SWARM takes the plight of Salford's army heritage to heart, to the point where it's discovered war memorials dumped on rubbish tips. SWARM's latest battle has been to try and save a marble World War 1 plaque, currently on display inside Salford Central Mission which the council is determined to demolish (see here).
By bringing to light the plight of the plaque it now looks like it might be saved. A Salford Council rep has assured SWARM that it will be put in the new Oasis MediaCityUK school which is destined for the site of the old Mission (providing the school gets planning permission)…
"Following discussions with Oasis, the academy's sponsor, the memorial plaque would be carefully removed, cleaned and repositioned in a prominent position in the entrance foyer of the proposed new academy building…"
As well as saving memorials SWARM is also building an archive of army memories and memorabilia, and is asking Salford people to bring along to its Open Day any photos of memorials or soldiers, or any WW1 or 2 artefacts which its members will scan or photograph and hand back.
SWARM members will also be on hand to answer any questions or talk about their work and why they do it.
SWARM OPEN DAY
Pendleton Gateway, near Salford Precinct and the Broadwalk Library
Thursday 28th October 2010
SWARM also has a very busy online Forum (click here) and a Facebook page (click here)
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