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Star date: 8th March 2010

LIFE THROUGH THE LENS
Snapshots of Salford's Past
Salford Museum and Art Gallery

Celebrating ten years of the Council's ace Life Times project comes an equally top photographic exhibition that links the City's past with its present, complete with a giant camera, a mock up of a photographer's studio, a DIY shadow puppet show and rats all over the place for the kids to spot.

Not to be missed.

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Salford Museum and Art Gallery's Life Through The Lens works on every level you can think of – the nostalgic, the political, the educational, the geographic, the playful and the hilarious.

Kids will love it, laughing at the photos of grannies sweeping streets in the 1930s, and those rank outfits from the Queens Silver Jubilee Party in the 1970s. There's also a giant camera they can climb inside and a DIY shadow puppet show, where they can make the figures themselves and perform (ask the assistants for materials).

You can also tie your brain in knots explaining to digitally immersed youngsters the workings of the mock photography studio – `first they used to take a photo, then take the film out of the back of the camera and project it onto paper and dip it in chemicals and then hang it up to dry etc'…It's like something out of the old Smash adverts.

To take their minds off the olden days of print photography, a photo of Salford Corporation's official 50s rat catcher Thomas Darbyshire, inspires a game to spot loads of rats hidden around the exhibition.

On a sad political level, the photos show the unfulfilled optimism of past efforts at regeneration in Salford, from half demolished houses in Lower Broughton in 1974 (the photo could have been taken today) to a fairy tale image called New Housing Little Hulton 1951and we all know what happened there…

Meanwhile, next to a window looking out onto Peel Park is a photo of how it looked before the University started building on the first public urban park in the country and hemming it in.

But more than anything the exhibition really does capture the spirit of Salford – laughing ladies on the Precinct, people waving from the new footbridge over Broad Street and kids staring with defiance from old street corners and lamp posts.

It's a spirit that remains intact in the modern photos, seen in both the pictures of the new communities that have moved into the city and also in those from the Young People's Photography Project. In the latter, Year 10 pupils from St Ambrose Barlow High School joyfully re-enact the sweeping grannies photo, while an old photo of a posh Victorian man walking in the grounds of Worsley New Hall is spliced together with a modern day hoody by Year 10 pupils from Swinton High School and Year 12 students from Pendleton College.

As the big blown up photos grace the walls and capture attention, there's hundreds more packed into albums showing old Salford streets, shops and characters, plus footage of people's memories on a tv. For the purists there's an exhibition of old cameras. And next to the Lifetimes Project archive den old photos have been mounted for a caption competition…

Those who have curated this exhibition have put some real thought, if not love, into it. And Life Through The Lens deserves to be visited by everyone in Salford.

Life Through The Lens: Snapshots of Salford's Past
Salford Museum and Art Gallery
Peel Park, Crescent, Salford M5 4WU
Phone 778 0800
www.salford.gov.uk/salfordmuseum
Open: Mon – Fri 10am-4:45pm
           Sat – Sun 1-5pm

The exhibition is on for at least six months from March 2010


Easter Holidays for Kids –
Tues 6th April: Copy Cats – create a version of your fave photo from the exhibition (11am-12pm; 1:30-2:30pm & 2:30-3:30pm). £1 charge per kid

Thurs 8th & 15th April: Photo Collages – make a laminated collage from photos on display (11am-12; 1:30-2:30pm & 2:30-3:30pm). £1 charge per kid

All ages: Free Sessions on Wed 31st March, Wed 28th April and Wed 26th May 2:30pm – Choose your fave photos from the exhibition and discuss in a session (Free but must book in advance – phone 778 0821)

 

Graham Moore wrote
at 16:13:36 on 19 March 2018
I am acting on behalf of an American, whose mother was born in 1 Robertson Street, Salford in 1922. What can anyone tell me about it? John Virgo came from Number 3, would that have been next door and he makes mention in his book of living next door to a corner shop, might that have been it? The fanily would have left there probably sometime in the 1930s probably
 
stephen brown wrote
at 13:54:35 on 06 April 2011
i was born in salford in 1959 i went to mount carmels and sacred heart and st lawrence rc high i left in 1974 to get maread sadly my wife pastaway in 1999 i still miss salford if aney one nos me please get tuch stephen brown
 
ste parkin wrote
at 06:31:08 on 17 September 2010
Why has Salford council been determined to wipe The original Salford' off the map.
 
jue2010 wrote
at 06:46:07 on 26 July 2010
I lived on the corner of Robertson Street and the Pickford Bros were my Brothers, who wants to know coz I recognise alot of u too.
 
howsu wrote
at 09:21:51 on 02 July 2010
This is great, the person that wrote the first comment whats ur real name, because i lived on the corner of Robertson Street and recognise alot of u in this pic, do u remember the pickford brothers on the corner, get back to me plse
 
haveuheardowt wrote
at 22:06:20 on 08 March 2010
I can't believe it, I'm in the main photo, it's of Robertson street which was off montford street during the Queens silver jubilee. Everyone got involved painting the kerb stones red, white and blue, there was a big street party and everyone brought there chairs and tables out. Snookers John Virgo lived at the other end of the street near Eccles new Road end, his mother, Violet i think her name was, sill lived there until the area was demolished.
 
Albert Spiby wrote
at 19:01:04 on 08 March 2010
That looks really great, I'll take my Mam along.
 
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