A request for photos of the ‘modern’ backdrop

Since we started the Modern Backdrop project in April 2022, many of you have kindly shared with us your photographs of Salford ‘as it was’, showing terraced streets and housing before and during the demolition phase in the 1960s and 1970s. Many of these images feature you or your family and friends and they give a beautifully rich visual representation of life at the time and of course the built environment.

A photograph from Julie Kay’s personal collection, scanned by us

We are now in the process of planning our end of project exhibition which will be hosted in the Salford Museum and Art Gallery in 2024. And whilst we have been reviewing the material we have collected to be displayed, we have found that we are in need of more photographs that show Salford post redevelopment – for example, photographs that show or feature the high rise buildings, maisonette houses and even the shopping precinct.

A photograph from June pope’s personal collection, scanned by us

Of course, we could get some of these images from the official sources such as contemporary brochures and other marketing material. However, as throughout the project we think it is important to capture and showcase the work, lives and experiences of people who actually lived there. So this is a call to you – do you have photographs taken by yourself or your family members that show the ‘modern’ Salford in the 1970s and 1980s? If so would you be happy for us to scan them and potentially use them in our final exhibition?

If you do, please get in touch by leaving a comment or emailing us at themodernbackdrop@salford.ac.uk.

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