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The Art of Gentle Protest Craftivism at People’s History Museum

14 August 2019

22 September 2019, #DareToDream craftivism workshop @ People's History Museum © Jonathan Cherry with Craftivist Collective

A craftivism workshop on the art of gentle protest will take place at People’s History Museum for a special Heritage Open Days event on Sunday 22 September as part of a national project supported by People’s Postcode Lottery#DaretoDream craftivism workshop will be led by award winning activist and founder of the global Craftivist Collective, Sarah Corbett, and forms a creative highlight in a year during which the museum is exploring the past, present and future of protest.

The workshop considers the power of dreams to affect real change in society.  Looking to dreamers of the past who worked to shape our future, participants will choose a personal message for positive change to stitch onto a fabric dream cloud.  This will be a really special craftivism experience with the setting of the national museum of democracy, where ideas worth fighting for are celebrated, as the inspirational backdrop.

Ethically sourced fabrics and threads will be provided to create the clouds, which once completed can be hung in public to provoke thought, or kept at home as a reminder of the dream of a better world its creator wants to become a reality.

No craft skills are required, just an open heart and mind! Pictures of the finished clouds and conversations will be shared using the #DaretoDream hashtag.

This free drop in workshop is taking place from 11.00am to 2.30pm, with each session lasting approximately 20 minutes and suitable for ages 16+.  It is funded by support from players of the People’s Postcode Lottery. For more information visit

Following the #DaretoDream workshop there is the opportunity to hear Sarah Corbett in conversation, to find out more about her books, campaigns and protest philosophy.

How To Be A Craftivist in the art of gentle protest (Sunday 22 September, 3.00pm to 4.30pm) is part of the Heritage Open Days Unsung Stories project and a chance to be inspired by Sarah’s award winning activism.  Known for her advocacy for quiet protest and the need for introverts to get involved in activism, Sarah will be discussing what the future of protest looks like in our ever changing world and what can we learn from changemakers of the past to inspire and empower us to become changemakers of the future.

Sarah will discuss her challenge to the concept that protest always has to be fast, loud and with lots of people and proposing her counter theory that it can be just as effective when its slow, quiet and small.  There will be the chance to hear more about the successes of her campaigns; how powerful creating something by hand or a provocative piece of street art can be.

Inspired by People’s History Museum’s collection, Sarah will talk about how her creative and carefully considered methodology has helped to change laws, business policies and hearts and minds around the world.

This is a free event, suitable for ages 16 + and with spaces bookable via  It is funded by support from players of the People’s Postcode Lottery.

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

For further information on Craftivist Collective visit


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 Notes to editors:

The Past, Present & Future of Protest

During 2019 People’s History Museum is marking 200 years since the Peterloo Massacre (16 August 1819), a major event in Manchester’s history and a defining moment for Britain’s democracy, with year long programme exploring the past, present and future of protest.  Its headline exhibition Disrupt? Peterloo & Protest (until Sunday 23 February 2020) explores creative disobedience and its role in today’s ideas worth fighting for.  The storytelling is illuminated with original artefacts brought together for the first time and a specially commissioned film features the road to democratic reform.  It also features the Protest Lab, an experimental space for collective action.  Visit for more information.

 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 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.  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.

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