An upcoming exhibition will take a look at Salford throughout its redevelopment phase during the 1960s and 70s. 

Invisible Cities: Salford before, during and after redevelopment, 1952 to 1974 focuses on the transformation of the city when terraced houses and neighbourhoods were being replaced with modern architecture.

Hosted at the Salford Museum and Art Gallery, the collection will feature images taken and provided by local citizens, professional photographers, and stills from TV and film, alongside architectural drawings and illustrations.

The exhibition forms part of the University of Salford’s research project The Modern Backdrop. Funded by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, the project seeks to understand the redevelopment of Salford and the changes that have taken place.

The Invisible Cities exhibition is the final event of the project. These images demonstrate how the people of Salford documented their own history but also showcase how a modern Salford was planned by architects and stakeholders as well as how its ‘slum clearance’ was captured by film and TV makers.

Dr Tanja Poppelreuter, an Associate Professor in Architectural Humanities at The University of Salford and the curator of the exhibition, said: “Salford has an important architectural history and has undergone significant changes in a short space of time.

“Its transformations are keenly remembered but it seems that several discreet histories exist side by side – that of the slum clearance, of modernisation, and that of living in densely populated neighbourhoods and of being rehoused. To this day, these histories evoke a range of emotions and memories.”

The exhibition runs from Sat 18 May – Sun 1 Sep at the. A public viewing with the makers and contributors of the exhibition will be held on Wed 22 May, 5pm – 6.30pm. Entry is free. For more information, or to to book tickets, click the button below.

Sat 18 May - Sun 1 Sep,
Salford Museum and Art Gallery, Peel Park, The Crescent, Salford M5 4WU
Bradley Lengden
Published on:
Wed 24 Apr 2024