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Family Friendly fun ways to explore People’s History Museum during October half term

15 September 2023

October Half Term 2023 at PHM

October half term holds lots of Family Friendly fun at People’s History Museum (PHM).  A trail to follow, a performance to watch, a making and doing craft session and even a game of bingo are all on the cards at the national museum of democracy.  Whether you choose one experience or a combination, you’ll have an exciting time discovering a world of ideas worth fighting for and stories of changemakers that will inspire your whole family.

Protests have led to rights for many people and, from the right to vote to equal pay, these are the stories shared throughout People’s History Museum.  Amongst the objects on display are colourful placards that protestors have held on their marches and rallies and these are the inspiration for Make Your Mark on Wednesday 25 October (11am, 1pm and 2pm).  All the materials are provided in this craft session, all you need to bring along are your creative ideas.  Designed for 5 to 12 year olds, places for Make Your Mark are free, with donations of £10 per family encouraged where possible, and can be booked here: Make Your Mark.

The Little suffragettes trail is the perfect way to meet some of the inspirational women who have led the charge for change; from those seeking representation for the working class 200 years ago in what would become known as Peterloo, to the Pankhursts campaigning for votes for women over a century ago.  The colourful trail contains the stunning illustrations of artists the Rickard Sisters, plus activities to complete as a family as you enjoy exploring the galleries.  Dress up, interactive games, board games and more feature along the route.  When you’ve finished you’ll find some of the Rickard Sisters’ work available in PHM Shop, including pocket money friendly postcards and notebooks.  Pick up a copy of the Little suffragettes trail during your visit at the Info Desk for £2.50, which includes a badge making kit.

Turning a museum visit into a fun family game, Banner Bingo is about experiencing the 2023 Banner Exhibition in a way that will appeal to younger visitors.  The rules are simple: spot the images on a banner and cross them off on your Banner Bingo card.  But expect the unexpected, with banners that feature some unusual objects, including a sheep, an elephant and a snake!  There are two versions depending on the challenge you are looking for; one for ages 7+ and one for ages 5+.  This is a free Family Friendly activity.

And finally, on Saturday 28 October the story of Windrush is explored through performance.  Using a script based on the first-hand accounts of three different women who moved from the Caribbean to Manchester in the 1950s, No Bed of Roses is a Living History performance in which the audience get to meet Gabrielle and watch history come to life in a reconstruction of the past.  Presented as part of Black History Month 2023, the piece starts at 2pm and concludes at 3pm, which includes time for audience questions.  Suitable for ages 7+ tickets are free, with donations of £10 per family encouraged where possible, and can be booked here: No Bed of Roses.

Launched for October half term Open Kitchen Cafe & Bar at PHM has a new menu dedicated to families.  Everyone in your group can eat for a set price, with different options depending upon the size of your party.  For example, for an adult and two children to eat the cost would be £12 and on the menu would be delicious, fresh and healthy choices including sandwiches, pizza and pasta for children.  For those who want to bring their own lunch there is a dedicated picnic space inside the museum.

People’s History Museum’s opening hours are 10.00am to 5.00pm, every day except Tuesdays.  Banner Bingo and Little suffragettes trail take place during museum opening hours. Museum entry is free, with most visitors donating £10.  To find out about visiting PHM, its full exhibitions and events programme visit, and you can keep up to date with the latest news by signing up to receive PHM’s e-newsletter.


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