Exhibition: Salford’s Sporting Stars, Fit City Broughton, March 18 - May 10 2011, then Salford Sports Village, May 11 - July 25; Watersports Centre, July 26 - September 27
© Gordon Flood
Local heroes and forgotten sporting legends are celebrated as Our Sporting Life visits Salford.
Part of the build up to London 2012, Our Sporting Life aims to provide a unique insight into how sport has shaped the country, its communities and people.
Highlights from each exhibition will become part of the greatest ever exhibition of British sporting life and heritage, held in London for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games.
Objects and stories from the nations and regions will be joined by icons and treasures from our national sports, such as the Ashes Urn, the Calcutta Cup and the football from the 1966 World Cup Final.
Concentrating on local sporting stars, Salford’s Sporting Stars takes a look at some of Salford's sporting stories from the past, present and future, including football, rugby swimming, cycling and boxing.
Highlights of the exhibition include the history of Salford’s legendary Lancashire Boxing Machine Billy Byron and the rise of the renowned Manchester United football player, Ryan Giggs.
It also explores the story of the youngest of the Busby Babes, who lost their lives in the Munich Air Disaster, and the up-and-coming boxer, Live Wire Leach, who has also worked on the exhibition project.
The exhibition will tour venues across Salford, collecting sporting stories as it travels. These stories will then return to Salford Museum & Art Gallery to be part of a large Salford sport exhibition in the LifeTimes Gallery for 2012.
Young people from Salford and staff from Salford Museum and Art Gallery have developed the display.