets exhibition your attention is automatically drawn to the huge brick walls plastered in real signs from long gone and recently demolished streets. It's a sad, awesome sight…

…And one that might just make you miss the white rectangular box that's standing by the entrance door with a pair of ear phones hanging out the top of it. Put these on and you can hear the voices of the Salford people who used to live in these streets, bringing the street signs to life. And yes, one woman does say "You could leave your door open"…

These are happy voices, with happy memories of a disappeared Salford that's disappearing more every day as the relentless march of the bulldozers destroy the last vestiges of old Salford.

This very week, the red brick Seedley Primary School has been trashed (see here), Wiltshire Street in Higher Broughton has been razed (see here), while Lower Broughton continues to be erased from the map. The A-Z of Lost Salford Streets isn't some mausoleum of bygone days, it's living history that's still being made tomorrow. And some of the street signs being displayed are fresh from the wrecking sites.

Today is present throughout this exhibition as its creators have gone out of their way to involve Salford's young people in their heritage. Paper plates drawn and coloured by kids from all over the city commemorate the lost streets while textile banners depict old Ordsall and the Docks

They will not let this city die in the face of MediaCityUK, Countryside Properties, Peel Holdings and the rest of the developers and speculators determined to make Salford into some poor man's Milton Keynes.

And to emphasise the cleansing, there's a poignant display of the District Six Museum in South Africa which has been the inspiration for this Salford project since day one. In District Six, the indigenous poor black community was expelled for the expansion of Cape Town, with the area's supervisor instructed to chuck the street signs into the sea to wipe out the memory of the place. Instead, he kept the signs and they are now displayed in the museum so people never forget the injustice. The comparisons are glaring.

Here, Lost Salford Streets artist and co-ordinator, Lawrence Cassidy (himself a `lost person' of Lower Broughton), has slapped huge photos of Salford people onto cargo cases and packing drums to emphasise the point. And in one corner of the exhibition are loads of old maps, with people encouraged to put a coloured dot where their former house stood and to write a little memory.

People can also meet the Re-tracing Salford team and bring in photos, stories and street signs every Saturday (1-4pm) throughout the exhibition's run.

Meanwhile, to underline how precious the very recent past can be, some street signs not on the museum's walls are displayed in glass cases with the family snaps of those who lived life there before the bulldozers arrived.

This exhibition is alive with the living, breathing soul and spirit of Salford. Never mind Jeremy Clarkson, the A-Z of Lost Streets should be the first stop for BBC people on their way to the media island on the Quays.

STREETS MUSEUM
A-Z of Lost Salford Streets
Until 14th September 2011
People's History Museum
Left Bank, Manchester
(Near the Mark Addy pub, ten yards over the border into Manc)

• Every Saturday 1-4pm – Meet The Re-tracing Salford Team
Bring in old photos, street signs and your stories of Salford.

• Sat 13th August 2pm: Streets Museum Presentation

• Sat 10th September 2pm: Salford Stories Part 2 (drama)

Further details of the exhibition and the work of the Re-tracing Salford Team see www.streetsmuseum.co.uk
 

Photos by Anya K

Words: Stephen Kingston
 

Salford Star wrote
at 16:53:48 on 06 May 2017
See Alan J Roberts comment - can promise you that no-one has touched these posts - we have a number of articles about Lost Streets - put it into our search engine at the top of the page and should show up - here's the link to Photo Archive http://salfordstar.com/article.asp?id=1348
 
Alan j Roberts wrote
at 16:51:20 on 06 May 2017
Dear Administrator,..Thank you for the prompt reply and advice... However, I must confess to being still slightly bemused as to why the postings of certain members (listed below) and my responses to them have been transfered from this page. ....Gwen...Kathryn Birchill...Frank McConochie...Kevin Healey...Jacqui Williams and Marion Williams... Presumably they have been seperated for some strange reason onto the other site "Photo Archive article", but why..? and why not EVERYBODY on this page..? I would be most grateful for your reponse. and your instructions on how to access the "Photo.A.a" site. Regards,..Ajr
 
Salford Star wrote
at 06:02:22 on 06 May 2017
See Alan J Roberts comments below... No comments have been edited or removed from this page - we don't edit or censor anything unless its racist or libellous or something like that. The comments you posted recently are not on this article but on the Photo Archive article - hope this helps!
 
Alan j Roberts wrote
at 05:57:34 on 06 May 2017
Can someone please explain why members postings have been removed from sight, and why certain relevant, inoffensive and salient points of my contributions have been edited out ? If contributors are to be discouraged from engaging in discourse with each other then please specify your policy on this point.. Best regards Ajr.
 
Alan j Roberts wrote
at 05:56:10 on 06 May 2017
WHERE HAVE ALL THE POSTINGS SUDDENLY DISAPPEARED TO.?
 
Alan j Roberts wrote
at 17:54:42 on 05 May 2017
Lived in Piercy street from birth (06-02-1940) until 1965. My Mam (Winnie) and Dad (Stan) became the tenants of The Albert Park Inn on Duke st; in 1964 until it finally closed. I attended North Grecian St; Primary from 1943 until moving on to Broughton Secondary Modern in 1951,left in 1955. Two really great schools. I was a paperboy for Ashworths (opp The Royal Archer) A cub with the 31st Salford Sea Scouts on Mulgrave st; (Harold Musk. Scout master) and I was in the choir at The Ascension, (Rev; Olsen and Pop Dawson, Choir master) I had lots of friends around salford, but I'd probably say that Dave Lewis, Alan Sandford, Brian Healey and Andy Cullen were my best mates. I was a Ted, and the Academy on Regent Rd; was were we spent alot of time and energy in the 50s. Ably supported in our quest to look cool and pull the birds by our favourite outfitters, Tom Witt and Abe Sacks, both late of Lower Brouhton Road.
 
Richard Sheridan wrote
at 15:01:56 on 16 February 2017
I was born in Hope hospital Salford 1939,from 1944 I lived in Gibson street and attended Langworthy Rd school. I have a lot of happy memories of the area.
 
erica todd wrote
at 21:48:23 on 12 February 2017
i lived in tolson st salford in 60's and 70's.. please is there any chance of the exibition coming back?
 
marlene helliwell wrote
at 05:44:37 on 15 July 2014
looking for raven street salford
 
Emma Rawson wrote
at 18:57:37 on 16 April 2014
I was born and grew up on Errington Drive,Lower Broughton.I have the best memories of growing up there,best childhood ever and am proud to be from the best city ever....Salford xxxxx
 
Roy Webb wrote
at 16:22:11 on 10 February 2014
As an ex Tolson Street Salfordian, I was saddened to read muc of your article on the destruction of much of Salford where I was raised as a boy but warmed by the many happy memories it brought back. It was most definitely a 'slum'. Husbands and Fathers were workers, Wives and Mothers kept their homes and cildren in apple pie order. I would be delighted to swop memories with any Lower Broughton folk who were around in the 50's and 60's.
 
Tim Costello wrote
at 16:48:35 on 24 October 2013
It's shame I came across this web site so late. Great memories of me and my brothers and sisters (a large family)growing up in the 50's/60's and 70's in Tolson street, i see you had the street plaque on dislay, I have some photo's from back in the day I love to get them out now and again and grin to myself (what cracking days they were being brought up in what was classed by some as a slum) we didn't now any better so it was just the norm for us kids/ teenagers. and yes you could and did leave your doors open, every body had the same in our streets 'nowt'!
 
Salford Star wrote
at 21:02:00 on 08 June 2012
See Dave's comment below... This exhibition is def finished but there's a new one starting at Salford Museum on 21st July - watch this space and we'll have a big article on it very soon. Lost Streets have also just brought out a top glossy booklet featuring loads of photos of old Salford. There's copies of it at the Black Lion pub on Chapel St.
 
Dave oconnor wrote
at 20:57:18 on 08 June 2012
As I'm a lower broughton lad, I'm interested to no if exhibition is still on ? And at the same location? Thanks
 
JIM KING wrote
at 20:56:47 on 08 June 2012
LAWRENCE YOU ARE DOING GREAT WORK RECREATING THE LOST ERA OF SALFORD KEEP UP THE FANTASTIC WORK YOU ARE DOING
 
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