Supporting the Historic Environment – Silent Cargo

During the works for the new Manchester Metrolink Trafford Park Line, the existing “Silent Cargo” art installation on the Manchester Ship Canal was scheduled to be removed. Silent Cargo is a collection of old-style trade cast into concrete to represent the busy banks of Manchester during the industrial revolution. With no definitive plan in place for this installation it was due to be crushed and reused as site-won material.

Instead of this, the team on the Trafford Park Line Project tried to find a new home for the art installation where it would be appreciated and would fit in with the surroundings. Eventually the Lancashire based charity, The Red Rose Steam Society, supporting the restoration of the last standing headgear in the North West were delighted to accept the art installation.

The Lancashire Mining Museum based in Astley Green is a collection of Volunteers who are supporting the Restoration of the Astley Pit Headgear so that it can be enjoyed for years to come, in close proximity to the actual Headgear lies the Bridgewater Canal, which will become the new home of the Silent Cargo art installation which will become part of a visitor attraction for the Lancashire Mining Museum.

Moved by the Manchester Metrolink Team to the Mining Museum the art installation arrived in several loads and will move to it’s new home on the banks of the Bridgewater Canal as site restoration continues.

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Entry submitted by Laing O'Rourke


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