Throughout the World War One Centenary, we'll be showcasing a range of unique and fascinating artefacts from the period. Together they help share the story of what the war meant to the city of Salford and the people who played their part.

Many of these artefacts have been donated by Salfordians and are a range of personal items, each with their own story attached to them.

If you have a World War One artefact you'd like us to highlight, then please email us at with a photograph and a description of the item and we'll add to the site.

Carved bone vase

These bone vases were carved by William Alber during his internment in World War One.

The majority of internees were German and Austrian men who had lived and worked in Britain for several years.  Now thought of as potential spies they were kept in camps for the duration of the war.  Artwork like this provided ‘mementoes’ for the internees and a way to relieve the boredom of being shut away.  They are probably made from cattle bones from the camp kitchen.

The vases can be seen in our World War One exhibition that was on display at Salford Museum & Art Gallery from 15 March 2014 to 6 March 2016.

Previous highlighted artefacts