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Families, Make Your Mark!

22 May 2019

Families, Make Your Mark!

Summer holiday activities at People’s History Museum

Make your Mark workshops every Wednesday in the Manchester school holidays @ People's History Museum

Throughout 2019 People’s History Museum is inviting visitors to explore the past, present and future of protest, which in the summer holidays includes lots of Family Friendly fun!  Taking place each Wednesday (24 July to 28 August 2019), a series of workshops introduces different print techniques, giving an opportunity to think creatively about peaceful protest.  Also opening its doors throughout the Manchester  school holidays is the Doodle Den; a relaxed space to spend time taking part in a spot of scribbling or sketching and keep your eye out for opportunities to take part in playful protests throughout the building!

Make Your Mark – print making workshops

Making a cardboard printing plate, assembling a colourful collage, using household items to think about recycling, working with metal; these are just some of the activities that families will get involved with.  During each session there will be a chance to create a print piece that can be taken home.  People’s History Museum’s creative team and guest artists, including Pui Lee and jewellery designer Ambrin, will lead the sessions.

The Make Your Mark workshops take place every Wednesday from 24 July to 28 August 2019 (1.00pm to 3.00pm).  These are run as drop ins, where attendees pay what they feel at the event.

Wednesday 24 July             Make Your Mark: with drypoint print

Wednesday 31 July              Make Your Mark: with collagraphy print

Wednesday 7 August           Make Your Mark: with recycled print

Wednesday 14 August         Make Your Mark: with protest coin print

Wednesday 21 August         Make Your Mark: with screen-print

Wednesday 28 August         Make Your Mark: with sun print

Doodle Den – playful protests

The Doodle Den is open each day throughout the school holidays, inviting families to pick up a pencil and delve into their imagination, as they explore what creative disobedience means through scribbling, sketching and doodling.  Also waiting to be discovered around the building are a series of interactive Playful Protest activities involving everything from hula hoops to ping pong balls!

As well as taking part in the workshop or spending time in the Doodle Den, a visit to People’s History Museum’s headline exhibition, Disrupt? Peterloo and Protest, is recommended.  This introduces the story of one of the most significant moments of protest in British history, the Peterloo Massacre, which took place in Manchester exactly 200 years ago (16 August 1819).  The story is told in a fascinating and engaging way; from a dress that would have been worn in Manchester on the day to coming face to face with a portrait of the Captain of the Yeomanry.

People’s History Museum, the national museum of democracy, houses a unique collection that journeys through 200 years of ideas worth fighting for, including women’s rights, voting rights and workers’ rights.  The museum’s accessible and Family Friendly approach includes interactive elements, stories to discover and creative ways of understanding what democracy means; just some of the reasons that People’s History Museum has recently been a winner of the Kids in Museums Family Friendly Museum Award.

An essential part of any family day out is a visit to The Left Bank cafe bar; this a great place to enjoy lunch, with five-a-day picnic bags available for younger visitors.  The museum’s shop is a must for pocket money friendly toys, gifts and art for young people and grown ups alike.

People’s History Museum is open seven days a week from 10.00am to 5.00pm.  Radical Lates are on the second Thursday each month, open until 8.00pm.  The museum is free to enter with a suggested donation of £5.  To find out about visiting the museum, its full exhibitions and events programme visit


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Notes to editors:

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 people of all ages 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 annual themes; 2018 looked at representation and commemorated 100 years since the first women and all men won the right to vote in Britain, 2019 sees a year of activities around protest movements to mark the bicentenary of the Peterloo Massacre in Manchester, and the programme for 2020 will be on the theme of migration and identity.  Recent 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.

Ambrin is a jewellery artist and designer from Manchester.  Her work reflects on everyday life as she transforms ordinary objects into luxurious jewels and sculptures.  She is particularly inspired by coins, as objects that pass from hand to hand on a daily basis.  By taking small change as a point of inspiration, Ambrin seeks to reaffirm the power of the coin in her work.

Pui Lee is a British-born Chinese artist and arts educator, working throughout the North of England.  Pui Lee firmly believes in empowering others through creativity and hopes to make a positive difference in life.  Trained in a multitude of disciplines, her artistic practice is wide-ranging and she works using an interdisciplinary approach across both traditional and contemporary 2D and 3D art forms.

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