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Salford Museu and Art Gallery are proud to announce that we have partnered with Pinc College, a fantastic creative college that works with neurodiverse young people aged from 16 – 25.

Pinc College will occupy the newly refurbished space that sits the café and Lark Hill Place on the ground floor of the building. For over 20 years this space has been used as a paper record store as part of the Salford City Council archive but will now be utilised by the college as a space to deliver creative education.

Supporting high needs routes to wellbeing, attainment, sustained engagement and employment to 16-25 year olds, Pinc College aims to achieve enhanced career and progression opportunities to their students. The project works with young people who would otherwise not have been able to access learning post 16 and provides a safe and supportive environment for them.

A huge amount of work went into converting the space at the museum and art gallery into something that was able to support this kind of initiative, commenting on the conversion, Ceri Horrocks, Head of the Museum and Art Gallery said;

“It has long been an ambition of ours to get this room open and useable. This summer we were able to put into practise the results of an independent report on the archive, which was funded through a grant, and moved the remaining papers in the archive to an off-site store where they are kept in perfect conditions for archival records.”

“These records will be able to be retrieved for researchers when booked in advance, and we believe that we will be able to provide a better and more regular service in this way. The material in the Local History Library remains the same and we have kept some of the more used sections of the archive on site.”

Discussing the partnership with Pinc College Ceri added;

“We are so excited to have partnered with Pinc College, a fantastic creative college that works with neurodiverse young people aged from 16 – 25. They will use the space as their college – working with art practitioners on a creative curriculum as well as functional skills for their future. They will use some of the space to curate an art gallery of their work and are very keen for our visitors to come and see what they are working on!”

Everyone at Salford Community Leisure is looking forward to welcoming Pinc College to the museum and art gallery and we can’t wait to see their work in person.

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