Salford Museum and Art Gallery presents an exciting programme of permanent displays and changing exhibitions. From contemporary art to local history interest, textiles to photography, community exhibitions and local artists, there is something for everyone!

Our permanent exhibitions include our spectacular Victorian Gallery, beautiful Pilkington's Gallery and our selling gallery, By Hand: the shop

Digital Salford: Opening the City’s Photo Album

Digital SalfordSaturday 3rd October 2015 to Sunday 6th December 2015

Join us to celebrate the culmination of this Heritage Lottery Funded project, in which volunteers have digitised thousands of images from Salford's local history photograph collection for a brand new searchable website.

This exhibition will showcase a selection of photographs of buildings, streets and areas requested by the people of Salford, along with stories and memories that illustrate the important role they take in people's lives and the identity of the city.

More information can be found on the Digital Salford website.

The Lightfoot Letters: Maria Walker and Angela Topping

Saturday 12th September 2015 to Sunday 17th January 2016

Inspired by a chance meeting and an amazing coincidence surrounding a bundle of letters from the 1920s, visual artist Maria Walker and poet Angela Topping have formed an artistic collaboration that tells the story written in these letters through a combination of textile art, installations and poetry.

Visit the websites of Angela Topping and Maria Walker.

Meet the artists!

Saturday 24th October, 2.00-3.00pm, FREE, no need to book

Artist Maria Walker and poet Angela Topping reveal the amazing and touching story behind their collaboration. The 1923 family letters present a fascinating insight into working class life, but the coincidence of their discovery adds an extra dimension to the story. 

Out of the Ordinary: Colin Rodney Burrows

Saturday 18th July 2015 to Sunday 1st November 2015

Hot Water Bottle Stopper

Highlighting ordinary objects in a photo-realist style was local artist Colin Burrows' main style of painting. In this retrospective exhibition, these are brought together with family portraits and several almost abstract  paintings completed earlier in his career. Shown alongside written memories of Colin, there will also be artwork by ex-colleagues, former students and his son, Robert.

This exhibition celebrates seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary with plenty of opportunities to have a go for all ages! 

Colin Burrows was a former prize winning student at the Slade School of Fine Art and a lecturer at Salford University School of Art until 2002.

View the press release.

100 Years Ago: Salford at War

Saturday 15th March 2014 to Sunday 15th November 2015

Langworthy Road Military Hospital

'100 Years Ago: Salford at War', helps uncover some of Salford's unique stories from World War One.

This exhibition focuses on local characters, including the Broughton poet, Winifred Mabel Letts, Billy Unsworth, a solider from Ordsall, Albert Batty, who served in an ambulance unit and Dr James Niven, who helped fight the Spanish Flu pandemic.

View the press release

Want to know more about World War One?

Download our learning activities pack via our World War One Centenary website and think more deeply about some of the issues involved. The pack can be used without visiting the exhibition but it can also be used to accompany a visit and help young people gain more insight as they view the resources on display.

Take a look at our Salford Remembers booklet for an overview of some Salford stories during WW1 including work going on to commemorate the four year centenary and how you can get involved.

Visit our 'Salford Remembers' WW1 website for details of our up and coming events, details of how you can get involved and much more dedicated to the World War One Centenary.