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Salford Red Devils

Sunday 10 October to Sunday 12 December 2021

Salford is a proud rugby city and Salford Red Devils have been at the heart of the community for almost 150 years.

This year England was scheduled to host the Rugby League World Cup. This was the perfect opportunity to celebrate the club and share the story of Salford Red Devils. Sadly, the World Cup has been postponed to 2022, however, we are still able to host this exhibition presented by Salford Red Devils Foundation.

The exhibition charts the history of the club, highlighting many of the team’s international achievements. On display are images and memorabilia dating back to the early days of the club and in the Frederic Shields Gallery you can view Willows Memories, a film about the club’s home from 1901 to 2011.

The exhibition is presented by Salford Red Devils Foundation.

Find out more about the Foundation →

Royal Academy Takeover

Saturday 30 June 2018 to Sunday 24 February 2019

From 2018-19, Salford Museum & Art Gallery, Ordsall Hall and The Lowry are bringing The Royal Academy to Salford to celebrate the institution’s 250th anniversary, made possible with Art Fund support.

Museums and galleries across the UK will take part in a nationwide programme of talks, events and exhibitions entitled RA250.

Interval 1.1 by Markmakers

Sunday 11 February to Sunday 13 May 2018

As a group of artists, ‘Markmakers’ came together to explore common themes through each artist’s individual contemporary art practice. Over the past year their theme has been interval. What is an interval? Is it just blank space? Is there anything of interest in the gaps?

In our modern days of frantic action perhaps the interval has come to be seen as a negative thing, a place where nothing happens. Markmakers presented their work at Ordsall Hall and invited you to take an interval. Explore the unexpected, read the artists statements, sit, stand, look and listen. Have a break, take an interval.

The exhibition included new work directly inspired by Ordsall Hall with some interventions in other areas of the hall.

Visit the Markmakers website.

Photo credit: Cliff Richards

Shaped by Time: Textile 21

Sunday 1 October 2017 to Sunday 4 February 2018

Textile 21 is a thriving North West contemporary textile group who produce high quality, innovative and creative work using a variety of textile techniques.

The new work in the exhibition presented a theme of the house as a home, responding to stories of people who have lived at Ordsall Hall, and explored the changes to the fabric and structure of the building over time.

It was also another chance to see ‘Created in Colour’, a splash of 3D work on plinths, and ‘Fashioned in Silk’, an installation of ghostly dresses in the attic.

building over time.

It was also another chance to see ‘Created in Colour’, a splash of 3D work on plinths, and ‘Fashioned in Silk’, an installation of ghostly dresses in the attic.

In Search of the Basque Children in Salford and Eccles

Sunday 18 June to Sunday 24 September 2017

Salford based artist Claire Hignett has been researching a group of Basque children evacuated from the Spanish Civil War who came to Salford and Eccles in 1937.

Finding stories in old newspapers and talking to people who still remember them, she creates this exhibition to tell this hidden story.

Visit Claire Hignett’s website.

Salford’s Early Past Revealed

Sunday 11 September 2016 to Sunday 11 June 2017

Many archaeological investigations have been carried out across Salford, but particularly in the central part of the city. Previously unknown prehistoric sites have been located, Roman roads rediscovered and some of the city’s finest timber buildings recorded, greatly increasing our understanding of the way Salford’s communities grew.

This exhibition takes you on a journey from the first Salfordians in the Iron Age right up to industrial Salford.

For past exhibitions prior to June 2017, please email our Exhibitions Manager.