Lowry Bridge is also known as Salford Quays Millennium. It was designed by Carlos Fernandez Casado who is known for his structual enigma and was built in 2000 and spans across the Manchseter Ship Canal from Trafford Wharf to Salford Quays.
The Quays were formerly Salford Docks (part of the Manchester Docks) that were opened by Queen Victoria in 1894. The docks were one of the busiest in Britain until the decline in the 1970s which led to the closure in 1982.
Since 1982 the docks were invested and regnerated intensively by the Salford City Council, the government and private investment. A redevelopment plan was made for the Quays where The Lowry (named after a local artist) (April 2000), Imperial War Museum North (Opened in 2002) and recently MediaCity Uk were added. There are also the Lowry Outlet Mall and also a number of residential areas around the docks' piers.
Today, it's a tourist attraction in it's own right with so much for the visitor to see and do. Do check out The Quays website to help you plan your visit.
MediaCity UK is situated at Salford Quays and owned by The Peel Group. MediaCityUk houses studios including BBC North and soon ITV will be joining them. The complex has a media centre and has a number of office complexes. Media City looks over the Manchester Ship Canal and across The Lowry and The Imperial Wharf North. An open centre is offered for visitors where there soon will be shops, cafes and restaurants.
MediaCity UK is still receiving new companies to occupy their office space and some of the office complexes are still empty but the contemporary architectural is worth looking at.
The purpose of my visit to the Imperial War Museum North was to visit the viewing platform for views across the Quays, Manchester and beyond! There is a charge of 1.20 gbp to go up to the viewing platform where you're awarded with views of the surrounding landscapes including Manchester United Football Ground! There are information decks telling you about the history of the landscapes.
I didn't have time to visit the actual museum but hope to on a future visit to The Quays.
The Lowry opened as an art and entertainment complex in April 2000 and situated on the waterfront of The Manchester Ship Canal. The complex has two theatres, studio space, galleries featuring a lot of LS Lowry works and other contemporary exhibitions. It's situated in Salford Quays and the centre was part of the regenerated docklands. I made two visits to the complex in October 2000 when I saw Opera North hosted Eugine Onegin at the Lowry Theatre and 2011 (also in October) when I visited the Lowry Galleries.
The website claims that it's more than a venue because the public space interlinks with the theatres, galleries and other complex's attractions. This has become a "must see" international tourist attraction and offers something for everyone whether it's a visitor or a member of the local community.
Whilst visting the Lowry Galleries I enjoyed taking in the works of LS Lowry and also Adolphe Valette, an impressionist painter who made a mark in Manchester at the beginning of the 20th Century. It's free of charge to look although donations are strongly encouraged.
This a very moving thought-provoking museum experience. Daniel Libeskind's amazingly designed structure is dedicated to the "experiences and memories of men, women and children, focusing on how war shapes lives yesterday, today and tomorrow".
Admission is free (donations are always welcomed) but you do need to get an admission ticket from the reception desk. keep hold of this ticket too if you wish to go up to the viewing platform.
Apparently you can get a permit to take photos -I didn't realise this until I got home but nobody challenged me about one as we took photos - indeed Dave was using my head as a ready-made tripod!
A restored Tudor house in Salford, half timber beamed with a Great Hall and several other rooms with original furniture and decoration. Reputedly haunted! Various parts of the house date from the 12th century to Victorian kitchens. Small gallery upstairs featuring local artists. Lots of educational programs for kids. Small gift shop. Free admission.
A gallery, restaurant and theatre under one spectacular roof. Named for famous early 20th century artist, LS Lowry who painted the working people of Salford in the streets and factories. There are two performance theatres in the complex as well and a cafe and restaurant.
The Quays were once canals that linked waterways for industry shipping. The Manchester Ship Canal is still part of the complex of waterways here. In the last 10 - 15 years it has been all redeveloped to an upscale waterfront area with shopping, accomodation, galleries, museum, theatre and restaurants as well as posh flats on the waterfront quays. Outlet shopping in a large shopping center has all the name brands. There are cinemas as well for the latest releases. Browse the Lowry gallery or the Imperial War Museum North or attend a performance in the Lowry theatre. EAsy to get to via the tram from central Manchester. Not too far from Old Trafford, either.
A northern branch of the national war museum, across the quays from the Lowry center in the Salford Quays district. Multi media displays show the history of Britain's involvement in military actions over the past 100 years or so with a focus on Manchester and area battalions. Artillery, uniforms, photos, documents, film and video. Mobility accessible. In a beautiful new building. Access via a footbridge over the quay. (photo from the museum web site)
Tells all about the history of the Jewish people in the Manchester area. The building used to be a Spanish synogogue and the synogogue part has been restored and is quite nice. Photos, documents, recorded stories and memories.
Nov 2001 Visit the new art gallery and theatre complex, called The Lowry after Salford's famous artist. It is one of the magnificent new art galleries opened during Millennium year. It should enter for 2001's Sterling prize for new architecture. It was opened by the Queen in October 2000
It contains a huge collection of Lowry drawings and paintings.
We went to The Lowry to meet my sister and step-mother for lunch on my birthday.
Aug 2003 This time we went to The Lowry to meet my sister and brother-in-law for lunch on Carol's 60th birthday. For me the highlight of the visit was not the Lowry drawings and paintings, but a temporary exhibition of photographs tracing the River Irwell from source to its confluence with the River Mersey.
Now amongst all these interactive exhibits there is the "Big Picture" experience.
What happens here is that the main exhibition hall is suddenly darkened and transformed into a giant audio-visual screen presentation. This happens each hour and there are three different shows.:-
Children and War at 1030,1.30 and 4.30
Why War? at 11.30, 2.30 and 5.30
Weapons of War 12.30 and 3.30
This can be infuriating to those in the midst of exploring other exhibits (eh Laura ;-) but I found I was more taken with the whole design concept of the museum and the way it interacted around you rather than being interrupted with reading exhibit legends.
I expected the museum to be a series of rooms with exhibits but not so. The space is mainly one large room split into segments but easy to move between and is quite novel. There is a time line going around the perimeter of the gallery walls following the conflicts of the 20th century from 1900 to present day.
Then there are 6 Silos (exhibition areas) each with a themed look at war:-
Experience of War
Women and War
Impressions of War
Empire, Commonwealth and War
Science, Technology and War
Legacy of War
Time stacks give you a chance to explore various objects interactively, revealing stories and people behind them.
There are lots of events going on - just check out the website for uptodate information and lots more about access and opening times.
Even outside of the galleries there are interesting objects on display - like this old print machine.