The Modern Backdrop

Welcome to our blog! Here you can find images of Salford found in archives or private collections and taken during the 1960s and 70s. We will also post short articles written by residents, architects, researchers, and others interested in contributing to our project.

We are developing an exhibition that seeks to understand the ways of thinking of architects, planners, members of the council that led to the demolition of housing and the building of tower blocks. We are also interested to understand how the residents of Salford were portrayed in literature, film, radio, newspaper etc. and, finally, how this differs from memories and experiences of actual residents. We are very fortunate that this project is funded by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. This enables us to do research, collect memories and organise events. We will announce our activities in our blog and are hoping that you will come along.

When reading our blog, please leave a comment if you have suggestions, corrections, memories or just comments on the photographs.

We hope you enjoy our blog.

Tanja, Alex, Eddy and Peter

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We are interested in what you have to say about our posts. Please use the comment box below. Comments in our blogs and material sent to us will be displayed anonymously in an exhibition at Salford Museum and published in an exhibition catalogue.

We are also collecting personal memories, photographs, postcards, letters etc. from people who remember the daily life in Salford during the 1950s, 60s and 70s. If you would like to share a memory or a family photograph, please contact us:

Also, when we publish blogs we ensure that we have received copyright clearance. Sometimes, especially when publishing older images, the owner is not easy to find. If you are the owner of an image published on our blog, please let us know so that we can acknowledge you.

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