One of our favourite projects!

This incredible community photography archive is such a lovely example of how a local source of records can be so engaging and empowering to a community. The project is based on an archive of images from the 1950s and 60s, and is an amazing snapshot of all aspects of daily life from the time.

As a consequence of this, the memory book shows a huge response – hundreds of local residents have got in touch with the project to suggest changes, ask about whether others remember their own specific memories and much more.

At a glance...

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A beautiful new website for this amazing project.


Salford & Cheetham Hill in Focus

We did this in...

2015 - date


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We are a small team based in the community arts and heritage sector. We faced the daunting task of preserving and digitising a large glass plate photography collection of 12,000 images from the 1950s and 60s. All the images were to be uploaded to a website on a tight schedule, using appropriate collections management software. Initially, this seemed completely overwhelming for us. However, from our initial meeting with Mike at Thirty 8 Digital, we immediately knew that his knowledge and expertise in this particular sector was the correct choice for our project. From our initial brief, he efficiently guided us through each stage of website construction and the site was quickly uploaded on time and budget. The site is accessible and easily navigable. Also, the design work and branding is innovative and completely in keeping with the subject matter. It is very popular and has enabled our project to be widely showcased, locally, nationally and internationally. It has significantly increased our visitor numbers and our wide ranging target audiences. Mike has consistently been available to resolve any requests we have had in recent years. We would definitely work with Thirty 8 Digital again on any future heritage based projects.
— Martin Bush, Retracing Salford

What people say

  • Stefan Marianski, Digital Officer, Freud Museum, Freud Museum

    As a small organisation with limited in-house expertise, Thirty8 has been a lifeline for us. This is a friendly, down-to-earth agency that is deeply committed to helping arts & heritage organisations with their digital....

    Project: Freud Museum website and digital strategy

  • Niti Acharya, Hackney Museum Manager, Hackney Museum

    We had lots of ideas about what we wanted to do, but not about the specific steps required to make anything a reality – we use digital in our daily lives and learn most things on the job in the best way we can. Working with Mike at Thirty8Digital helped us crystallise what we wanted to achieve, why and how we would do it....

    Project: Hackney Museum Digital Engagement Strategy

  • Holly Bee, Education and Communications Manager, GEM, Group for Education in Museums

    Working with Thirty8 took our online presence forward years! They took the pain and anxiety out of redeveloping our website and cut the jargon to make it easy for us to sustain the site ongoing....

    Project: GEM website

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