Gagarin50 – The Exhibition

November 8, 2010 § 1 Comment

Gagarin50 celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the first human spaceflight by cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin on 12th April 1961 and his visit to Manchester and Trafford in July of that year.

The exhibition combines archive photography, fine art, video, Soviet space memorabilia and witness accounts to reveal and reflect on Gagarin as family man, cosmonaut and icon through archive photographs and rarely-seen artefacts from the extraordinary Cold War era in which he lived.

Bringing extra dimensions to the exhibition are specially-commissioned work from mural artist Walter Kershaw and a video installation by BlackLab. These sit alongside images from the RIA Novosti photo library and film footage of Gagarin in Manchester from NW Film Archive.


Yuri Gagarin by Walter Kershaw

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If you were there when Yuri Gagarin came to Manchester on 12th July 1961, then why not get in touch using the comments form on our ‘Witness‘ page? Your memories could even form part of the exhibition and its accompanying booklet.

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§ One Response to Gagarin50 – The Exhibition

  • Valerie Clarke says:

    As a pupil of Old Trafford Junior school members of my class lined up on Stretford Rd and stood for what seemed like ages waiting for the promised ‘spaceman’. We were issued with flags which we clutched tightly ready to wave at the passing motorcade. The seemingly huge black cars approached and I saw Yuri Gagarin standing up in the open topped car surrounded by equally imposing seated figures with crisp hats and serious faces. He smiled broadly and saluted as he passed and I was struck by how wide he looked in his broad shouldered military coat which was bright with brass and even in the dull light of a rainy Manchester day we children couldn’t escape the feeling of awe at the importance of this man who had orbited our planet. I recalled that day several years later when I stayed up all night to watch the first moon landing.

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