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February 2013

  • Family Friendly Half Term
  • New changing exhibition - Hidden
  • Wonder Women: Radical Manchester
  • Family Fun at IWMN

Family Friendly Half Term

Visit the museum with friends and family next week and enjoy some half term fun!  Meet Living History character Pauly and find out what life was like growing up during the Manchester Blitz.  Get inspired by our Demon Drink? exhibitionand create your own stunning sash to wear on a march through the museum, or visit our craft table and become the King or Queen of Temperance, making your own Temperance Crown.  As well as all this, there's the usual hands-on stuff in every gallery for all ages to enjoy.  If you enjoy the museum, why not let Kids in Museums know why we deserve to win their Family Friendly Museum Award!

Hidden by Red Saunders

Visit our stunning new changing exhibition Hidden by photographer Red Saunders, opening on Saturday 9 March and running until Sunday 29 September.  An Impressions Gallery touring exhibition, Hidden features re-imagined photographic tableaux, recreating great moments in the long struggle for rights and representation in Britain, featuring those often hidden from history.  As the national museum of democracy in Britain and the home of ‘ideas worth fighting for’, we are delighted to be showing this fascinating exhibition that fits so well with our story.  Don’t miss our exciting programme of events to accompany the exhibition.

Don't miss your last chance to see our Demon Drink? exhibition - ends Sunday 24 February


Why not pop in to The Left Bank cafe bar for a drink or bite to eat? Check out their new Kids' Corner!


Wonder Women: Radical Manchester

The museum is really excited to be part of this five year project inspired by a shock moment in April 1913, when three ordinary women caused a commotion at Manchester Art Gallery in the fight for universal suffrage.  Exactly 100 years later, join us for a programme of cultural events shining a spotlight on women change makers, past and present.  Go behind the scenes and browse our archive photo collections on the theme of women, enjoy a Living History performance and meet suffragette Hannah Mitchell, or join a guided tour of the main galleries and discover how women shaped our history.

Family Fun at IWMN

Just a tram ride away from the museum, why not make a visit to the Imperial War Museum North?  Budding artists are invited to visit Imperial War Museum North to take inspiration from their amazing art collections and get creative over half term.  Spot a Family Friendly masked character on the loose in the museum and listen to a tale about war artists in What a Performance.  Then get hands-on and creative in Frontline Art sessions where you can make your own impressive artwork.  Plus for younger visitors there is daily storytelling and a soft play area.