Regular readers will know that LIDS has been busy in the field of history and heritage over the last year, mainly, supporting local group 'Retracing Salford' with their excellent photo exhibition.
LIDS member Jane Wood helped Lawrence Cassidy prepare the exhibition space last December, in the front lobby of the United Reformed Church on Chapel Street in Salford, opposite Salford Central Station and on the same side of the road as The Salford Arms pub.
The show, 'Salford Snaps', opened on 14 February and has been continuing on Saturday afternoons since then, but Jane and Lawrence are now taking a break over the summer. They will be back on the Saturday of Heritage Weekend, 12 September 2009.
Mike Scantlebury, founder member of LIDS, has been helping Jane with interviews and audio presentations at the show, as well as featuring the recordings on the radio show he presents on a Sunday evening on Salford City Radio, 94.4fm
"Our listeners have been fascinated with the stories that come out of this exhibition," he says, and is anxious that the association with Retracing Salford will continue.
Jane has been busy updating the exhbition website, which is linked to her blog on
Lawrence Cassidy has his own plans. He has been collecting family snaps, maps and street signs for many years and his ambition is to have a complete 'A to Z' of lost Salford streets, with families and views for each of them, available on a searchable database, possibly live on the web.
He is currently seeking funding for that plan, and says that latest news will be on the existing website, as things develop. In the meantime, he urges everyone to check out the current website and see some of the photos he has collected there. Especially as his collection is growing every day, with the photos, films and memorabilia that people are donating.
Also, he says, keep 12 September free. It should be a great event, open 12-4pm, free entry.