People’s History Museum (PHM) has a packed programme of online activities to bring people together through conversation, stories, music and creativity taking place in the coming weeks. From the little radicals in your family to the grown ups, all of the Ideas Worth Exploring reflect the spirit of the national museum of democracy and are inspired by stories of the revolutionaries, reformers, workers, voters and citizens who have championed for change and rallied for rights and equality for all.
Family Friendly events
Helping the youngest members of the family to find their voices is My First Protest Song, a fun session in which babies, tots and their grown ups are invited to join singer-songwriter Matt Hill for an interactive online performance. With guitar in hand Matt will perform toe tapping songs that have helped to lead calls for change that you can sing along to or add musical accompaniment, the noisier the better! Running on Thursday 4 February, 11.00am to 11.40am and Saturday 6 March, 11.00am to 11.40am, the event is bookable in advance via Eventbrite. Places are £6, £2 or free.
Taking its place as a regular online event for families from March is PHM’s bedtime story, with one of a special selection of tales created by the museum the focus of the fun each month. For March Bedtime story: Mr Ordinary’s Prize will be on Thursday 18 March, 6.00pm to 6.30pm.
Join actor, author and storyteller Emily Capstick, find a comfy spot and settle down for this adventure with a twist. Each session is followed by some creative ideas to explore with your grown up reflecting the themes from the story. Suitable for under 5s, this is a free event and welcomes donations, with booking details available here.
Whether you are a beginner or a skilled sewer you are invited to join artist Helen Mather for a gathering where stitching and chatting make the perfect combination. February (Saturday 27 February, 2.00pm to 3.30pm) and March’s (Saturday 27 March, 2.00pm to 3.30pm) The Fabric of Protest sessions will be taking their influence from the banners reflecting past and present migration movements in PHM’s 2020-2021 Banner Exhibition. Taking place on Zoom the sessions are suitable for over 11s, and anyone under 18 must have an adult present. Booking is essential in advance via Eventbrite, with places £6, £2 and free.
Younger creatives are invited to step into the imaginative world of Doodle Den, which begins with building your own special den as a space to relax and lose yourself in the fun and freedom of doodling. Pick up a pen and pencil anytime you have some free time and scroll through the list of Doodle Den resources to see what inspires you. Climate change, equal pay, migrant workers and votes for all are just some of the ideas to get you doodling, with all free to download and designed for those aged 5 years to adult. The full Doodle Den collection is available here.
February is LGBT+ History Month, which PHM will be marking with an evening of online talks as part of the OUTing the Past Festival on Thursday 11 February, 6.00pm to 8.30pm. The evening will particularly look at how migration, the museum’s headline theme throughout the year, has influenced LGBT+ history and the fight for LGBT+ rights.
In Migration, Race & Empire: LGBT+ histories tour Maggy Moyo and Jenny White will explore PHM’s galleries and collections virtually, discussing issues such as how British colonialism exported homophobia around the world. This is followed by a talk by artist Youcef Hadjazi, titled Queer Journeys’ Project and Beyond, in which he will share more about a project to explore and illustrate queer migrant journeys through zine-making. The evening will finish with a performance, Category Mistake, by performance artist Mandla Rae and a Q&A session with all contributors facilitated by Zofia Kufeldt, PHM Programme Officer.
The event is bookable in advance via Eventbrite; full details of the programme, which is suitable for 18+ are available here, with donations welcome.
You can join more than 8,000 people who have taken part in online course Peterloo to the Pankhursts: Radicalism and Reform in the 19th Century developed by People’s History Museum in partnership with Royal Holloway, University of London. Expert archivists, curators and historians present a series of learning resources that begin at the formation of modern democratic ideas and end with the campaign for votes for women. Materials from the collection of History of Parliament Trust, Parliamentary Archives and The National Archives are also featured. The course, which has received excellent reviews, takes four weeks to complete, is suitable for those aged 16+, requires five hours of study a week, and is free to join on FutureLearn.
At present the doors of PHM are closed due to the national lockdown, however, online activities continue with all listed as part of the Ideas Worth Exploring programme here, including a 3D tour of the museum and more learning resources.
Many of PHM’s events are free and some have a small charge, but are designed to be fully accessible to all with lower price tickets for those on low incomes and free tickets to those who are unwaged or seeking asylum.
Online orders are available from PHM shop, which features items inspired by PHM’s collection, where all purchases support the museum.
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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 all people 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 varied themes; 2018 looked at representation and commemorated 100 years since the first 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 is on the theme of migration and 2022 will explore disabled people’s rights and activism. Previous winner of Kids in Museums Family Friendly Museum Award.
We are hugely grateful for the generosity of our funders who have supported PHM during our period of closure and to reopen safely:
Arts Council England, Granada Foundation, Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, Manchester City Council and The National Lottery Heritage Fund.
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. artscouncil.org.uk.