The Salford Art Gallery and Museum will host “A Christmas Visit”, where Larkhill Place is set to be transformed into a northern Victorian street, capturing what life used to look like.

The Museum has been a cultural epicentre for the city since the 1800s but like other public-serving institutions it has suffered from a lack of footfall during the pandemic.

However, they now hope to rebuild as they open their doors.

The event, which starts on 1st December, is free of charge from Monday to Friday 9:30am to 3pm, and 11:30am to 3pm on weekends.

Edward Hurst is the Salford Gallery Programming and Events Officer, and he spoke about the galleries Plans to commence the Christmas period: “Our Christmas programme has launched.

So, from the 1st of December we will have decorated all of the street. We have this Victorian street called Larkhill Place which you can go around, the whole thing will be decked out.”

Mr Hurst also spoke about the origins of the Salford Museum and the importance of the public maintaining a relationship with heritage establishments: “it’s a public space, ever since the museum opened in 1850, there are lots of different museums created for different reasons.

“Salford Museum and Art gallery was opened on the decision of the people of Salford, they wanted to open a museum, and so they did.

“I think that it’s amazing that there is a space created by people, for people in the area.

“We’re losing a lot of public spaces, and we live in a world now where not everything is open just for members of the public for free. So that’s one of the things the Salford Museum and Gallery tries to do.

“It’s a great way to find out about the past of Salford itself, and the city and the people who lived and worked there”.

photo taken by: Sophia Shaunak

According to a museum demographic article, written by ‘Ubimo’, museums still attract audiences ranging from ages 35-44.

However, they fail to connect with younger age groups, particularly ranging from 18-16.

Mr Hurst shared why he felt the gallery is an inclusive place and how he would love more people to visit: “One of the things that is great about the museum is that there is something there for everyone.

“There are people who have lived in Salford all their life, and they come back year after year and see things that they remember from their childhood and then they share it with their children which is lovely.

“If you want to find out more about the local area, it’s a great way to! From around the time the museum opened in the 1800’s to contemporary art, it’s just you know a great sort of port of entry to understanding Salford.”

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