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Autumn 2016

  • Family Friendly half term fun
  • Celebrate Black History Month at PHM
  • New Community Gallery exhibition - Promising Home
  • New exhibition at The Portico Library
1 October 2016 - 12 February 2017, Dedicated to all Defenders of Human Freedoms. The Art of Paul Peter Piech @ People's History Museum

Family Friendly half term fun

Looking for fun things to do this half term?  Be inspired by the art of printmaker Paul Peter Piech in our new exhibition Dedicated to all Defenders of Human Freedoms.  Design your own printing block to create a poster at our week long Printing Power craft table, and print your own piece of radical art at our artist led session Make Your Mark.  Celebrate Black History Month and find out how William Cuffay campaigned for the right to vote, and join PHM Songwriter in Residence Quiet Loner to learn about rhymes, make some noise and sing some songs!
  27 October 2016, Living History performance, Slavery & Suffrage - William Cuffay's Story @ People's History Museum

Celebrate Black History Month at PHM

Visit PHM during October and celebrate Black History Month.  Meet PHM Radical Hero William Cuffay, son of a freed slave and Chartist leader, and Have Your Say! at our monthly discussion on political talking points; this month we ask the question ‘After Brexit – division or diversity?’  If you’re a teacher or group leader, you can bring your group to discover our Living History workshops on slavery, migration and identity.  Find out more about Joining the Radicals and making sure the stories of our black Radical Heroes continue to be told.

Will the USA elect their first woman President?  Or will Trump triumph?  Digest the US Election at PHM over an American style breakfast


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29 October 2016 - 15 January 2017, Promising Home @ People's History Museum

Promising Home – opens Sat 29 October

Our new Community Gallery explores contemporary issues on homes and housing, asking us to consider the value of a council estate.  Who owns it and what is it really worth?  Why is the media image of the estate so different from the views of many of its residents, who love their homes and think they are great places to live?  Jane Brake and John van Aitken of the Institute of Urban Dreaming (IUD), who are based on the Pendleton estate in Salford, have been recording everyday life in the area since 2004.  Running until Sunday 15 January 2017, this exhibition presents a fascinating selection of IUD’s extensive archive of video, photography, artworks, texts, textiles and everyday archaeology of the estate.
  Timothy Isherwood @ The Portico Library

Tim Isherwood at The Portico Library

Throughout 2016, Salford University lecturer and mixed-media printmaker Tim Isherwood undertook a residency at The Portico Library, considering the systems and procedures prevalent within the space.  From the cataloguing of titles to the care and protection of aged publications, he has drawn on these observations to produce a set of responses across a variety of processes.  These responses will be displayed from Friday 25 November to Wednesday 21 December in The Portico Library’s gallery space alongside library artefacts, a new limited edition print publication and collaborative pieces with North West artists Katherine Beefheart and John Powell Jones.