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Discover Salford - a heritage city

Heritage events in Salford - Summer to Autumn 2017

National Heritage Week from Sunday 19 to Monday 27 August 2017 followed by Heritage open days in September is the perfect time to celebrate and discover the city's heritage gems. For details of heritage open day events please see our September newsletter here.

Make the most of great children's events and activities during the summer holidays in the historic surroundings of Ordsall Hall and Salford Museum and Art Gallery (SMAG). These range from meet the maids and Victorian washday to pop up storytelling and special events such as A Wild Walk with Babbling Vagabonds!

You can even trace your steps back in time at Lark Hill Place, SMAG's atmospheric re-creation of a typical northern street during Victorian times and visit Mrs Tomlinson's sweet shop.

City Airport and Heliport, the UK's first municipal airport, present their first 'Pride in Aviation' event on Sunday 27 August with a daytime Pride Fly-In followed by an evening of live music and entertainment.

This year's Eccles festival from  Friday 8 to Sunday 10 September celebrates its 125 anniversary of being granted its charter. Ordsall Hall is participating in heritage open days with free themed guided tours on Sunday 10 September from 1pm to 3pm.

Discover more about RHS Garden Bridgewater, one of the most ambitious horticultural projects of the 21st century, just one of the fascinating heritage related activities to do at Salford's Big Day Out on Saturday 16 September.

SMAG's Queues, Clogs & Redemption exhibition looks at the work of Wood Street Mission from the days of rescuing street children in the nineteenth century to running a city gym for deprived teenagers and professionals working in the city in the 1980s. Discover meandering tales of Salford slums, literary genius, gangland violence and a fight for human rights in accompanying event, The Clatter of Clogs Talk and Walk, on the afternoon of Wednesday 6 September.

On Wednesday 27 September the Working Class Movement Library (WCML) presents a round table discussion on 'Could Salford produce another Shelagh Delaney?' In anticipation of this year's Shelagh Delaney Day, her daughter, biographer and MaD Theatre Company talk about whether opportunities exist for young working class women to find a voice and an audience almost 60 years after A Taste of Honey first appeared.

Community and history lovers can find out more at Salford Histories Festival which takes place on Saturday 30 September from 10am to 4pm at Langworthy Cornerstones. For more information, please contact

Celebrating the reopening of one of the first public parks in the country is a fire garden event at Peel Park on Friday 13 October. Its restoration includes recreating the Victorian style flower beds and layout of paths and terraces as well as bringing it into the digital age.

Marking the centenary of WW1's Battle of Passschendaele, artist James Bloomfield has created 226 commemorative plates, inspired by collections at SMAG and WCML. This art installation 'In Service 1918 - 2017' features in SMAG and Ordsall Hall cafes so that the plates are placed into service, sharing the findings of Bloomfield's work directly with visitors.

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