Ann Monaghan passed away on Saturday, 26 February, 2011. Ann had had a long and courageous battle with cancer, but this did not stop her from continuing her deep commitment to local history.

    Ann was the author of a number of local titles, including Walkden, A Glimpse of the Past (City of Salford, 1993); Old Worsley and Little Hulton Revisited(City of Salford, 1996); Give My Regards to Broad Street, the Crescent and Chapel Street(City of Salford, 2002); and The Halls of Little Hulton...and their Ghosts (Little Hulton One Stop Shop, 2006).

    From school Ann started work in the local library service, working at various libraries across the city, and continued as Community Librarian at Walkden until 1999, when she became LifeTimes Officer for Salford's Heritage service.

    She was forced to retire through ill health in 2008.

    Ann's contribution to local history in the city has been immense. As well as her publications, she did a great deal to collect and organise material for what was to become the Walkden Heritage Unit(now housed in Salford Local History Library).

    Ann arranged for the production and publication of many smaller publications that would never had seen the light of day otherwise. Worthy publications such as The Story of Worsley Green by John Aldred are by their very nature of particularly local appeal, with a smaller demand than is of interest to commercial publshers. Thanks to Ann such local publications were produced and serve to enrich our store of local knowledge.

    Ann pioneered much of the work of Salford's LifeTimes, 'bringing Salford's story to life ' being the strapline for this new development. One of Ann's great talents was just this- she was able to bring history to life in way which engaged both young and old alike. She had the talent for telling a story in clear and entertaining way, which meant that she was always in demand as a speaker to local groups and at local schools.

    She led many reminiscence groups, helped set up local history societies in Boothstown, Swinton and Walkden; regularly led guided walks, following history trails that she herself had researched and planned;
    and gave talks and slide shows to a wide range of local groups and organisations as well as to local schools.

    As well as local history Ann had a number of interests, including gardening, reading, music, cookery, photography and travel. She was an avid reader and particularly enjoyed crime fiction, travel writing and biography.

    Ann was an inspiration to all of us who knew her, through her warmth, friendliness and wonderful sense of humour.

    She will be greatly missed.