Onward and Upward!
|Starts:||05:30 12 Jul 2017|
|Ends:||19:00 12 Jul 2017|
|What is it:||Talk|
|Organiser:||School of Arts, Languages and Cultures|
|Who is it for:||University staff, Primary schools, Adults, General public, Secondary schools|
|Speaker:||Prof Julie-Marie Strange|
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. It accompanies the exhibition Queues, Clogs & Redemption Salford which looks at the work undertaken by one of the city’s oldest charities to alleviate the impact of poverty and improve life chances since it was set up in 1869.
The talk is illustrated with archive footage and costumed character performances and the ticket price includes a drink and fish and chip supper!
Book online via Eventbrite: http://ow.ly/ZDwn30cqcCd
Prof Julie-Marie Strange
Role: Professor of History
Organisation: The University of Manchester
Travel and Contact Information
Salford Museum and Art Gallery