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October half term at People’s History Museum

2 October 2019

Half term activities Left to right Doodle Den, There is no Planet B creative disobedience day and YOUkulele © People's History Museum

People’s History Museum (PHM) has an array of creative activities planned for October half term that explore ideas around the past, present and future of protest for families.  Sitting at the very centre will be ‘There is no planet B creative disobedience day, which puts the environment in the spotlight and gives visitors a chance to discover what’s at stake and to find out what can be done.

Doodle Den – Saturday 19 October to Sunday 3 November

Spanning the half term holidays is the Doodle Den, a relaxed, creative and colourful space for families to immerse themselves in what creative disobedience means whether through sketching, scribbling or simple silliness.  It’s the perfect place to head to after visiting the museum’s galleries and exhibitions to reflect on the stories that are told and the things that have inspired you during your visit.  There is no booking required for this drop in activity.

Living History performance: No Bed of Roses – From the Caribbean to Manchester – Saturday 26 October

On Saturday 26 October one of a number of events at People’s History Museum that marks Black History Month takes place.  No Bed of Roses – From the Caribbean to Manchester is a Living History performance suitable for 7 year olds and over.  In it visitors come face to face with Gabrielle who tells of her experiences of moving from the Caribbean to Manchester in the 1950s.  The expectations, the challenges and the circumstances are all part of Gabrielle’s story, which she vividly brings to life.  Booking in advance for this free (pay what you feel at the event) performance is recommended via Eventbrite.

‘There is no planet B’ creative disobedience day – Sunday 27 October

On Sunday 27 October there is a full day of activities as People’s History Museum presents ‘There is no planet B’ creative disobedience day. Working with organisations, campaigners and communities, the museum has brought together an inspiring collection of activities to take part in and ways to find out how to make a difference.

There will be workshops from the Royal Horticultural Society, Lancashire Wildlife Trust and Manchester Museum, with the chance to meet a rare frog, find out about bogs and even make your own seed bomb with the People’s History Museum team.  You can meet campaigners including Youth Focus North West’s POSH Ambassadors (Pioneers of Sustainable Hope) and Extinction Rebellion for young activists, known as Rising Up! Manchester Families, with a chance to contribute to an artwork to feature in one of its future campaigns with artist Helen Mather.

‘There is no planet B’ creative disobedience day takes place from 12.00pm to 3.00pm, with no booking required and free entry (pay what you feel at the event).

There will be relaxed opening (11.00am – 12.00pm) and closing hours (3.00pm – 4.00pm) ensuring anyone with sensory sensitivities will be able to enjoy the activities at a less busy time, and a quiet room will be available throughout the day.  PHM’s Left Bank cafe bar will be marking the occasion by serving a plant based menu for the day.

YOUkulele! – Tuesday 29 October

On Tuesday 29 October attention turns to the power of protest music with the opportunity to make some noise!  Join singer-songwriter Matt Hill (Quiet Loner) for a YOUkulele! musical taster session (1.00pm – 1.30pm and 2.00pm – 2.30pm), a brand new activity designed for 7-11 year olds.  Ukuleles are provided, or you can bring your own, and by the end of the creative session you will have learnt three chords to play a group protest song together and created a tune of your very own.  No prior experience is required. The session is £8 (plus booking fee) per participant, accompanying adults go free, with booking required via Eventbrite.

Throughout 2019 People’s History Museum is focusing upon the past, present and future of protest in its galleries, exhibitions and events programme.  All of the October half term activities are designed to enable families with children and teenagers to delve into and explore these themes, which can be further discovered in the award-winning galleries.

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 and its exhibitions are free to enter with a suggested donation of £5.  To find out about visiting the museum, its full exhibition and events programme visit

Where’s Wally? The Big Museum Hunt

Taking place across the country during October half term (Saturday 19 October to Sunday 3 November) is the search for Wally to mark the publication of the new Where’s Wally? book, Double Trouble at the Museum.  Visitors are invited to find Wally amongst the collections on display with special stickers available to those who are successful!



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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 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.  2017 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.



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