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Demolition in Salford

Life in the wasteland - scenes from the rebuilding of a city.

Student film 1968 5 mins Silent

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Children play, and people continue their everyday activities, in this urban wasteland where fires burn as the slum housing of Salford is cleared away. A panoramic shot from the top of a tower block reveals the scale of the redevelopment of the city.

In the 1960s, the City of Salford undertook a huge programme of slum clearance, demolishing many streets of condemned terraces, and replacing them with new homes and tower blocks. Michael Goodger, from Salford University, shot many hours of film footage documenting the transformation of the area.