Saford Lads Club is open to vistors on Saturday 11am to 2pm.
The Smiths room is worth a visit.
The club is proud to dedicate a room to visiting fans of The Smiths
I have been before but I want to see the mosaic from Afflecks which is now there.
Have you been to any exhibition in the music colleges?
From Confidentials Manchester
is a feature about the city's hidden musical treasures stored in the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) on Oxford Street
The direct Smiths connections include Johnny Marr's Gretsch Super Axe guitar held there, and possibly, letters and lyrics. Some of those attending the Mozarmy event might know more. Maybe a collaboration could develop. Here's more of the text, also since put in the Strange, Unexpected Moz References thread:
"The archive was established around 20 years ago as an actual collection of service, but prior to that there were two music colleges in Manchester, The Royal Manchester College of Music founded in 1893 by Sir Charles Hallé, and The Northern School of Music founded in 1920 by Hilda Collins. These two schools came together in 1972 to form the RNCM and the archive came as a transferred asset.
Heather [Roberts, College Archivist] explained that “the collection was kept in the library as a special collection, but there was no functioning archive service...
...The RNCM archives are fascinating, and everything is all kept in one place, so it feels like it’s own curated exhibition. Heather adds that the archive is especially important as “it has all of these incredible stories to tell, and to have this kind of acknowledgement and appreciation for heritage and history from a non-heritage organisation is a dream as an archivist. It’s very cool”
With everything from handwritten letters to musical scores, bizarre instruments, and a fragment of Beethoven’s shroud, my tour around the library was a bit of a ‘pinch me’ moment...
...Ultimately, Manchester should have a music museum, and not just one adorned with black and yellow stripes and a massive mural of Ian Brown. One that tells the story of the city's musical narrative from start to finish...
...As Heather said “this ethos is such a Mancunian thing, and it carries all the way through to our politics and culture and the spirit of innovation that we’re famous for. It’s the same ethos that people like The Smiths and Oasis had, the same motivations were behind the rave movement for example, and Hallé toured like they did, brought music to the forefront of our identity, and enabled musical education to thrive in Manchester...'”