People's History Museum Blog

PHM is the national museum of democracy, telling the story of its development in Britain: past, present, and future. On this blog we share behind the scenes stories, coverage of our exhibitions, events, Learning Programme and highlights from our unique collection.

Posts tagged 'Banners'

19 Jan 2019 to 5 Jan 2020, 2019 Banner Display @ People's History Museum

Conserving the Cardinal: preparing banners for display

17 September 2019


At our museum we are incredibly lucky to house the world’s largest collection of trade union and political banners. In this month’s blog, our Conservator, Jenny van Enckevort explains the painstaking work it took to prepare one of our largest for our 2019 Banner Display.



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Happy and Proud project banners and bags, designed and made by project participants on display at Burnley Mechanics and the National Trust’s Gawthorpe Hall ©Participation Works NW

Marion Wallace Dunlop: History inspires success in Burnley

5 July 2019


#OnThisDay in 1909 suffragette Marion Wallace Dunlop went on hunger strike whilst imprisoned for militancy.  She became one of the first and most well known to do so and her tactics were to inspire the likes of Ghandi.  

We asked Lynne Blackburn, Director & Project Manager at Participation Works NW to share a recent project which saw a group of girls from Burnley inspired for their futures by struggles that women in the past faced.



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From left to right: Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Amalgamated Society of Watermen and Lightermen & Withington Against the Poll Tax banners @ People's History Museum

2019 Banner Display: A newfound respect for the visual

7 February 2019


PHM’s 2019 banner display has been carefully curated to reflect key moments of protest in Greater Manchester and across Britain, representing a mix of creatively disobedient ideas and actions along the road to democratic reform, from the Peterloo Massacre in Manchester in 1819 to today.

We asked historian and Head Writer Peter Morgan, from our friends at The Radical Tea Towel Company to review our new display of banners.



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National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) Achinleck Branch banner, The Conservation Studio @ People's History Museum

Solemn reflections for Armistice Day

9 November 2018


Jenny van Enckevort, Conservation Manager at People’s History Museum, discussing a banner she is currently working on.

To mark Armistice Day Jenny reflects on the tragic family story behind a banner she is currently working on in The Conservation Studio at the People’s History Museum (PHM).



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