Lark Hill Place 2018 at Salford Museum & Art Gallery

6 September 2017 | Liz Robertson

Salford Museum & Art Gallery have received £32,000 of Heritage Lottery Funding to make a temporary change to Lark Hill Place, the museum’s Victorian Street for 2018.

For one year only, the museum will be moving the date of the street from 1897 to 1918, marking the last year of the First World War and forming part of centenary commemorations.

During the changeover period artifacts which are not appropriate to the 1918 street will be carefully removed to storage, giving the collections team a chance to condition check and rest the objects, some of which have been on display for 60 years.

The war would have affected every business and home in Lark Hill Place, and the new exhibit will explore these themes through interpretation, community workshops, talks and tours, and a new piece of promenade theatre. The museum will also create a new soundtrack for the 1918 street, carefully recorded from sounds made by items in the museum collection – the sound of a teapot pouring, the noise a flat iron makes when placed on the range, the squeak of the shop doors and the click of knitting needles in the cottage to name but a few.

In order to change the street over to 1918 it will be closed to the public in January 2018, ready to be open from February to December as Lark Hill Place 1918. Visit the Salford Museum and Art Galley website to keep up to date with the project.