The terrace at No3

History, Museums, Poetry

#Octpowrimo #Cobbledstreets #England #Northern #Salford #Lancashire

A piece of poetry by inky, based on the terraced house on Lark Hill Place. A restored Victorian Street in Salford’s Museum and art gallery.

Old building by cobbles,
Oak table , and chairs
Copper kettle boiling on the stove
near to the stairs



Fruit from the Grocers,
cutup and cored,
is ready for the pie bowl
in the oven its stored

Washboard, and Dolly Tub
in Backyard unhooked
ready for washing
that’s been overlooked

And when its been cleaned
and gleaming with pride
they’ll dry on a line
on pegs hanging outside

Cut up apples in a bowl

Sweep by the cobbles

some work is his goal

so he watches the chimney

as the food cooks on coals


And today, family living here
is having them a guest,
so they’ve laid out the cutlery
and porcelain that is best.

Victorian table, set for dinner with Plates for Soup, mains and pudding.

Traces

Family, Heritage, Historical, History

Roots

24th august 2017

they say everybody has roots.

those tiny little things that define history

traces of who you are, set in your DNA.

back when I was studying at university for my HND, I got the opportunity to research my family tree

looking back through birth records…to draw up a computer program connecting the dots.

starting from little sis and me, and mum and dad, their brothers and sisters, and granddad and grandma 👵

this seedling was grown on strong foundations … when I dug deep into the archive , with a little help from imperial war museum north, I found a tale on my Great Grandfather, on my dads side who fought in World War I.

and by following the path of the family tree, I found the answers to the tales told around the kitchen table.

it might be the genealogical cross tween a bonsai tree and and an elm, but my family tree is pretty big … and I’ve found roots that I never even knew existed.

its an ongoing project…but I’m enjoying the digging.

 

immerse yourself

Heritage, Historical, History, Inspiration, Monuments, Museums

Immerse

Salford, 11th July 2017

when taking an interest in a subject, it pays to get the most of the subject matter.

Do your research, but don’t restrict yourself to a library 📚 books are great, however if you can see an item relating to your interest….it makes your interest  solid..  tangible.

Its  probably why I enjoy walking round the county museums and art galleries

taking in the counties art collections and exhibits and learning about the stories behind the picture.

I’ve covered the imperial war museum north a lot on this site.  But there are many other galleries that bring art and history to life.

Victorian Street at Salford Museum and Art Gallery - "Lark Hill Place"

Lark hill place in the city art gallery is one such example. Whilst others admire the paintings of Lowry and other local artists, You walk down an actual Victorian street.

You can see items in the windows, smell the smells of Victorian life and hear the sounds of a Victorian day…hear the hooves of the horses hitting the cobbles, and the clang of the blacksmith getting ready to replace those horses shoes …all before going back to modern life and enjoying your packed lunch.

immerse yourself….you will enjoy it

On the record

History, Inspiration, Life, Memories, Memory, Poetry

Record

Old box files

a tale of someone’s life

diaries , holding memories from long ago

photos of holidays from far off places

sitting next to journals of journeys gone by

memories frozen in a moment

time captured in an object

the cv…course of life ?…doesn’t come close

as you open the lid, and moments come flooding back

Capture it….

Heritage, Historical, History

Enthusiasm

Young minds wondered aimlessly

around the museum space

hearing the sounds around them

as they found their place

 

The colour returned – to their eyes

upon seeing my trolley – to my surprise

and hearing a colleague veterans tale

it was like we’d found the holy grail

 

Stories were told as they wore the hats

and genuine interest grew from these cats

as enthusiasm blossomed around our bit

The teacher wanted to bottle it…

 

For as the veteran told his tale

the enthusiasm blossomed without fail

and communication started tween young and old

as a tale of the home front it was told.

Ancient

Heritage, Historical, History, Places, Poetry

Roman Wall & Sheep_PaintingAncient

Ancient

by B.F. Kirkham

Salford, 20th October 2016

 

Among the Modern tower blocks

and chic café quarters

the old bricks tell tales

of the city history

 

Listen very carefully,

and beyond the sounds

of modern cars

different wheels are turning

 

Steam whistles pipe

as the engine wheels turn

and locos roll on

like it was yesterday

 

Aircraft await

their signal to move

ready to go

with a simple jump

 

Whilst across the road

Legions Amass by Roman Bricks

Preparing to March

Down Liverpool Road

 

And Young Glass buildings

Smile in the night

Breaking the silence with juvenile quips

“Hey Grandad….You’re Ancient!”

New Day of Vollying

Heritage, Historical, History, Memorial, Memories, Military, Museum, Museums

Monday Afternoon saw me returning back over the Bridge to the Home of the Imperial War Museum in the North, on the Trafford side of the Manchester Ship Canal

Paintingiwm

Today has seen me on the Information point Handling trolley, where visitors from all around the country have been able to look at objects and pick them up as the volunteers tell a little bit about the items the visitor is holding and a little about its origins.

These range from a helmet used by the armed forces during the battle of the somme, which was later used in world war II, to a babies gas mask used during world war ii as protection against potential gas attack.

In addition we direct and explain how to go around the big area that makes up the main exhibition space, which holds objects from World war I to Modern day

The Trolley is always of interest to visitors both young and old, because of the interactive nature of the exhibits.  Schoolchildren enjoy hearing about the objects on display.

Unfinished

Exhibit, Exhibits, Exploration, Greece, Heritage, Historical, History, Monuments, Museum, Museums, Poetry

Unfinished

During the sackings of Rome and Greece

The builders fled the construction site

Leaving the temple and markets to birds

As angry protesters had their words

The wreckage that built up was left in the sand

till one day a man from museum had plans

to recover the buildings located by sea

and learn of the heritage of the site for free

Photo Challenge: Narrow

History, Industrial, Photography, Places, Poetry, Tradition, Transport, Water, Waterside

 

Narrowboats, National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port

 

 

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Narrowboats on Erie Basin, Manchester Ship Canal

 

 
Narrow

Saturday  July 30th, 2016

A Thought: Narrowboat

They carried the cargo before the rail

up and down the waterways

Colourful characters towing the coal

that burned in the houses, factories and mills

but then with the dawn came the engine of steam

much faster than canal – down rail lines – a dream

so leisure pursuits became boats new norm

where coalmen once slept – a visitors new dorm.

whilst some tell the tales of the canals to date

and visitors on them – they think that its great.
Another Narrowboat poem : https://inkdropblog.wordpress.com/2016/02/26/narrowboat/

Roman Wall – Mamucium

Art, Historical, History, Places, Poetry

Manchester, 26th July 2016

In honour of the Roman Wall at Manchester’s Castlefield I wrote this brief little ditty.

Pulled it out of the leaves of Notebook 1 so I can share it with you all

(Artwork created by me – using Corel Painter)

Manchesters Roman Wall - An apt subject for an Impressionist Painting.

Ave! My friend.

 and welcome!, sit down.

 rest, as you enter this garrison town.

 You have reached Mamucium

 or “Castle-in-the-field”

 it’s a place, where we Romans

 don’t often yield.

 We fight with the Pilum

 and fight with the sword

 defending our lands

 from the blue pictish hordes

 We have a great legion

 five hundred men strong

 to service the need of

 the wall, that’s quite long

 And we’ll go off to Deva

 to have fun for the night

 arriving to watch

 the gladiators fight.