Slough Museum has a unique photographic and film collection, providing a rare and fascinating insight into Slough’s rich history. Funded by the Museum’s Association, the Effective Collections project has increased access to, engagement with, and awareness of this wonderful collection. Photographs from the collection were used to explore the past and spark reminiscences at Age Concern centres in Slough, students at The Langley Academy chose photographs to exhibit and interpret in their gallery and worked with the film collection (digitised by Wessex Film & Sound Archive) to create their own films, and the photographic collection was used in a contemporary photographic project with young people, ‘Back to the Future’. Please explore the pages to find out more…
Effective CollectionsPhotographs & Reminiscences The Langley Academy Exhibition & Films 'Back to the Future' Photographic Project
The Granada (1986.157.002)
'Saturday mornings at the Granada – we were 'Granadiers'! We used to shout hooray and boo at the westerns!'
I was a Granadear at the Saturday morning pictures - it was sixpence to get in.'
'I used to go to the Granada on Saturday mornings. The organ used to raise up from the floor and you didn't know where the sound was coming from'.
'The cinema in Cippenham looks smaller in the photograph than I remember. We always preferred going to the Granada'.
The Adelphi (1987.034.006)
'I remember going to the Granada and Adelphi and seeing some great films. Real acting, not jumping in and out of bed'.
'The pictures used to change once a week and the audience used to stand for the national anthem'.
The Adelphi (1991.016.040)
'Adelphi cinema had the Kinks come and play'.
'Nice to relive the old days; I remember when The Beatles came to the Adelphi.'
The Dolphin Hotel (1991.016.041)
'There were dancing lessons at 'The Dolphin' – half a crown a lesson!'
The Adelphi, dance floor at the top: (1987.034.007)
'All the cinemas had dancehalls on the 2nd floor and everyone went dancing on Saturday.' 'Saturday night dancing at the cinema was the highlight of the week'. 'Happy memories! I had my wedding reception there. It was 7 & 6 [7 shillings, 6 pence] a head! All the flowers were only the equivalent of £3.25!'
‘Franks’ Prudential Buildings (1991.016.003)
'I remember queuing at Franks for Nylons'.
''Franks' – we used to queue on a Saturday morning after the war for Nylons. We used to take it in turns to go to breakfast at the ABC so that we kept a place in the queue!''
Liptons, High Street (1991.016.012)
'I remember registering with Liptons for rations during the war'.
'When the war was on all they had in the sweet shop window was empty chocolate boxes!'
Central Hall (1991.016.057)
'different schools used to go there and sing'.
Cattle Market (1987.125.013)
'I used to go to Slough Technical School (now Herschel High) by the Cattle Market. It was alright except when they did the pigs, and you’d hear them squeal!'
Slough Trading Estate (1986.016.061)
'I worked 48 hours per week as a joiner, 42 hours during the winter'.
'I worked on the Slough Trading Estate making ice, because there were no fridges in shops'.
'I moved to Slough in 1954 and worked at Mars, on the Malteasers production line, for £58 per week. I couldn't afford a house; I spent too much money on the girls!'
'The Citroen factory used to be where the Mars factory is now'
'Langley Pond vanished'
'More families now'.
'Ledgers Road was named after the last highway man hung there'.
'You weren’t lonely then, you had a good life with friends all around you.'
'Everyone was fighting for houses in 1951-52. We got a house on Moreton Way, Cippenham. The builders finished on the Friday, we moved in on Saturday.'
Mackenzie Street (1992.168.012)
'Shame; Slough used to be really nice'.
Slough Underpass (1986.121.001)
'I'm happy that the horrible 1960s and 1970s concrete buildings are coming down. There used to be nicer buildings in Slough'.
The Langley Academy Exhibition and Films
We're students at The Langley Academy and members of the Museum Committee and have been taking part in the Effective Collections project. We visited Slough Museum and explored Slough’s history, and chose a few photographs for our project.
Our main themes for our pictures were architecture and clothing. We chose these themes because we felt that there subjects would show the most change in Slough. We also felt there was a contrast between these subjects. We then created labels for the pictures so they can be put up in our display at The Langley Academy.
We created our own videos showing ‘’old’’ Slough which we then edited. Also we created a sound track so our videos can be displayed. We chose the videos that were most funny or appealing for us and put our own ideas together to create artistic video. We really enjoyed working on the project and as a team.