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Never Going Underground: the fight for LGBT+ rights

Throughout 2017 the museum will host a series of exhibitions, events and learning programmes exploring the past, present and future of LGBT+ activism. #NGU2017

Movement for Justice LGBT banner

Never Going Underground: The Fight for LGBT+ Rights

 

 

 

 

Main Galleries:

Throughout 2017
Banners
The banner hang in our main galleries will include several LGBT+ banners, including the iconic North West Campaign for Lesbian & Gay Equality ‘Never Going Underground’ banner, Lesbians & Gays Support the Miners banner and the Ed Hall designed Movement for Justice LGBT banner.

Exhibitions:

Sat 25 February – Sun 3 September
Never Going Underground: The Fight for LGBT+ Rights
January 1967: it’s illegal for men to have sex together, lesbianism is condemned as sinful or seen as a medical misfortune, and trans rights are non-existent.  50 years later, LGBT+ legal protection and equality is almost UK-wide.  There was, however, nothing inevitable about that progress, and there were steps back as well as forward.  Curated by members of the local LGBT+ community, this unique exhibition marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act, exploring and celebrating those who campaigned and continue to campaign for equality for LGBT+ people.  The exhibition details the development of an LGBT+ movement, showing the internal and external struggles, the different party political approaches to equality, and the social and historical context of the last sixty years of activism.  This is the complex and compelling story of a long and often bumpy journey.
Family Friendly exhibition, suitable for all ages
In order to keep our exhibitions programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
Suggested donation £5
10.00am – 5.00pm

Fri 14 April – Sun 25 June 2017
Love is Not a Crime: 10 years of the Lesbian Immigration Support Group
The Lesbian Immigration Support Group (LISG) are a group of women in Greater Manchester who are lesbian and bisexual asylum seekers and refugees and their supporters.  To mark their 10th anniversary they have created a moving display exploring the history of the group and the challenges that LGBT+ refugees and asylum seekers face today.
Suitable for all ages
In order to keep our exhibitions programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
Suggested donation £3
10.00am – 5.00pm

Sat 24 June – Sun 3 September
Continuum: Framing Trans Lives in 21st Century Britain
Recent years have seen an explosion in media interest in trans* issues – however misconceptions about the realities of trans* people’s lives remain.  Curated by Artmob, Continuum showcases the diversity of trans* voices in 21st century Britain and features 15 artists from a variety of backgrounds, working across a range of artistic media.  The exhibition welcomes visitors into the artists’ lives to share their stories in all their playful, heartfelt and gritted glory.  Their work reveals how much there is that unites rather than divides us and, in the process, gets to the heart of what it is to be human.
Suitable for all ages
In order to keep our exhibitions programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
Suggested donation £3
10.00am – 5.00pm

Sat 1 July – Sun 10 September
Queer Noise: The History of LGBT+ Music & Club Culture in Manchester
Queer Noise is a community exhibition exploring how queer club culture and LGBT+ music-makers in Greater Manchester helped to redefine attitudes towards sexuality across the city and beyond.  It features rarely seen material provided by Manchester District Music Archive’s online community.
Suitable for all ages
In order to keep our exhibitions programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
Suggested donation £3
10.00am – 5.00pm

Events:

February

Fri 3 February
Never Going Underground: banners tour
Did you know that the People’s History Museum has the largest collection of banners in the world?  And that we are the world’s expert in conserving them?  As part of our Never Going Underground season, in 2017 we have a special banner hang featuring banners used by organisations fighting for LGBT+ rights.  Join Engagement & Events Officer Catherine O’Donnell and Textile Conservator Jenny Barsby on an informative tour of the new banners on display and find out about their history and how we look after them for future generations.  Includes a peek behind the scenes in our Textile Conservation Studio.
Suitable for adults and young people
No booking required
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
Suggested donation £3
1.00pm – 2.00pm

Sun 12 February
MobDoc: The Revenge of the Perverts
Join Queer Media for MobDoc, their LGBT+ mobile filmmaking workshop.  Learn how to create a film on your smartphone, with practical exercises focused on learning how to tell LGBT+ stories through archives and present day experiences.
Suitable for adults and young people
Booking required via Eventbrite
Free
10.30am – 4.30pm

Sat 25 February
Have Your Say!
Come along to this monthly discussion event where Mark Krantz will facilitate a discussion on the political talking point of that month, whilst PHM staff will draw links from the topics discussed to the museum’s collection.  This month’s discussion focuses on the question ‘What next in the fight for equality?’  2017 marks 50 years since the (partial) decriminalisation of homosexual acts.  Since then, the LGBT+ community has made huge gains.  With same-sex marriage won, many believe that the fight is over, but how equal are we really today?  Join us and Have Your Say!
Suitable for adults and young people
Booking required via Eventbrite
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
Suggested donation £3
1.00pm – 3.00pm

Sat 25 February
The Bi Series Launch: Our Forgotten Bi History
Join us for the Bi series – LGBT Foundation’s first series of events aimed at bi people.  To mark LGBT History Month, our launch event features a history talk from bi activist Jen Yockney MBE, informal ‘Speed-mating’ and the chance to add your story to our video history project.
Suitable for adults and young people
Booking required via Eventbrite
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
3.00pm – 5.00pm

Sat 25 February
The Great Debate – LGBT Mayoral Hustings
How will Greater Manchester’s first elected mayor tackle the issues affecting you?  Join Gaydio’s Emma Goswell as she quizzes the candidates in an evening of lively debate, coinciding with the launch of our exhibition Never Going Underground: The Fight for LGBT+ Rights.  Fill out a short survey to submit your questions ahead of the event or tweet @LGBTfdn using #LGBThustings.
Suitable for adults and young people
Booking required via Contact Theatre
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
Suggested donation £3
6.00pm – 7.30pm

Sun 26 February
OUTing the Past: The National Festival of LGBT History
On the opening weekend of our new exhibition Never Going Underground: The Fight for LGBT+ Rights, join us to celebrate LGBT History Month.  Our jam-packed programme includes talks, discussions, tours, theatre and music.  In partnership with Schools Out.
Suitable for all ages, the programme will include talks for adults and young people and Family Friendly events
No booking required
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
Suggested donation £5
11.00am – 5.00pm

March:

Wed 1 March
Guardian Local Private View of Never Going Underground
Join Guardian Members for an exclusive private view of our new exhibition Never Going Underground: The Fight for LGBT+ Rights.  Discover the past, present and future of LGBT+ activism as we mark the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexual acts.  Enjoy a glass of wine with other Members before our Community Curators show you their highlights.  Guests are also entitled to a 10% discount in the museum’s shop for the evening.
Suitable for adults and young people
Booking required via Guardian Members
£8 + booking fee
6.00pm – 7.30pm

Thurs 2 March
Dear Friend: Our Mothers and Sisters
Discover the newly acquisitioned Feminist Webs Archive, learn more about the popular magazines such as Spare Rib and Scarlet Women, how youth workers changed the lives of girls and young women for the better, and write a letter to an inspirational woman.  Part of Wonder Women 2017, Manchester’s annual feminist festival, running 2-12 March 2017.
Suitable for adults and young people
Booking required via Eventbrite
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
Suggested donation £3
3.00pm – 5.00pm

Wed 8 March
Wonder Women guided tour
Take a guided tour of our main galleries and our changing exhibition Never Going Underground: The Fight LGBT+ Rights and see how women have campaigned for better working conditions.  We will look at the lives of social justice campaigners Esther Roper and Eva Gore-Booth who campaigned for equal rights for working class women.  Part of Wonder Women 2017, Manchester’s annual feminist festival, running 2-12 March 2017.  This event has been supported with a grant from Manchester City Council.
Suitable for adults and young people
Booking required via Eventbrite
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
Suggested donation £3
2.30pm – 3.30pm

Thurs 9 March
Queer Story Showcase: International Women’s Day
As part of our Never Going Underground season, Queer Media brings their pop up cinema event Queer Story Showcase to PHM to mark International Women’s Day.  Celebrate the stories of queer women with a triumphant selection of seven amazing female led LGBT+ short films.  Watch the joy, the sadness, the ups and downs, and the strength in coping with what life throws at you, all wrapped up in a bit of humour with a side order of realness.  The event will include a screening of a feature film that will be announced nearer the time.  Part of Wonder Women 2017, Manchester’s annual feminist festival, running 2-12 March 2017.
Suitable for adults
Booking required via Eventbrite
£9/£7 unwaged + booking fee
6.00pm – 9.00pm

Sat 11 March
Alice in Westminster: The Political Life of Alice Bacon
Join us as Rachel Reeves, Labour MP for Leeds West, sheds light on the life and career of Alice Bacon.  With an introduction by Andy Burnham MP, chaired by Lucy Powell MP.  Alice Bacon was the first woman to represent Leeds as an MP, and is the subject of a new biography by Reeves.  The daughter of a Yorkshire coal miner, Alice was an unlikely but powerful force behind the groundbreaking social reforms of post war Labour.  Like so many women in the politics of the period, Alice has been written out of history.  Find out why it is time her legacy was brought back to the fore.  Part of Wonder Women 2017, Manchester’s annual feminist festival, running 2-12 March 2017.
Suitable for adults and young people
Booking required via Eventbrite
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
Suggested donation £3
11.30am – 1.00pm

Sat 11 March
The Fabric of Protest
What factors impact on women’s working lives today?  Join our monthly creative textile workshop to collaboratively produce a piece of artwork rich in personal responses and exploration, looking at how women have and still are campaigning for better working conditions, and what still needs to be improved today.  Participants can attend individual workshops or join us on a regular basis to shape how the work develops.  As part of our International Women’s Day celebrations we will look at the lives of social justice campaigners Esther Roper and Eva Gore-Booth, who campaigned for equal rights for working class women, and who feature in our exhibition Never Going Underground: The Fight for LGBT+ Rights.  Part of our Never Going Underground season, a year long programme of exhibitions, events and learning programmes exploring the past, present and future of LGBT+ activism.  Part of Wonder Women 2017, Manchester’s annual feminist festival, running 2-12 March 2017. This event has been supported with a grant from Manchester City Council.
Suitable for adults and young peopleover 11
Booking required via Eventbrite
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
Suggested donation £3
1.00pm – 3.30pm

Sun 12 March
Never Going Underground Family Friendly Launch Day
Help celebrate the launch of our Never Going Underground Family Friendly programme!  Throughout the day there will be events and activities for all ages, designed and created in partnership with Proud 2 b Parents.  Join author and illustrator Olly Pike who will be reading his reworked fairytales throughout the day.  Explore our exhibition to a musical tune with Matt Hill’s music workshop.  Discover secrets of the galleries with our treasure hunt… for a special prize!  And show us what makes you unique and what your dreams for the future are in our craft workshops, where we will be making dream catchers and identity boxes!
Family Friendly activities, suitable for all ages
Booking required via Eventbrite
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
Suggested donation £3
11.00am – 3.30pm

Sat 18 March
Queer Beyond London: have your say on Manchester’s LGBT+ history
Discover more about Manchester’s LGBT+ history with the team from Queer Beyond London.  Queer Beyond London is a collaboration between Birkbeck College, University of London and Leeds Beckett University to research histories of LGBT+ identities and communities in Manchester, Leeds, Plymouth and Brighton from the 1960s to the present.  Come and share your experiences of themes including family and kinship, migration and movement, activism and community building, and the uses of history.
Suitable for adults and young people, welcoming a mix of people across a range of ages, genders and sexual identities, ethnic and religious backgrounds interested in  Manchester’s LGBT+ past
Booking required via Eventbrite
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
Suggested donation £3
1.30pm – 3.00pm

April:

Sat 1 – Mon 17 April
Rainbow craft table
Be inspired by the colours in our exhibition Never Going Underground and make a rainbow sun catcher.  Celebrate a symbol of LGBT+ pride and welcome spring in!  Why not tweet a photo of your rainbow sun catcher to @PHMLearn.
Family Friendly activity, suitable for all ages
No booking required, drop in activity
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
Suggested donation £3
10.00am – 5.00pm

Wed 5 April
Make Your Mark: Molly Spoons
Discover the stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things in our collections!  Create your own Molly spoon based on your individual talents and characteristics and then use our theatre space to tell your story!  Why not tweet a photo of your Molly spoon to @PHMLearn.
Family Friendly activity, suitable for over 5s to adults
Booking required via Eventbrite
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
Suggested donation £3
1.00pm – 3.00pm

Wed 12 April
Make Your Mark: Identity Boxes
What makes you, you?  Be inspired by the personal collections in our exhibition Never Going Underground and think about your family and what makes it unique.  Design an identity box and let your imagination run free with your decorating skills.  Create family peg dolls, pop-up home interiors and take a photograph of you and your loved ones to put inside.  Why not tweet a photo of your identity box to @PHMLearn.
Family Friendly activity, suitable for over 5s to adults
Booking required via Eventbrite
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
Suggested donation £3
1.00pm – 3.00pm

Thurs 13 April
Love Is Not a Crime launch night
Join the Lesbian Immigration Support Group for the launch of their exhibition Love Is Not a Crime and celebrate their 10th anniversary.  Fairtrade drinks provided by the Co-op.
Suitable for all ages
Booking required via Eventbrite
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
Suggested donation £5
6.00pm – 8.00pm

May:

Tues 23 May
Inventing Normal Sex: An Un/natural History
As part of the University of Manchester’s Sexuality Summer School 2017 on ‘Why Be Normal?’, this public lecture by Professor Laura Doan will explore how writings on romance, love, marriage, and sexuality helped to shape the public’s understanding of ‘normal’ sex.
Suitable for adults with an interest in the history of sexuality
No booking required
Free
12.30pm – 2.00pm

Thurs 25 May – Sun 4 June
Superhero Puppet craft table
Inspired by our exhibition Never Going Underground, create your own superhero puppet!  What would a superhero who stands up for others, fights for equality, or celebrates what makes us all different and unique look like?  Pop your puppet along to the exhibition’s story space and show off their superhero powers.  Why not tweet a photo of your superhero to @PHMLearn.
Family Friendly activity, suitable for all ages
No booking required, drop in activity
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
Suggested donation £3
10.00am – 5.00pm

Wed 31 May
Make Your Mark: Painting Pots – Planting Pansies
Be inspired by the Pansy Project which brings beauty to places of sadness.  Decorate a teacup and plant a flower in it and take a little happiness away with you.  Why not tweet a photo of your teacup to @PHMLearn.
Family Friendly activity, suitable for over 5s to adults
Booking required via Eventbrite
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
Suggested donation £3
1.00pm – 3.00pm

June:

Sun 4 June
A Cabaret: LGBT Rights and Campaigns
Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and the Proud Trust present a cabaret celebrating the history of LGBT rights campaigns through a selection of short sketches.  The cabaret captures the spirit and struggle of LGBT campaigns as a tribute to those who stood up for LGBT rights.
Suitable for adults and young people over 14
Booking required via Eventbrite
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
Suggested donation £3
12.30pm – 1.30pm

Funded by

 Heritage Lottery Funded

Project Partners
LGBT Foundation   Manchester Lesbian and Gay Chorus   Proud 2 b Parents   The Proud Trust

 Media Partners

Canal St     Gay Times