Sound Walks

Explore an interactive sound map of Manchester & Salford cinematic history curated by Kirsty Jukes, Hub Rights Officer for Unlocking our Sound Heritage Project in association with North West Sound Heritage, North West Film Archive and the British Library.

Hear evocative recollections of the many flea pits and picture houses in these two cities. Now hidden in plain sight, this walk consists entirely of cinemas long since closed to the public ensuring memories of screenings past are kept alive for future generations.

This tour is suitable for listening whilst walking the route or can be enjoyed in its entirety from the comfort of your own home via the free Echoes app (available on the App Store or Google Play). Time to complete walk in person – 60-90 mins approx.

Accessibility – Although Manchester is well paved and signposted, the walk will take the participant from one side of town to the other. This may not be suitable for those with motor or visual impairments. However, the walk is designed so that it can be completed from home as a virtual experience.

To experience the walk in person, download the app and either tap on ‘Stream walk’ or the download button (↓). Use the download option if you want to avoid using mobile data. The walk will then open in autoplay mode – the sound clips will trigger when you enter the circles on the map.

To experience the walk remotely, download the app and either tap on ‘Stream walk’ or the download button (↓). Then click the menu button (≡) at the top right of the map. Then slide the ‘Autoplay’ button at the top to the left to switch it off. Now you can navigate around the map or list and play the sounds.

This QR code will take your phone to the sound walk – happy listening!