How have you protested? We want your objects

Manchester Pride, 25 August 2018. Photo © The Proud Trust. The Past, Present + Future of Protest @ People's History Museum
27 April 2019, Have Your Say @ People's History Museum. Conservative Party Conference protest, Manchester, 2015 © GMCDP
5 April - 5 May 2019, Nothing About Us Without Us exhibition @ People's History Museum. Disabled People Against Cuts protest, Manchester, 2017
23 March 2019 to 23 Feb 2020, Protest Lab objects in Disrupt Peterloo and Protest exhibition © People's History Museum

How have you protested?  We want your objects

Attending organised marches isn’t the only way to protest.  From refusing to use plastic bags to sharing something online, many of us protest on a daily basis, finding small but effective ways to stand up for what we believe in.  People’s History Museum (PHM) would like people to add their own objects to a new exhibition that tell a story about protest.

2019 marks 200 years since the Peterloo Massacre, a major event in Manchester’s history, and a defining moment for Britain’s democracy.  To commemorate this monumental anniversary, PHM are exploring the past, present and future of protest.

Opening on Saturday 23 March 2019, the museum’s headline exhibition Disrupt? Peterloo and Protest forms part of the national bicentenary commemorations and tells the story of the Manchester massacre, highlighting its relevance today, examining issues within our democracy that people are campaigning for 200 years on.

The exhibition features objects, including original Peterloo artefacts, brought together for the very first time, alongside pieces telling more recent stories of protest.  A short film commissioned especially for the exhibition brings to life the story of Peterloo, protest, and the road to democratic reform.23 March 2019 - 23 February 2020, Protest Lab, in Disrupt? Peterloo and Protest exhibition @ People's History Museum

A creative space within the exhibition is a Protest Lab; an experimental gallery for individuals, communities and organisations to use to share and develop their views and ideas for collective action.

As part of Protest Lab we are asking people to add their own objects that tell a story about protest to the exhibition.  These could range from traditional items such as placards and badges from a protest march, or everyday objects that tell a personal story of protest.

If you have an object that you think is relevant, there will be drop off days from March to September 2019 at PHM when you can come in with your objects and meet a member of staff – see the dates below.

If you are unable to come in to the museum in person and/or would like to talk further to a member of the Programme Team, please do not hesitate to contact us on or 0161 838 9190.

Drop off days:

  • Saturday 23 March 2019: 11.00am – 2.00pm
  • Thursday 11 April, 2019: 4.00pm – 7.00pm
  • Saturday 27 April 2019 11.00am – 2.00pm
  • Thursday 9 May 2019: 4.00pm – 7.00pm
  • Saturday 25 May 2019: 11.00am – 2.00pm
  • Thursday 13 June 2019: 4.00pm – 7.00pm
  • Saturday 29 June 2019: 11.00am – 2.00pm
  • Thursday 11 July 2019: 4.00pm – 7.00pm
  • Saturday 27 July 2019: 11.00am – 2.00pm
  • Thursday 8 August, 2019: 4.00pm – 7.00pm
  • Saturday 24 August 2019: 11.00am – 2.00pm
  • Thursday 12 September 2019: 4.00pm – 7.00pm


Disrupt? Peterloo and Protest exhibition is on display from Saturday 23 March 2019 to Sunday 23 February 2020.