Imperial War Musuem North
I recently nipped down to Salford Quays on the outskirts of Manchester with Andy Rouse to take advantage of the unusually still and clear nights we have been having. The place is a reflection dream, and many of the buildings have been lit with multi-coloured lights which makes the structures really stand out. This is one of the more sombre of the buildings and was designed by architect Daniel Libeskind, and is meant to portray a world shattered by war. The water to the foreground is actually Manchester Ship Canal, which has been much cleaned up over the past 40 years.
Salford Quays was originally Salford Docks, and part of the Port of Manchester, and a port 40 miles inland. It was linked to the sea by the Manchester Ship Canal. It was opened in 1894 by Queen Victoria. At its height, it was the third busiest port in the UK, but increasing containerisation and ship sizes caused the decline of the port through the late 1960s and 1970s. It closed its doors in 1982 with the loss of 3000 jobs. After this, it became one of the first, and largest urban regeneration projects in the UK and work is still going on in this area. The transformation since the mid-1980s has been immense.