Back in 1884, Thomas Horsfall opened the Ancoats Art Museum to improve the lives of the poor people who lived in the area. He filled his space with art and sculpture, held music recitals and public lectures, and even housed live birds there in an attempt to connect people living in the surrounding slums to art, nature and beauty.
It was a very early take on what we now refer to as wellbeing, so Thomas Horsfall was way ahead of his time.
42nd Street took inspiration from Thomas Horsfall and renovated and re-opening our 18th century building in 2016. Since then it has been a home to exhibitions by new and established artists, performances, pop-up shops, special events and much more.