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For the duration of 2018 Lark Hill Place undertook a change and was set in 1918 to mark the end of world war one. The project was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and allowed us to reset the street, research our collections and stories from Salford, bring in new display boards and run a whole programme of events and activities including a promenade theatre performance written especially for the street by Paul Hine.

We were also able to commission a new soundscape to bring the street to life by working with Professor Stephen Davismoon of Hope University. Professor Davismoon recorded the sounds of the objects in the street (the knocker up pole, the sound of the doors being unlocked and so on) and added in sounds from field recordings and from sound archives. Over 300 sounds now feature in the street, including music of the time. We were able to install a new sound system thanks to a grant from the Friends of Salford Museum and Art Gallery.

The street has now returned to its 1897 setting, but you can find out more about the stories we told below.

View the Promenade Theatre Workshop video

‘Please Come Home!’ Promenade Theatre Workshop with Salford City College. Performed and facilitated by Amy Beckett and Rufus Cameron.