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Autumn 2017

  • Family Friendly half term fun
  • Savage Ink – now open
  • Radical Lates - October & November
  • PHM at The National Museum of Mexican Art
25 October 2017, The Big Draw @ People's History Museum

Family Friendly half term fun

Having just been awarded the Kids in Museums Family Friendly Museum Award 2017, there’s no better place to bring the family during October half term.  Take inspiration from our Savage Ink exhibition and let your imagination run wild at our Mysterious Creatures craft table.  Go BIG for the Big Draw; grab a marker, get doodling, and help create a huge animal graffiti mural on the glass walls of the museum!  Grab a bite from The Left Bank cafe bar’s Family Friendly menu, and continue the cartoon capers on their chalkboard tables.  The museum is a buggy-friendly site, welcomes breastfeeding, has baby-changing facilities – and even offers a free emergency nappy if you get caught short!
  16 September 2017 - 13 May 2018, Savage Ink: The Cartoon & The Caricature @ People's History Museum. Cartoon © Steve Bell

Savage Ink: The Cartoon & The Caricature

Ever since the satirical cartoon’s rise to popularity in the late 18th century, cartoonists have used humour and caricature to attack and criticise those in power.  Savage Ink looks at the development of the cartoon as an important form of visual protest and its often cruel and controversial imagery.  The exhibition charts the cartoon from its pioneers and innovators, right through to those artists currently working in graphic novels, comic books and newspapers who are keeping the tradition of pictorial satire alive.  Savage Ink highlights the museum’s extensive collection of political cartoons which include works by William Hogarth, James Gillray, Gertrude Elias, Steve Bell and Peter Fluck.  On show until Sunday 13 May 2018.

Celebrate Black History Month on Thurs 26 Oct and go back in time to 1950s Manchester.  Meet Gabrielle as she moves from the Caribbean


Don’t miss Queer Noise: The History of LGBT+ Music & Club Culture in Manchester – exhibition extended until Sun 5 Nov

Radical Lates at People's History Museum

Radical Lates - October & November

Ideas worth fighting for have often been debated under the cover of darkness, in secret and away from prying eyes.  Every second Thursday each month our galleries will be open all evening for you to explore, with a regular programme of exciting and quirky happenings.  Join our Radical Late this Thursday 12 October and discover our newly acquired suffragette material, political cartoons, and more as we explore Collecting Cultures.  Book now for November’s very special Radical Late as we uncover The Savage Ink of Steve Bell, through discussion with the award winning cartoonist himself, the Savage Ink exhibition’s curator, and cartoonist Kate Evans.  Keep an eye out for future happenings at our Radical Lates.
  Day of the Dead @ The National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago. Veintidos. (Twenty Two) by Steve Talbot

PHM at The National Museum of Mexican Art

In the aftermath of the Manchester attack on 22 May 2017, The National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago wanted to show its support for the city.  They invited PHM to contribute to their annual autumn exhibition Day of the Dead.  Led by ancient traditional practices the exhibition also recognises tragedies taking place in current times.  PHM’s Operations Manager and practicing artist Steve Talbot was honoured to contribute an installation Veintidos. (Twenty Two), made up of 23 clear acrylic boxes.  22 of the boxes take the form of ofrendas (offerings); carefully selected objects intended for those who lost their lives in the attack to feel at home.  The final box is empty.  The installation will return to PHM for future display following the exhibition in Chicago.