PHM will be home to Hope, a life sized suffragette made of LEGO for the summer holidays!
Hope will pose for selfies in Manchester suffragette Hannah Mitchell’s kitchen in the museum’s main galleries – share your photos on Twitter @PHMMcr or Instagram @phmmcr using #HelloHope. Hope highlights the journey of ideas worth fighting for from Peterloo to votes for women; in the words of a fellow suffragette: ‘We helped you carry your banners at Peterloo. Now it is your turn to help us carry ours.’
Made using 32,327 individual LEGO bricks, the 1.7 metres tall model weighing in at 94.5kg was built for UK Parliament in 2018, to mark 100 years since the first women won the right to vote in Britain.
As part of the museum’s summer activities, there will be Duplo LEGO available every day to make your own suffragette or a model city of Manchester, and Busy Bee explorer packs filled with challenges to take younger visitors around the museum and find Hope.
On loan from the House of Commons.
Part of PHM’s year long programme exploring the past, present and future of protest, marking 200 years since the Peterloo Massacre; a major event in Manchester’s history, and a defining moment for Britain’s democracy.
Family Friendly display, suitable for all ages
Peterloo to the Pankhursts is a new free online course from People’s History Museum and Royal Holloway, University of London.
Exploring the history of radicalism and reform in the 19th century, the course will uncover a century long struggle for rights and representation, from the Peterloo Massacre 200 years ago to the first women winning the right to vote in Britain.
Supported by the History of Parliament Trust, Parliamentary Archives and The National Archives, Peterloo to the Pankhursts will offer learners the chance to see original artefacts and documents, some re-discovered in the making of the course; watch compelling historical testimony and speeches, some dramatised for the first time; and explore our democratic heritage with expert guidance from historians, archivists and curators.
No prior knowledge is required to take the course, which is open to all via FutureLearn from Monday 12 August 2019.
'Peterloo to the Pankhursts' is part of Royal Holloway’s Citizens project, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.