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Set your sights on People’s History Museum at February Half Term

31 January 2023

Shout out for Banner Bingo and track down Museum Mystery Trail

February Half Term at People's History Museum

People’s History Museum (PHM) is asking visitors to do a double take when they visit the museum during February Half Term.  Two fun filled exploits await families that will keep them on their toes requiring both imagination and the very best detective skills, so get set for Banner Bingo and Museum Mystery Trail at People’s History Museum.

Banner Bingo launches on Saturday 18 February with a set of brand new colourful bingo cards for the new 2023 Banner Exhibition.  Your card is marked if you are a family that enjoys discovering exhibitions in an exciting and interactive way. There are 25 banners dotted around the two main galleries; some historic and some contemporary; some beautifully handcrafted and some carrying bold statements. Once you’ve located them then its ‘eyes down’ to see which of the images you can find from your bingo card. Be prepared for some unexpected surprises along the way 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+.

And when you’ve got a ‘full house’ it’s time for a full tummy with a visit to Open Kitchen Cafe & Bar where sustainable, ethical and delicious food is always on the menu, including a selection of healthy choices dedicated to younger visitors.

Museums are intriguing places and straight from the pages of new book Murder at the Museum things are about to get a little bit mysterious at PHM. Amateur detectives will be able to step into the shoes of Montgomery Bonbon, the alter ego of ten year old Bonnie Montgomery the self-declared world’s greatest super sleuth and character at the centre of Alasdair Beckett-King’s new novel.  The free Museum Mystery Trail will take some super sleuthing investigation along with some sketching and puzzle solving.  A free moustache bookmark awaits all mystery solvers at the end of their quest.

Families can collect their Banner Bingo cards and Museum Mystery Trail packs from the Info Desk when they arrive at People’s History Museum from Saturday 18 February. The Museum Mystery Trail is supported by Kids in Museums and is available until Sunday 26 February and Banner Bingo will continue throughout 2023.  Both are free activities that form part of the Family Friendly experience at People’s History Museum.

People’s History Museum’s opening hours are 10.00am to 5.00pm, every day except Tuesday. 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, or following the museum on social media on Twitter @PHMMcr, Facebook @PHMMcr, and Instagram @phmmcr.



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An Invitation

During February Half Term we’d like to invite journalists and their families to take part in some of the activities at People’s History Museum and enjoy lunch at Open Kitchen, so that they can share their experiences.

And if you join us on Wednesday 22 February at 2pm you can take part in our Dress to Protest: textile printing workshop to create a t-shirt or tote bag with a personal message inspired by PHM’s collection.

We’ve got a limited number of places available so if you’d like to find out more please email:

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About People’s History Museum (PHM)
People’s History Museum (PHM) in Manchester is the UK’s national museum of democracy and a leading activist museum.  It shares stories about the struggle for equality and equity, explores the vital role that democracy plays in our society and celebrates the radical history of people coming together to demand change in order to create a fairer society. These ground-breaking stories include the fights for universal suffrage, workers’ rights, votes for women and more recently LGBTQI+ rights. The museum and collection have never been more relevant.

PHM helps people to discover that they have the power to make change.

PHM co-creates programmes with communities, ensuring that lived experience shape the authentic and challenging content; 2018 looked at representation, 2019 focused on protest to mark the bicentenary of the Peterloo Massacre in Manchester, 2020-2021 explored migration as a human experience and 2022-2023 is led by the landmark exhibition Nothing About Us Without Us which explores disabled people’s rights and activism.

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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