The history of our localities, towns and cities can shed light on the changes, movements and developments seen by society over time.
The collections held by Salford Local History Library can help you get to grips with using your locality to teach insightful history to your pupils.
These activities are designed to be used alongside a range of local history resources, such as those available through the Digital Salford website www.salford.photos.
You can also arrange a visit to Salford Local History Library, where you can access other fascinating material including census records, trade directories, books, newspaper articles and much more.
These activities provide a starting point for lesson planning, and can be adapted to suit Key Stages 1-4 as appropriate. They can also be adapted to suit different abilities, themes and geographical areas.
For example, some of the maps feature Salford Museum and/or Ordsall Hall, those buildings are good markers.
This will help you find other things which have stayed the same, and see where the differences are.
Print out the photographs and maps without the dates and ask the students to put them in date order, starting with the earliest. Depending on the age group you could ask them to do this:
Follow up activities
Use some of the pupil generated questions for a further enquiry – or add a question devised by the teacher, such as ‘Was everyone poor in Salford 100 years ago?’ or ‘Could people enjoy life in Salford 100 years ago?’
Research on some of the further information needed to understand the pictures – When did the roads become busy with cars? What were ‘Whit Walks’?