“ Peel Park, Salford M5. „
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The Art Gallery is joined with Salford Museum at Peel Park on the Crescent in Salford and has changing exhibitions and hands-on activities as well as all the usual museum and gallery stuff.
Salford Museum and Gallery is one of those places that you always get taken to at primary school and I first visited when I was about eight or nine with my school. The main reason they always take you there is probably because of the locality but another reason must be the old Victorian Street that they have. My mum went there when she was at school and thats what she remembered about it.
Lark Hill Place is in the basement of the gallery and is built up of bits of buildings taken from all round Salford. My grandad lived in one of the streets where an old signpost came from and its things like that that make you realise that these things are actually real - and not from as long ago as we think.
I absoulutely love the fact that the gallery is local. Two exhibitions that I remember most are the 'Old Salford' and the 'Langworthy Scenes'. Old Salford was a museum exhibition full of old pictures of parts of Salford, old games and even videos and recordings of old people telling their local stories. It was interesting looking at old photographs, seeing what buildings still up, how businesses had grown and moved to bigger sites and what the people of my local area used to be like.
Langworthy is a run down part of Salford that is undergoing major regeneration at the moment and one incentive to try to get the young people of the area to respect it was to give them cameras to take photographs whilst they were out to be exhibited in the gallery. As you can probably imagine the pictures weren't the best taken in the world but they all had a certain charm and I really enjoyed seeing them. There was even the odd person that I knew and those that I thought I had seen around.
As well as these locally themed exhibitions, the gallery does have a good collection of fine art, pottery and sculpture for those that are interested. These are the bits that I tend to find boring in galleries but there are pieces that even I like to look at.
The only bad thing about the gallery is its size. No matter how hard you try you could not make a day out of a visit there. It's not really worth travelling far to and I think that you would only really enjoy it if you were actually from Salford or were interested in its past. If this is the case though and you have never been to Salford Museum and Art Gallery you should really give it a try especially if you have read some of the reviews on here about Salford being so bad. A trip here will really change your mind.