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The Past, Present & Future of Protest

2019 open call for public events

Image of Manchester Heroes print by George Cruikshank, September 1819 © People's History Museum
Image of Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) protest, Conservative Party Conference, Manchester, 14 September 2017. Image courtesy of People's History Museum

2019 marks 200 years since the Peterloo Massacre, a major event in Manchester’s history, and a defining moment for Britain’s democracy.  To commemorate this monumental anniversary, the People’s History Museum (PHM) will explore the changing face of protest: past, present and future.

A year long programme of events and exhibitions will explore creative disobedience and its role in today’s ideas worth fighting for.  Kicking off in January 2019 with a brand new display of protest banners.

The museum’s headline exhibition Disrupt? Peterloo & Protest, opening spring 2019, forms part of the national bicentenary commemorations and will feature objects from the museum’s unique collection including original Peterloo artefacts.  At the heart of the exhibition will be a specially commissioned film that tells the story of protest and the road to democratic reform.

As part of this Family Friendly exhibition PHM will run a Protest Lab, opening up gallery space for individuals, communities and organisations as an experimental area where views and ideas can be shared and developed for collective action.

As part of our 2019 public events programme we are pleased to announce an open call for submissions from groups or individuals wishing to showcase or produce an event at the museum in 2019.  We are particularly interested in creatively disobedient events and activities, ranging from the fun to the formal, that relate to our year long theme of protest: past, present and future, or give voice to issues and ideas worth fighting for today.

Events are not limited to, but can take place within the Protest Lab space, and also on our Radical Lates, which are the second Thursday each month when the whole museum is open to explore until 8.00pm.

The 2019 public events programme will be selected by a panel of museum staff and volunteers.

To apply:

  •  Fill in an 2019 Expression of Interest Form (Events)
  • Remember to write in clear, accessible language.  Applications that exceed the word limits will not be considered
  • Attach a maximum of two A4 sheets of supporting visuals

Deadline for submissions: Monday 19 November 2018 at 5.00pm

Please send submissions for the attention of Michael Powell, Programme & Events Officer to the museum address or by email

If you have any questions please email or phone 0161 838 9190.

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