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Poetry

Summertime

Something must have happened

Until now – we’ve been told to stay indoors

Move around only for Necessary Journeys

Maybe those down at Whitehall saw the

Elevated mercury from the thermometers on the wall –

Reaction varied – from the reserved to just plain crazy

The kids are acting as if they’ve never felt heat before, but

If they think – everythings back to normal – they’re wrong

Museums, Stadia, Art Galleries – all working differently

Expect to keep a distance when you visit.

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Acrostic IWM North Museum Poetry

Achievement

#poetry #learning #expectation

Salford 16th February

A piece on school visits

Three coaches rolled up in the car park

One blue, one black, one green

Passing auntie, the football and the shops

Traffic jams were no fun

Or Waiting for the man with the sign to

Pass go from stop

There were grumbles getting off the coach

Old Trafford exchanged for the war museum

Pupils listening to sir, bore on

The security …. more of the same, but

Out of a corner….a new name

Person from a new place….change of space

Tanks and planes…new things to see

Objects to touch….and all for free

People to tell tales of air land and sea

And your guide at the entrance is about the space

A person to turn to with a friendly face

Telling a tale of the car, plane and gun

Making your visit a bit more fun

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Character Life Memories Memory Poetry

What makes me

#Octpowrimo #Whoami

A notable thing is character

Being ones self

Creative experiences that

Define who you are

Even if its the only thing they’ll know you for

A few bumps and scratches along the way

Brain ops and chicken pox two little obstacles

Cerebral Palsy and “Juvenile arthritis” the other

Determination to walk and overcome the obstacles

Each medical “Expert” put in my path

A smile and friendly ear to all

Beavering away at a project or two

Crafting works with my camera (or pen and paper)

Delivering talks at a place of learning

Every week of the year

A keen reader, and audiobook listener

Bookshelves crammed with well known authors

Cricket shares space with Football (soccer) and Sci-Fi

Discworld stories and Tommy Cooper

Each book a page turner

A Family Album, now replaced by SD Cards

Brought to life by an electronic photo frame

Collated scribbles published by others

Don their own little space on the bookshelf as

Excited Spectators and Visitors are greeted by me

And memories of friends and family are all around

Behind individual knick-knacks sat in their spots

Commonwealth memories to

Days of academic achievement

Each one a little piece of the Jigsaw that makes me

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Acrostic Museums

Gratis

#Fowc #Gratis

Sunday 16th June 2016

Gratuities gratefully accepted, but

Really, the entrance is free

As you wonder around amongst

The artifacts, in the grand building you entered

In fact, by dropping a few pence in the box – you might

Save the costs of preserving the items you walk around

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Poetry

What’s Awesome?

#Fowc #Awesome

Salford 4th June 2019

If this reads a bit like a list – It’s not supposed to be!

Rainbow list of all my stuff that makes my life awesome!

Things I’ve done, Places I’ve seen

Being a cog as part of a much larger machine

Taking up writing as self – therapy

Helping out run some great events for free

Colourful Image of Imperial war museum in Old Trafford, Greater Manchester
Imperial war museum , Greater Manchester (with a splash of colour)

Greeting students at the museum door

Laying down tiles of a competition floor

Greek acropolis, Rhodes
Artwork of Greek Acropolis, Rhodes

Rising to heights of an ancient scene

Keeping a log of the places I’ve been

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Art Gallery Astronomy Museum Museums Photography

Shiny things

Salford 16th August 2017

taken by inky like a magpie in summer, and collated for your enjoyment in response to the daily post

Ooh, Shiny!

1. Diamond backed frog with two coins of the realm

2. The Moon, taken from a Salford Sky at Night

3. Plane in the test flight area of the RAF Museum at Cosford

4. Oldham Museum and Art Gallery – with its glass roof

5 .  Coins

6.  Pottery at Salford Museum and art Gallery

7.  Imperial War Museum North’s Metal “Shattered Earth” – Really Shiny on Summer days

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Life Nature Outdoors Parks Roman wall

Wondering….

In response to the prompt

Amble

My Home town has plenty of green space to go at…

Two canals, a river network that runs up northern tributaries to Lancashire, and south towards Cheshire

These canals and rivers meet up near the old dock at Salford Quays, formerly “Manchester Docks”, I walk that way when I either head for the tram bound for Eccles or when i’m on duty at the Northern Branch of the Imperial War Museum

 

Castlefieldbasin
Narrowboats at Castlefield’s Canal Basin – Part of the Canal Network

 

The Canal itself leads on through Manchester and other parts of the county.

The opportunities by the waterside have seen the waterways cleaned up and provide leisure for people all year round.  Narrow boats are a regular sight on the canal network, and moorings line the route all the way to the point where the Irwell and Mersey meet

 

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Roman Wall, at Castlefield, Manchester

Opposite the Canal Basin at Castlefield lie the Forum where open air events take place, The Museum of Science and Industry, with its Engines, Cars, and Aeroplanes and the Roman Wall, where the Roman Fort remains are in situ.

Iwm Waterside

 

 

Lowry
The Lowry in Salford – Topic of the poem “The Musical Place”

 

 

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Heritage Historical History Inspiration Monuments Museums

immerse yourself

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

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Arts IWM North Museum Museums Volunteering War

Fashion on the Ration

Salford 5th January 2017

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

This afternoon, I’ve been helping out at Imperial War Museum North just over the bridge from Salford, by the banks of the Manchester ship canal.

Regular readers will know I help out with the computers on the “Your History” information point and throughout the Main exhibition space.  Well, Today I’ve been directing visitors by the special gallery and giving assistance where necessary.

Clothes from Rationed Fabric.

The special gallery covers the time in British history where clothes were rationed, in order to preserve fuel and resources during war time.

As part of the exhibition – a special handling collection has been created, by some of the volunteers with help from the museum staff.  This is shown on our Information station, where volunteers and veterans talk about specific objects and the tales behind them.

Image result for ww2 utility clothing
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Heritage Historical History Places Poetry

Ancient

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!”