Tuesday, 13 March 2012
I've said it before.... I feel so fortunate to live close to Salts Mill. I can't think of anything nicer, especially on a chilly winter's day, than to spend an hour or so browsing the art and photography books in the 1853 Gallery. The Gallery itself, though it's a huge space, feels quite cosy and intimate, helped by the lighting and the colours, the gentle music and the warm scent of lilies. My idea of heaven.... I wish I could tele-transport you there for a while. My photo will have to do the job!
The sharp-eyed among you will have noticed the unusual book-stand. It's an old weighing machine, a legacy of the mill's history as a textile works. It was made by Day and Millward, a Birmingham firm. They won an award at the Great Exhibition in 1851 in "Section G: Weighing, Measuring and Registering Machines for Commercial and not for Philosophical Purposes"... ???
Advance notice of more festivities in Saltaire (we like them a lot!):
World Heritage Site Weekend - 20-22 April 2012 - with lots of activities planned around Roberts Park and the canal, and items from the Saltaire archive on show.
Saltaire Arts Trail - 5-7 May 2012 - see their website for details.
Saltaire Festival - 6-16 September 2012 - see website for more information.