The Modern Backdrop: Memories of Salford

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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You can leave comments underneath each blog post but if you have images or any other historical material on Salford during the 1950s to 1970s that you would like to share, please email

We are collecting memories, photographs, postcards, letters etc on the transition between living in terraces to living in tower blocks or other modern buildings. Comments and material sent to us will be displayed anonymously in an exhibition at Salford Museum and in an exhibition catalogue.

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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