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The First Cut Community Project

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) generously supported the Friends of Salford Museums' Association by funding events and activities relating to the Canal and the 'The First Cut' exhibition opening in October 2011 at Salford Museum and Art Gallery.

'The First Cut: Celebrating 250 years of the Bridgewater Canal' project has aimed to engage communities along the canal corridor in its history and significance today through creative activities and events.

Volunteers have collected stories relating to the canal. When archived, these will add to our material for future research, learning and projects.

Jane Dennerly has run textile workshops for people of all ages to create a large-scale appliqué hanging inspired by the canal. Jane has engaged with Local People at numerous events and festival throughout the summer 2011 and enabled participants to create their own individual contribution to it.

Creative Industries in Salford (CRIIS) has been commissioned to work with young people to develop their media and film-making skills and are producing a short film that is a contemporary take on the canal's history and importance to communities today.

As a key element, an Apple mobile app was launched in September 2011, encouraging visitors and local people to engage with the canal and its history through up-to-date technology. It forms a canalside trail complete with information, pictures, sound and challenges, and can be downloaded to your Apple mobile device free of charge.

The First Cut exhibition

The project culminates in the The First Cut exhibition which runs at Salford Museum and Art Gallery until 22 January 2012. The exhibition includes newly created content by the local community, including stories of the canal, photographs, and a specially made film. Free entry.

This exhibition will also be going on tour to various venues across Salford once the exhibition has finished at Salford Museum.

Displays at each cluster of venues will feature:

  • Information panels from the museum exhibition Story Chair where you can listen to stories about the Bridgewater Canal
  • A beautiful textile wall hanging made by members of the community and textile artist Jane Dennerly
  • A short film inspired by the Bridgewater Canal, made by local young people
  • Story Chair where you can listen to stories about the Bridgewater Canal

Tour dates:

Tuesday 31 January 2012 to Monday 27 February 2012

Worsley Library
Boothstown Library
Walkden Gateway

Monday 27 February 2012 to Friday 16 March 2012

Eccles Gateway
Eccles Library
Winton Library

Friday 16 March 2012 to Friday 30 March 2012

Pendleton Gateway

We look forward to seeing you there!


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