There are 24 stainless steel plaques set into the walkway, installed in 1994 to commemorate the 100 years of the opening of the Manchester Ship Canal.
They are the work of poet SuAndi and local people who contributed their thoughts and memories. Each tells the history of Salford docks and the surrounding area, giving us images of local characters, of the men who dug the canal and the hardships they endured, and also of the losses suffered by merchant seaman during wartime (see Centenary Walkway plaques at Salford Quays).
Exploring the Quays. For anyone who has more time to spend at the Quays, there are a lot of things to interest visitors. Taking in Old Trafford as well as the Quays, there is the Black History Trail: see Acts of Achievement: Salford and Old Trafford Black History Trail.
Staying in the immediate area, you can explore the history and life of the Quays if you follow some of the trails set out online – for example:
The Lowry Centre. The Lowry itself contains not only its art collection but other displays: at the moment (until 25 April 2015) the Casa Tomada exhibition – a thousand giant ants made from the cast of human skulls, an art installation by the Columbian sculptor, Rafael Gómezbarros.
The Imperial War Museum. It is also hugely worth visiting the Imperial War Museum – IWM North. Their main Exhibition Space takes visitors through a timeline of wars Britain and the Commonwealth have been involved in from the First World War to the present day, helping to illuminate the experiences that are described in the Centenary Walkway plaques.