Current members

The following societies are current members of the Salford Local History Forum. Please contact webmaster@salfordforum.uk to update any information.

Age UK (Salford)
Age UK (Salford) has a Local History Group and members have a good knowledge of local history, particularly in the Swinton, Pendlebury and Clifton areas.
Agecroft Chapel Restoration Group
(Information awaited)
Eccles and DIstrict History Society
http://edhs.btck.co.uk/
Contact: eccleshistory@yahoo.co.uk
The Eccles & District History Society meets monthly at Alexandra House, Liverpool Road, Peel Green, Eccles M30 7HB, where guest speakers are invited to give talks and presentations on a wide range of topics relating to both local and national history.
The first meeting of the Society was held at Eccles Library on 1st February, 1956. Since then, the Society has promoted local history through its regular meetings.
Excursions, guided walks and visits to places of interest are also arranged. The season of talks runs from September to May. The annual membership fee is £18 and the visitor’s fee is £3.00 per meeting.
Friends of Eccles Station
http://freccles.org.uk/
Contact: Email: info@freccles.org.uk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FRECCLES/
FRECCLES was established on 15th September 2005, the 175th anniversary of the opening of the world’s first main line passenger railway between Manchester and Liverpool through Eccles on 15th September 1830.
We are all volunteers and are working in partnership with ACoRP, TfGM, Salford City Council, Northern Rail and Network Rail. We aim to improve the environment and passenger services at Eccles Station and the immediate surrounding area and to put the station back into the heart of the community.
We welcome anyone interested in helping.
Friends of Patricroft Station
http://frops.org
Contact: friendsofpatricroftstation@googlemail.com
Twitter: @PatricroftFROPS
Friends of Patricroft Station (FrOPS) is a community organisation dedicated to the improvement of the railway station at Patricroft. We aim to promote the use of Patricroft station with the intention of providing future service improvements. FrOPS is working to improve the station, by: clearing paths leading to the station, tidying the station platform areas, looking after garden areas on the station platforms, and working towards improving station use.
We always welcome volunteers.
FRECCLES and FroPS Art & Heritage Group
The Eccles area has a rich history and members of FRECCLES and FroPS have formed a joint art and heritage group who have worked to provide historical and artistic displays at both stations. We regularly work with local schools, colleges and artists to produce these displays.
We also provide historical displays at local events. Main projects have been based on transport such as the Liverpool & Manchester Railway, Bridgewater Canal and Manchester Ship Canal., although we have done projects on the wider industrial and social history of the area.
We try to pick an appropriate anniversary each year to focus on. In the course of this work we have built up an extensive local history archive and expertise with our members which we are happy to share.
Friends of Salford Cemetries Trust
The Friends of Salford Cemeteries Trust is managed by a group of people with the common objective of improving Salford Cemeteries. Some of our aims are: to promote, for the public benefit, the respectful use of cemeteries as burial grounds and as places of historic and ecological interest.
Friends of Salford Museums’ Association
http://fSMA.uk
Contact: enquiries@FSMA.uk
Promotes, supports and assists the improvement of Salford’s Museums in cooperation with their managements and staff. The Association arranges talks and visits to other museums and provides previews of exhibitions.
Irlan and Cadishead Local History Society

Contact: ianclocalhistory@gmail.com
We hold meetings on the third Wednesday of the month at Hamilton Davies House, Cadishead 7.30-9.00pm.
We support local schools and youth groups with any local history enquiries or projects they undertake. We also hold exhibitions promoting ourselves and other groups in the district.
We are always on the lookout for any old photos, especially school or team photos or any of local streets or local events from the 1960’s onwards. We are currently working with Irlam Station Local History Museum to provide an education centre for use with local schools.
If you are interested in coming to our monthly meetings, or would like to get more involved in any of our projects either turn up at one of our meetings or contact ianclocalhistory@gmail.com
Irwell Valley Mining Project
http://ivmp.org.uk
The Irwell Valley Mining Project commenced in 2012 when a small group of individuals with an interest in mining got together to raise awareness of the Salford’s historical coal mining. industry. We work with schools, organisations and members of the community to increase knowledge of our mining heritage by performing exhibitions, talks and provide information packs.
In 2013 we secured funding from the National Lottery to erect a monument at the former entrance to Agecroft Colliery. It is our intention to erect a monument for each colliery in the Irwell Valley.
We are a not for profit organisation and work voluntarily. Funding or donations that we receive are used to provide a better educational experience and commemorate each of the former collieries.
Manchester Historic Building Trust
(Elizabeth Gaskell House)

We aim to bring the Gaskell home to life as a part of Manchester’s community by;
– Protecting and promoting the literary and cultural heritage of the House and its visitors
– Celebrating the life and literature of Elizabeth Gaskell and her relevance today
– Valuing and promoting the Gaskell family’s role in the history of Manchester and Ardwick
– Being an educational and intellectual Hub, a place of learning and discovery
– Supporting local groups, residents and schools to use and value the House and its heritage
The Trust also has schemes in place for working with children from Early Years to KS2. 
Manchester & Lancashire Family History Society
The Society was formed in 1964 and is now one of the largest family history societies in the world. Although the Society is united by a common interest in Genealogy and Family History, members also pursue interests in closely related fields. Many are also local historians, whilst others share an interest in the application of computers to genealogy.
The member who attends the Forum has a particular interest, and has done several years research, into Salford Workhouse which was on Eccles New Road, particularly following children who had been at the workhouse and then moved on.
Manchester Region Industrial Archaeology Society
http://mrias.co.uk
Contact: Gordon Browne Tel: 0161 445 9124
Founded in 1964 the society exists to record and publicise the industrial history and buildings of the Greater Manchester area. Monthly talks are arranged at the Castlefield Hotel in Manchester, with walks and visits in the summer. An archive of 173 archaeological reports by members and others is housed at Chethams Library and available for use by students and bona fide researchers.
Salford Archaeology and History Society

Contact: SalfordArchaeologyandHistorySociety@outlook.com
Salford Archaeology and History society’ on Facebook
The Salford Archaeology and History Society combines practical archaeology with local history. During the summer months the group undertakes digs and in the winter months meetings, talks and lab-based activities are organised. We meet on the 2nd Tuesday of the month between November and March and the 2nd Saturday between April and October. All events are free for members and £3 for non-members
Salford Local History Society
Meets monthly and has speakers on aspects of local history.
Salford Streets Project
The Forum member has worked on a series of maps of old streets in Salford.
Salford TUC
(Information awaited)
Salford U3A Local History Group
https://salfordu3a.com/groups/eccles-local-history/
The main focus of the group is nineteenth and early twentieth century history of the Salford and Manchester region.
Existing publications researched and published by the Group are:
1. ‘Church Street Eccles’ by Helen Whickham and other group members.
2. ‘A walk around Barton’ by Doreen and Eddie Rowbotham.
3. ‘Industrial History of Eccles’ by Ronald Britton
4. ‘A Chronological History of Eccles’ by Doreen Rowbottom
5. ‘Treasures of Eccles, Past and Present’ by Doreen Rowbottom
6. ‘Pendleton: the Rise and Fall of a Northern Township’ by Don Lingard.
7. ‘A Brief History of Travel in Eccles, Barton and Patricroft since 1628’ by Mark Child
There is also a recent survey of Salford Mills.
Swinton and Pendlebury Local History Society

Contact: Jean Appleby 0161 794 4570.
We are a Swinton based group, meeting at Fletcher Hall, Vicarage Road, fortnightly on a Monday morning from 10 am until 11.30 ish. Our meetings start in September and go through until June when we break for the summer. Our aim is to try and obtain interesting speakers with some very popular regulars.
We are friendly and welcome newcomers. We have a trip out in April, a Christmas quiz in December and a meal in January.
The Peel Group
(Information awaited)
University of Salford Archives
http://www.salford.ac.uk/library/archives
Contact: library-archives@salford.ac.uk
The University Archives and Special Collections holds 28 collections of rare and unique material relating to late nineteenth and early twentieth-century literary, political and social history. Key collections for the Salford area include:
– Bridgewater Estates Archive (Ref: BEA)
– Duke of Bridgewater Archive (Ref: DBA)
– Walter Greenwood Collection (Ref: WGC)
– Salford Grammar School (Ref: SGS)
– Robert Roberts: A Ragged Schooling manuscript (Ref: RRT
– Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway (Ref: LAN)
The collections are used to support academic research, teaching and learning, while also being of wider interest to local historians, genealogists and anyone with an interest in historical research. We are also the keepers of material relating to the history of the University, from its foundations in 1896 up to the present day.
University of Salford for Applied Archaeology
(Information awaited)
Working Class Movement Library
http://wcml.org.uk
The Working Class Movement Library is a treasure trove with records of over 200 years of organising and campaigning by ordinary men and women.
Worsley Civic Trust
http://worsleycivictrust.org
Contact: info@worsleycivictrust.org
The Society pursues and encourages everyone in the care and preservation, development and improvement of general public amenity and in the environmental management of the use and re-use of land as it is a scarce resource. We pursue these objectives by means of meetings, exhibitions, lectures, publications and other schemes of a charitable nature. For many years Worsley Civic Trust has had a very good working relationship with the City of Salford Council and we are consulted about most planning, conservation, traffic and environmental matters concerning the area.
The committee meets monthly and is always keen to welcome new members.