“Community was at the heart of everyday life and interviewees had intense memories of the importance of friends and neighbours. The bull-dozing of these so-called slums was remembered in diverse ways. For some it represented an unwarranted destruction of place and community. Others recalled excitement at the new possibilities afforded by living in high rise flats and the novelty of having an inside toilet.”
Visitors to the exhibition can tell their own stories this weekend in a special recording booth. The ‘Record your memories’ booth, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, is at the gallery on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-5pm. People with memories of Manchester and Salford in the 60s and 70s are encouraged to drop in and add their story to the archive.
The exhibition continues to 28 August – visit http://manchesterartgallery.org/exhibitions-and-events/exhibition/shirley-baker/ for more information.