This week the concert hall has been transformed for the recreation of “ The Netball Party” an annual event that took place between 1919 and 1939. By the 1930s netball was the most popular indoor sport at the club with more than 200 boys playing each week. We would like to thank Salford University for helping us make the project happen and to St Josephs RC Primary and Primrose Hill Primary for taking part. Thanks also to volunteers from Talktalk.
We are open Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September from 11am- 3pm for the Heritage Open Days. Our event features the special exhibition “Albert Finney was never a member” in the form of 21 blue plaques installed in different rooms around the building, to mark people’s visits or links with the club; like Graham Nash and Alan Clarke performing in a minstrel troupe here in 1956, Wayne Rooney and Frank Sidebottom together in the gym in 2014, or the most current one Maxine Peake in the kitchen wearing a pair of marigolds!
A fashion show using discarded materials proved to be a great success for the audience in the senior games room last night. The project working with Ordsall Community Arts has been very popular with the group over the past few months. All the clothes have been created by the group, who collected the materials and made the garments. The event raised money for breast cancer awareness.
An Exhibition about the Nippers of Salford Lads Club is showing at the Peoples History Museum in Manchester every day until 17th January 2016. The exhibition title is taken from one the clubs 22,500 record cards from 1903, when lads aged 13 worked as Nippers in local industries. The exhibition links these records to photographs from the clubs archive, showing football, boxing and gymnastics teams along with famous club members and long serving volunteers.
We had more than 100 visitors to see photographs by former lads club member Arthur Brougham in the new archive room at the club last weekend. The exhibition is part of the celebration to mark the first Shelagh Delaney Day in Salford. The exhibition will also be on next weekend 29/30 November 11-2 Saturday and 12-3 on Sunday. More pictures are on our facebook page.
We are open this weekend to show a new permanent display of 100 framed pictures of the annual Salford Lads’ Club camps from 1904 – 2011.This is part of a Heritage Lottery Funded project to celebrate the clubs camping history.
Also a collection of short digital films produced as the result of a year-long collaboration between Salford Lads Club and Goldsmiths College, University of London.
A 3 month performing Arts project working with local young people and artists came to a fantastic conclusion last night with a live performance in the newly restored concert hall. The event involved a new gymnastic dance, projected film and live music from the Ordsall Samba Drummers.
Young people were from Kidzwidreamz- SAYO- Salford Lads & Girls Club and artists from Company Fierce and Ordsall Community Arts. The event was filmed by Heather James from Lets Go Global TV