University of Salford Art Collection

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The University of Salford has been collecting artworks since the late 1960s and exists for the benefit of staff, students and the public. The Collection contains around 700 items which are stored and displayed on campus and are available for loan to museums and galleries in the UK and internationally. In addition to exhibiting at partner organisations we have New Adelphi Exhibition Gallery on campus.

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Opening hours

New Adelphi Exhibition Gallery
Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm (closed bank holidays)

Admission charges

Free of charge

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He was a wild one

  • 16 September — 20 December 2019 *on now

'He was a wild one' draws together British music photography from the 1950s and 1960s, from the Open Eye Gallery archive in Liverpool and the University of Salford Art Collection.

New Adelphi Exhibition Gallery, University of Salford
Exhibition Dates: Monday 16 September – Friday 20 December 2019
Opening hours: Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm

Photographs from Open Eye Gallery include works by Harry Hammond and the F Beat Archive. London-born Hammond (1920 – 2009) was the primary photographer for the New Musical Express (NME) magazine from the early 1950s – covering every trend from swing, jazz and skiffle to ballads and calypso. He quickly embraced the emerging rock-n-roll scene and became best known for this body of work, capturing the iconic energy, fashion, styles and personalities of the time.

From the University of Salford Art Collection, photographer Harry Goodwin (1924 – 2013) followed a similar trajectory. Born in Fallowfield, Manchester, Goodwin worked as a scene-shifter at the BBC Manchester Studios, alongside photographing beauty pageants and boxing matches. This led to an opportunity in 1964 to join BBC’s Top of the Pops as a photographer, where he captured almost every single Top 30 Act until 1973. Through the following decades he continued to capture some of the biggest acts of the time – including The Beatles playing at the Apollo, Manchester, and Blondie headlining at the University of Salford’s Maxwell Hall.

The works in the exhibition have been selected by local residents from across Greater Manchester; all of whom were young people during the era. Working with Creative Producer Liz Wewiora, members of the Cross Acres Community Centre and the Many Hands Craft Collective have researched and discussed the archive images through a series of workshops; and have shared their personal memories and recollections of the vibrant music scene of their youth.

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Suitable for

  • Any age


New Adelphi Exhibition Gallery
University of Salford, University Road West
Greater Manchester
M5 4BR

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University of Salford Art Collection
1st Floor Humphrey Booth House
The Crescent
Greater Manchester
M5 4PF



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