At the entrance to the latest ReTracing Salford exhibition there was a huge tapestry called The Key To Broughton and Ordsall. Finished only a month ago the tapestry is the visual result of workshops held at Ordsall Community Café, Broughton Trust and the Working Class Movement Library, and aims to show the new Salford and the old Salford, while the accompanying text boards give an insight into what's good and bad…
The Good Side of the New… "It's so clean, it's like the whole area has been put through a washing machine, not like the grime and pollution before…Media City is exciting and putting Salford on the map but it splits opinions"
The Bad Side of the New… "It feels like you're constantly caged in, and everything has to be under lock and key…Some feel there is a big invasion of Ordsall, lots of new things that aren't for them…"
The tapestry was commissioned by ReTracing Salford through workshops run by Pif-Paf. But that was just one small part of the exhibition which showed hundreds of family photographs of displaced families from the 1500 lost streets of Salford, with many of the street signs also on show.
New to the collection were street signs from Newbury Place, Sussex Street and Reading Street, all bulldozed in the last six months. With demolitions continuing by the week – Langworthy Road School and Booths Gardens next in line – this is a project that, unfortunately, keeps on growing…
See also here for details of the A-Z of Lost Salford Streets