Salford Museum and Art Gallery has been forced to delay its post-lockdown reopening following a huge hail storm which flooded part of the building

Bosses say the storm at the end of last week caused no damage to the gallery's treasured collections, but carpets have been removed as the pockets of the building are now drying out.

It had been due to reopen on Saturday May 29, but a message on the gallery's website said it would have to be delayed.

"We're planning how and when we are able to open our doors and welcome you back," it said.

The delay means visitors will have to wait to see an exhibition of 100 photographs taken by local lad George Shepherd around Salford in the 1960s which was due to relaunch the attraction

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The museum also includes Lark Hill Place, a re-creation of a typical Victorian street, built using shop fronts that were saved and restored in 1957 when many shops and houses in central Salford were being demolished to make way for new developments.

Meanwhile, our LifeTimes Gallery tells the fascinating story of Salford over the last 200 years, focusing on real people and real events.

History enthusiasts of are also invited to do their own research and delve into the archives at the Local History Library.

There is also a world famous collection of Pilkington’s pottery and jewellery, ceramics, textiles, prints and cards can be bought from local designer-makers in our By Hand Gallery.

The Grade II-listed attraction in Peel Park opened to the public in November 1850 as the Royal Museum and Public Library.

It formerly displayed the works of Salford great L S Lowry until they were transferred to The Lowry at Salford Quays.