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Salford Museum & Art Gallery

At Salford Museum & Art Gallery we rely on charitable donations to ensure that our doors remain open to the public for FREE.

Victorian philanthropy

Salford Museum & Art Gallery opened in Lark Hill Mansion in 1850, featuring the UK's 'first unconditionally free public lending library' from the January, and followed later that year by the opening of the museum galleries. The building had been purchased by public subscription through the Salford Corporation, and with the help of a group of Victorian Philanthropists a collection was built up to feature fine examples of art, sculptures, books and artefacts. This group wanted to influence social and cultural change and make a different to enhancing local people's lives in a positive and lasting way.

A major legacy

Peel Park, in which Salford Museum & Art Gallery is situated, was named after Robert Peel in honour of his contribution to the subscription fund which allowed the council to purchase Lark Hill Mansion and grounds. Opened in August 1846, Peel Park was one of the first public parks to be opened in the country "for the enjoyment and recreation of the public... without charge or restriction." Initially, and still today, the collection is made up largely of items. A major legacy, left by Edward Langworthy in 1874 (former Mayor of Salford and early supporter of Salford Museum & Art Gallery), was used to build one of the largest galleries in the building, which continues to bear his name today. 

We need your support

Today, Salford Museum and Art Gallery welcomes individuals, families, schools and organisations to enjoy its exciting programme of permanent displays, changing contemporary temporary exhibitions and range of events and activities guaranteed to inspire visitors of all ages time and time again.

Salford Museum and Art Gallery must continue to raise funds to ensure upkeep of the building and the maintenance of the grounds and building. It costs us £1 million each year to run all our activities and programmes and to open our doors to the public for free all year round. We hope you will support us by making a donation today to ensure that we remain open for the future.

Donate today

You can make a donation to us securely through our website.

We also accept donations via Text, so simply text SALF44 and £10 or other amount of your donation to 70070.​

Maybe you would consider leaving us a legacy in your will? Or making a gift in memory of a loved one? These are both ways that you can support us for the future. For more information contact us.

Thank you for your support and we hope you enjoy your visits to Salford Museum & Art Gallery and to our sister heritage site, ​Ordsall Hall, for many years to come.