Recording Our Building

The bricks, mortar, wood, stone, steel, lime, glass and memories of our mill building have inspired a wide range of work – from detailed architectural analysis of our Grade II listed structure, to sound recordings, new methods for the shared ownership of art, collaborative textile commissions, films, and fantastic student projects. Click on the images or the text links on this page to explore some of these creations that record this special building we call home.



Industry to Art
Short film by IMPATV documenting the changing uses of the mill, with a special focus on the 5th floor, including live music and fantastic guest participants.

Collaborative audio-visual work by Synda Sova and Fragile X produced in response to the lime materials used in the construction of the mill.

Temporary Custodians
Maurice Carlin’s visual recording of the original floor of the mill’s fifth floor formed a snapshot of the building, a fundraising project, and an experiment in new kinds of shared art ownership.

Hidden Threads
Collaboration with Manchester School of Architecture and BB Heritage Studio, mapping the entangled histories of the rapid expansion and decline of mills in Salford.

The Gazeteer
Salford Archaeology document, detailing features of heritage significance on the fifth and sixth floors of Islington Mill.

Islington Mill external fly-through
Drone footage captured by Salford Archaeology of the exterior of Islington Mill.

Ritual Movement by Mon Salai
Audio-visual work by digital queer art collective Mon Salai based on the fourth floor of the mill, comprising music-video-choreography-lyrics, reflecting on the changes of dynamic, power and ownership at the mill as the building transforms.