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Discover the art of zines at People’s History Museum

12 August 2022

Over Here Zine Fest at People's History Museum

Over Here Zine Fest 2022 is taking over People’s History Museum on Saturday 20 August for a full day of zine making, creating and exploring for young people.  Zines are a fantastic way to communicate your message, share a campaign, express yourself, or be the creative force that you want them to be and the national museum of democracy is the perfect backdrop to inspire your endeavours.

Pop up stalls will be sharing ideas from 10.00am to 4.00pm and from 11.00am to 3.00pm a zine drop in session will be taking place in the Engine Hall, which has plenty of space to welcome along lots of participants to enjoy the activity.  This will give you the opportunity to create your own one page zine and is suitable for any ages, with all the materials provided.

From 11.00am to 12.00pm you can join Green Jay Crafts and try out block printing to produce your own postcard design. This will take you through the whole process; from drawing your design, to carving it onto lino, to rolling it out on ink to revealing the final piece of artwork.  The session is suitable for all ages, but under 8s need adult supervision.

Poetry is a powerful way to express yourself and helping you find your way around the words to inspire your thoughts is poet Radhaika Kapur who will be running a poetry workshop that’s hopeful in spirit and with a climate change thread running through it.  Brought to you by Commonword Cultureword it will take place from 11.30am to 12.30pm and is suitable for ages 8+.

Then it’s all about the symbolism of names when, from 2.00pm to 3.00pm, artist Sharonjit Kaur Sutton invites everyone to participate in a chat about what your name means, where has it come from and why does it matter.  It’s a conversation that begins with Sharonjit’s own story: His Name’s Not Charlie is about her granddad (Ranjinder Singh Gill) who migrated from Kenya to London in the 1970s and was given the name ‘Charlie’ by his British friends and colleagues.  This session is suitable for all ages.

Over Here Zine Fest 2022 is organised by a group of Black / Asian / POC / BAME working class artists and activists from the north of England and aims to encourage new voices, collaboration, reclaiming of stories and to make information and art accessible for communities.  The day’s events are free, with a suggested donation of £5 for visitors to the museum.  Other Family Friendly activities taking place at People’s History Museum include Banner Bingo and a Passport Trail, which bring to life some of the exhibitions and exhibits currently on display.

If you are spending the day at the museum you might want to combine a visit to Open Kitchen Cafe & Bar at PHM; where the focus is on delicious fresh locally sourced food.  The Kids Meal Deal includes a sandwich, organic juice carton and small portion of cake for £3.  There is also a dedicated picnic space in the museum’s Processional Way for families that want to bring their own lunch or snacks.

People’s History Museum’s opening hours are Monday to Sunday, from 10.00am to 5.00pm during the school summer holidays.  The museum and its exhibitions are free to visit with a suggested donation of £5. To find out more visit, and keep up to date with the latest news by signing up to receive PHM’s e-newsletter, read the blog, or following the museum on social media on Twitter @PHMMcr, Facebook @PHMMcr, and Instagram @phmmcr.



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People’s History Museum
People’s History Museum (PHM) in Manchester is the national museum of democracy. It shares stories about the struggle for equity and equality, celebrates radical history and provides space to explore contemporary issues through marginalised voices. PHM’s vision is of a fairer society where people’s voices and actions make a difference and its mission is to encourage people to care more about community and society, to speak up and take a stand on the issues that matter to them.

PHM is more than a museum about campaigning; it is a museum that campaigns, using its voice to encourage people to take action to bring about positive change.

PHM offers a powerful programme that it co-creates with communities with lived experience; 2018 looked at representation and commemorated 100 years since some 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 explored the theme of migration and beginning in 2022 disabled people’s rights and activism is the headline theme.

Key funders
PHM is incredibly grateful for the support of all its funders and stakeholders. 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. PHM is funded by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) Culture Fund, supporting organisations to provide cultural activity and to work with, and in communities, across Greater Manchester.

Previous winner of Kids in Museums Family Friendly Museum Award. One of the 2020-1 winners of the Activist Museum Award. Shortlisted as Art Fund Museum of the Year 2022.

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Over Here Zine Fest
Over Here Zine Fest is organised by a group of POC / Black / Asian / BAME working class artists and activists from the North of England, to build self-sustaining alternative models for publishing, art, activism and collaboration in our communities.

Our work draws on long history of zines, political pamphlets and DIY practice made by people excluded from the mainstream. We do this to lift up new voices, encourage collaboration, reclaim our own stories, and to make information and art accessible for our communities


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