Sculpture: Nine Dock – one of five pieces of public art situated around Salford Quays as part of the Unlocking Salford Quays Sculpture Trail.
Made by: Mor
Made with: Current workers and residents of Salford Quays.
About Nine Dock:
No. 9 Dock was the busiest and largest in Salford. This Dock opened in 1905 and was big enough to hold 10 ocean liners. At over half a mile in length it helped the Port of Manchester to achieve international status. Today the land surrounding No. 9 Dock is home to residents and businesses including The Lowry and MediaCityUK. The quotes etched into the steel surface of this sculpture were chosen by people living and working on Salford Quays.
Guided Trail Tours:
Earlier today a few of the key staff and volunteers involved in the Unlocking Salford Quays project were taken on a trial run of the Sculpture Trail by historian Sue Grimditch (Pic.3).
I’ve filmed a few snippets of the tour and will share these with you in tomorrow’s post. Needless to say that Sue’s infectious enthusiasm for the area and it’s unique heritage really came across.
Sue and the other Blue Badge historians have so many stories and real-life accounts of what it was like to work around these docks in the 20th Century. For example, as a keen United fan I was disappointed to learn that the first purpose built ship for Manchester Liners was named ‘Manchester City.’ But you can’t have everything.
These insites are a great accompaniment to the Heritage Trail which together bring the stories and experiences of the workers to the forefront of your mind.
Experience the tour for yourself on Sun 27 March. Limited places available – please call Box Office on 0843 208 6000 to book. Location: Meet at the Welcome Desk 10 mins before start time.