Shirley Baker exhibition at the Working Class Movement Library

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This new exhibition currently showing in Salford called Capturing the Modern Backdrop: Shirley Baker Photographing Salford was developed by the University of Salford and displays a selection of the artist’s works. 

The exhibition will focus on the way in which the change to the built environment of Salford from ‘slum’ to modern, was captured in Shirley’s work. The photographs will be displayed alongside material from the Working Class Movement Library’s own collections relating to housing and photography to stimulate the recollection of people’s memories of living in Salford at this time. 


Capturing the Modern Backdrop: Shirley Baker Photographing Salford is part of The Modern Backdrop project which seeks to analyse the transition of Salford from terraced housing, via slum clearance, to modern social housing projects from the late 1950s to the early 1970s. The project is a collaboration between the Modernist Society, the RIBA North West and the University of Salford. It is funded by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Arts.

The temporary exhibition space is open to drop in visitors Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons from 1.00pm – 4.30pm. Entry is free.  PLEASE NOTE: The library will be closed from Monday 30th January to Friday 10th February.