Four Miles from Manchester: Tony Warren's Coronation Street

Tony Warren

Temporary exhibition
Saturday 21 October 2017 to Tuesday 3 July 2018

"Coronation Street is four miles in any one direction from the centre of Manchester. Emotionally, it's wherever you want it to be in your own heart", Tony Warren.

Tony Warren, born and growing up in Pendlebury, absorbed the streets, people and sounds surrounding him. As a child Tony remembered visiting his grandmother’s house, where he would sit under the table and listen to the speech patterns of his female relatives.

1950s Salford was full of terraced houses, cobbled streets and industrial sounds and sights; this scene is set by specially created paintings by local artist David Coulter.

With original scripts and other items from his career, this exhibition tells the story of Tony Warren, the Salford legend, on his path to creating the biggest and longest running TV soap opera, Coronation Street; an innovation of its time, telling the stories of ordinary people on an ordinary street.

© Image credit - ITV

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50 from the 50's
Monday 20 November and 11 December 2017, 2:00-3:00pm, £3, pre-booking available

To mark the opening of the new Tony Warren exhibition we take an informal look at the Salford of the 1950s which inspired him to create Coronation Street. In this talk our focus is 50 photos of Salford and the wider area from 1950 - 1959, using images from 'Digital Salford'. View full event.