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Salford Museum and Art Gallery and Ordsall Hall have a rich history of working collaboratively with Salford’s varied communities to support them in engaging with their heritage and that of the city. Through externally-funded and core activities and projects, we have worked creatively with communities, groups, societies and organisation from across the City of Salford.

We have offered support for projects and activity that groups are planning to undertake, and run projects with heritage themes in partnership with many different organisations and audiences, including older people, young groups, local history societies and schools. These projects aimed to offer community involvement and ownership at all levels, and helped local people gain an insight into the broad heritage of Salford in a variety of ways, ranging from oral history collection to participatory art.

Some examples of these projects include:

Salford Sporting Memories supported older people in reconnecting with their sporting heritage through reminiscence and object handling. Whether you are a supporter or a player, if you live in Salford, sport will have touched your life. With support from The Booth Charities and Salford CCG, this project aimed to bring sport back into the lives of those that may have lost touch with their sporting heritage. The project team worked with older people in Salford living with dementia, depression or other mental health issues, or who may be experiencing loneliness or isolation, to introduce them back into healthy social and physical activity.

Come along and share your sporting memories at our new FREE Sporting Memories sessions at Swinton Library, which take place on the first Monday of each month from, 2-3pm. Check out the Libraries things to do section of our website for the next session.

Salford Remembers (World War One Centenary) marked a city-wide focus on commemorating the 100 year anniversary of the First World War, and its significance locally, nationally and globally. Based at Salford Museum & Art Gallery, it saw an events programme, artefact loans and community engagement work towards highlighting the conflict’s impact on the city.

Download our Salford Remembers booklet.

House of Memories is a dementia awareness programme for museums run by national Museums Liverpool (NML), designed to support people living with dementia, their social carers and families. It aims to provide them with new skills and resources to share with people living with dementia, thus contributing to their well-being and quality of life. These include information on accessing museum resources and visiting the museum, as well as running sessions in care settings and trying new activities at home. Salford Museum & Art Gallery has a long-standing relationship with NML and has hosted a number of events for professional and family carers, as well as supporting with resources and ideas.

Stories of Chat Moss was a project that grew out of the changing use of the traditional mossland used for farming around Irlam and Cadishead. Oral Histories were collected from individuals with close links to the Moss, and used by schools and local creative writers to respond creatively to the themes brought up, resulting in wonderful learning resources, artworks, and a Story Map of Chat Moss. A huge amount of interest was generated locally in these stories and they have now been captured for posterity.

The First Cut: 250 Years of the Bridgewater Canal marked the significant anniversary of the canal’s opening in 1761. The Bridgewater Canal is arguably the birthplace of the industrial revolution, with its engineering and social innovations shaping modern society. This project supported creative community activities, including oral histories, textile art and film making, to engage local people in the canal’s history and significance today, leading up to an exhibition at Salford Museum and Art Gallery in October 2011.

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