This film is part of Free

Salford Interiors and Exteriors

Come behind the facade - into the factory and the terraces.

Student film 1967 8 mins Silent

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This short film goes behind the grim exterior of the condemned houses of Salford, revealing that these are still people's homes, and still cared-for. In a local factory, workers handle unprocessed cotton, a last small reminder of a mighty Lancashire industry. On a doorstep, a woman sits in the sun, minding a baby - another fleeting glimpse of a passing way of life.

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.