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Autumn 2012


  • Family Friendly October half term
  • New community gallery exhibition – opening Sun 11 Nov
  • Woody Guthrie: Hard Times and Hard Travelin’
  • Peace History Conference @ PHM

Family Friendly October half term

There’s lots of fun to be had at the museum this half term, for visitors of all ages.  Celebrate Manchester Science Festival and discover the science behind banner conservation in our Banner CSI workshop, or become a pest controller on our popular Bugs & Beasties trail.  Get creative at our Big Draw event and explore Manchester with an artist, drawing your journey on an umbrella to take home with you!  There’s also Living History and Little PHM characters to meet as well as all the usual hands-on stuff in every gallery.

New community gallery exhibition – opening Sun 11 Nov

Visit our next community gallery exhibition The Oldham Road Project: Second View, by photographer Charlie Meecham.  Opening on Sunday 11 November, this exciting photographic exhibition focuses on the areas between Oldham and Manchester which follow the course of the A62.  This second view looks at changes that have taken place since Charlie’s first project conducted in the mid 1980s.  Come along to the opening day of the exhibition and be the first to see this fascinating view of the changing landscape of Greater Manchester.

Will Kaufman’s Woody Guthrie: Hard Times and Hard Travelin’

Enjoy this exciting ‘live documentary’ on Saturday 24 November that sets the songs of Woody Guthrie in the context of the American 1930s, highlighting the blending of music and radical politics that marks his most powerful work.  The evening will begin with an exclusive pre-concert supper with Will Kaufman; singer, multi-instrumentalist and Professor of American Literature and Culture at the University of Central Lancashire.  Take the opportunity to ask Will questions at the end of the evening and purchase your signed copy of his book Woody Guthrie, American Radical (2011), available in the museum shop.

Annual National Peace History Conference @ PHM

We are pleased to be hosting the annual national Peace History Conference at the museum on Saturday 10 November.  Recognising its move from London this year, and celebrating the International Year of Co-operatives, the conference title From Local to Global – the north’s role in peace and co-operation will be reflected in the day’s programme.  The conference is open to everyone, and aims to increase understanding of past peace movements to inform the present and the future.  If you are interested in holding an event at the museum, please contact our venue hire team.