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Local history

It's no surprise that in a city as proud of its heritage as Salford that the local history scene is thriving. There are ten local history societies that meet regularly for talks programmes, slide shows and reminiscence sessions. Visit our what's on page for the latest update on events in the city.

Local History Library

This busy library, situated at Salford Museum and Art Gallery is open Tuesday to Friday and holds a huge collection of photographs, documents and newspapers relating to Salford's past.

It is increasingly popular for family history research, delving into the history of houses, school projects and community heritage in Salford.

Looking for maps and photographs of old Salford? Researching your family tree? Salford Local History Library is the place to be!

The library's extensive collection includes Family History sources (from 1841), maps (from 1848), newspapers (from 1858), more than 50,000 photographs and a wide range of other useful material, including:

  • Access to the People's Network and online family history resources
  • Street directories for Manchester and Salford
  • Census returns for Salford Maps and plans of areas of the city
  • Over 50,000 historical photographs of the city


LifeTimes began at Salford Museum and Art Gallery in 2002. Visitors to the LifeTimes Gallery are able to explore and experience Salford's social and industrial heritage through a lively mix of artefacts, exhibits, computer programs and hands-on activities.

LifeTimes brings the history of Salford to life by revisiting both major events and everyday experiences, from royal visits and Whit walks to wash days and schooldays. It charts the history of the whole of the city - from Cadishead to Charlestown, from Walkden to Winton and from Pendlebury to Pendleton - as seen through the eyes of Salford's people, old and young.

Cover of Lifetimes Link magazine

LifeTimes Link

Sharing Salford's fantastic story - LifeTimes Link magazine is published twice a year and is packed full of photos, memories, stories and poems about life in Salford. Download free copies of all issues at LifeTimes Link magazine. 



Local History Library

Local History Library, Salford Museum


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