Please note that our upstairs galleries are currently closed. During lockdown we have started large scale repairs to the roof and external cornice, and continued with restoration work to the blue staircase. Unfortunately during the course of the work we have discovered other maintenance issues in some of our galleries, so we are embarking on investigation work inside the building to understand more. With this work going on we cannot safely operate a one way system upstairs, so for the short term the first floor will not be open. We will keep you updated on any developments.
Saturday 14 December 2019 to Sunday 26 April 2020
Artist Ian McKay has found the abandoned gem of Collier Street Baths a constant source of interest. The Italianate brick building is Grade II listed and was designed by Thomas Worthington who is considered one of Manchester’s greatest 19th century architects.
McKay’s artwork focuses on elements of the building’s exterior architecture reflecting its palette, beauty and splendour. His collection of drawings and colour studies completed on location provided him with the resource material to complete this series of paintings. The work offers a visual celebration of Salford’s social history and heritage for all.
Saturday 16 March 2019 to Sunday 21 February 2021
Follow the alphabet through Salford’s collections as we take you on a journey from an Ape to the zodiac.
Each section of the collection has been explored to share some intriguing items; from paintings and decorative art, to costume and social history. Do you know how Victorian gentlemen protected their moustaches from tea? Did you know we hold a monarch’s pair of stockings in the collections – but whose? Visit the exhibition to find out!
This exhibition will continue with an updated display from Saturday 14 March 2020. Some favourites such as the Buddha and the doll’s house are returning alongside new objects and artworks to showcase the collection.
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