Salford Museum and Art Gallery welcome visitors back

Photo: Salford Museum and Art Gallery (Image: Salford Museum and Art Gallery)

Submitted by Alison Short

The Salford Museum & Art Gallery is welcoming visitors back as usual now that lockdown restrictions have eased, and it has just opened a zero waste store.

Backed by funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Steps to Sustainability programme, the store was set up with the support and guidance of Salford’s first zero waste store, The Dispensary, in the Walkden Shopping Centre, who selected and purchased the products on behalf of the Museum.

The zero waste shop offers well-known ethical brands such as Alter/Native, Upcircle and Miniml toiletries and cosmetics, as well as easy zero waste accessory swap items such as linen bags, bamboo cloths and reusable containers.

There is also a dedicated range of eco-friendly reading materials to help people wanting to make bigger changes in their lives to be more sustainable.

Products from Salford’s first zero-waste store, The Dispensary, in the pop-up shop

A key feature of the new pop-up shop is a dedicated refill station, where people can bring in empty 500ml bottles and containers and refill them with ethical toiletries and cleaning products priced at £3-5 .

Jennifer Holland, Commercial Director of Salford Museums and Galleries, said:

“We hope this initiative will encourage our visitors to think more sustainably about how they shop and make it easy for them to change their shopping habits to be more environmentally friendly. The shop is centrally located on the University of Salford campus and on a busy suburban road in Manchester and we hope this initiative will enable students, university staff and people working in the city center to have a easy access to the best ethical products on the UK market.

“The Dispensary is the leading zero waste organization in Salford, with a thriving store in operation, and we are honored to work alongside them on this progressive project.”

Profits made by the zero waste shop will go directly into purchasing more ethical products for the museum shop, with the longer-term aim of expanding the product range, as well as helping to maintain the 172 years- building of the year.

The Salford Museum & Gallery Museum Shop and zero waste pop-up is open daily from 9.30am to 4pm, along with the museum cafe in Peel Park, The Crescent, Salford.

The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday (closed on Mondays) from 9:30/11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visitors are urged to check the website for up-to-date hours of operation and other information.

The Salford Museum and Art Gallery is free and has plenty to see and do for visitors of all ages.

Lark Hill Place, the atmospheric recreation of a typical northern Victorian street is a must-see and is now open for tours, and the upstairs galleries feature art and collections as well as ever-changing exhibitions .

Visitors can book free tours in advance by selecting many daily time slots.

New events and exhibitions are currently planned for 2022 and the You Belong Here exhibition runs until June 19.

You Belong Here is a creative city-wide program Rediscover Salford, which highlights and celebrates Salford’s parks and green spaces.

Cheddar Gorgeous (Image: Cheddar Gorgeous and photographer Lee Baxter)

Salford-based artists Jack Brown, Cheddar Gorgeous, Hilary Jack and Lizzie King each explored the city and presented exciting new work in a range of media on display alongside original archival documents, photographs and works by historic art from Salford.

In Peel Park, the augmented reality artwork The Storm Cone by Laura Daly, produced in collaboration with University students and staff, is also available to explore on your phone or tablet.

Artwork by Lizzie King (Image: Lizzie King)

Together they aim to share some of the city’s unique history and offer new stories about our local natural environments.

You Belong Here is run by the University of Salford Art Collection and the Salford Museum & Art Gallery, on behalf of the Salford Culture and Place Partnership.

It is part of the wider Rediscover Salford program which is generously supported by public funding from the National Lottery through the Arts Council of England.

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