Onward and Upward!

The concept of the ‘family holiday’ is a recent one. For much of the last century, the vast majority of families could not afford an annual get-away and many children never experienced life away from home.

Yet over 50,000 children enjoyed a week by the sea in Wood Street Mission’s purpose-built Blackpool resort in the twentieth century. The holiday was a life changing experience with staff recounting tales of children kneeling down to kiss flowers and ‘gasping’ when they caught their first ever glimpse of the sea. ‘I never saw so much room out of doors in my life before!’ cried one child after getting to the beach for the first time.

This illustrated talk by Julie Marie Strange, Professor of History at the University of Manchester, charts the growing popularity of the family holiday, the key role charities like Wood Street Mission played facilitating it, and explores why holidays are good for us. 

When:  Wednesday 12 July 2017 @ 5.30PM - 7.00PM

Where: Salford Museum and Art Gallery 

Tickets: £10 via EventBrite 

The talk is illustrated with archive footage and costumed character performances and the ticket price includes a drink and fish and chip supper!

It accompanies the exhibition Queues, Clogs & Redemption Salford which looks at our work to alleviate the impact of poverty and improve life chances since being set up in 1869.


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