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Calling all families…Banner Bingo launches at People’s History Museum

23 March 2022

Family Friendly fun - launching for Easter holidays - 7 days opening

Visitors playing Banner Bingo at People's History MuseumPeople’s History Museum (PHM) is planning some Easter holiday’s fun for families, with its brand new Banner Bingo activity.  The traditional call for Bingo might be ‘house’, but this Family Friendly version of the game is all about exploring a ‘museum’.  And instead of numbers being called out, the focus of the quest is the different images featured in banners found throughout the two main galleries and the new 2022 Banner Exhibition.

There are 26 banners in the exhibition, which are situated amongst the displays in the main galleries that tell the stories of those in the past and present who have fought for rights and representation.  The banners themselves with their bright colours and strong designs aren’t hard to spot, but it will take the eagle-eyed to identify the different Banner Bingo images; the world, a skeleton, the peace sign and a lion are just some of the objects included. Complete a line and shout out ‘bingo’, fill the complete card and declare ‘house’.

And when you’ve finished the game, you could visit Open Kitchen Cafe & Bar for a ‘cup of tea’ (number 3 in bingo lingo) or head to ‘top of the shop’ (otherwise known as number 90) for some inspiration of the retail variety in PHM shop.

Visitors can collect their Banner Bingo card from the Info Desk when they arrive at People’s History Museum from one of the Visitor Experience team and for everyone that takes part this is also where they can collect a small prize at the end. There are two versions depending on the challenge you are looking for, and with younger visitors also in mind.  This is a free activity that forms part of the Family Friendly experience at People’s History Museum; interactives from video games to dress up, and a Passport Trail are all part of a visit.

All the banners featured in the exhibition are focused around groundbreaking moments of protest; some have been on marches and some have been created to remember famous protests or rights still being fought for. They are hung besides some of the treasures in PHM’s banner collection that are on permanent display, including the 200 year old Tin Plate Workers Society banner; the oldest in what is recognised as the world’s largest collection of political and trade union banners in the world.  From the historical to the contemporary banners take you on a powerful journey, with lots to see and be inspired by.

People’s History Museum’s opening hours are Wednesday to Sunday, from 10.00am to 4.00pm, but for the weeks commencing 4, 11 and 18 April 2022 it will be open seven days a week.  The museum and its exhibitions are free to visit with a suggested donation of £5.  Open Kitchen Cafe & Bar is open each day from 8am serving breakfast though to lunch, delicious snacks throughout the day and lots of Family Friendly choices.  To find out about visiting the museum, its full exhibitions and events programme based both at the museum and online visit, and you can keep up to date with the latest news by signing up to receive PHM’s e-newsletter, subscribing to the blog, or following the museum on social media on Twitter @PHMMcr, Facebook @PHMMcr, and Instagram @phmmcr.


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About People’s History Museum (PHM)
People’s History Museum (PHM) in Manchester is the national museum of democracy, telling the story of its development in Britain: past, present, and future.  The museum provides opportunities for all people to learn about, be inspired by and get involved in ideas worth fighting for; ideas such as equality, social justice, co-operation, and a fair world for all.  PHM offers a powerful programme with varied themes; 2018 looked at representation and commemorated 100 years since the first women and all men won the right to vote in Britain, in 2019 the focus was on protest to mark the bicentenary of the Peterloo Massacre in Manchester, the 2020-2021 programme is on the theme of migration and 2022 will explore disabled people’s rights and activism.  Previous winner of Kids in Museums Family Friendly Museum Award.


About Arts Council England (ACE)
PHM is an Arts Council England (ACE) National Portfolio Organisation (NPO).  The work of PHM is supported using public funding by ACE, the national development body for arts and culture across England, working to enrich people’s lives.  ACE support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to visual art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections.  Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us.  In short, it makes life better.  Between 2018 and 2022, ACE will invest £1.45 billion of public money from government and an estimated £860 million from The National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.

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