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February 2017

  • New changing exhibition - Never Going Underground
  • Family Friendly Half Term Fun
  • OUTing the Past: The National Festival of LGBT History
  • Wonder Women @ PHM
  ‘Bobby Dazzler’ police officer’s helmet used at Manchester Pride, 2016, Courtesy of Greater Manchester Police Pride Network and Brett Dearden (designer)

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.  Running from Saturday 25 February to Sunday 3 September 2017, this unique exhibition marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act.  Curated by members of the local LGBT+ community, it explores and celebrates those who campaigned and continue to campaign for equality for LGBT+ people.
  22 February 2017, A Hive of Industry @ People's History Museum

Family Friendly Half Term Fun

Visit the museum over half term for lots of free, Family Friendly fun!  Be inspired by the cartoons in Main Gallery One and create your own at our week long News of the day! Cartoon craft table.  Explore the galleries looking for bees on our banners and objects, and craft your own busy bee to help transform our Learning Studio into a Hive of Industry.  The museum is Family Friendly throughout with hands-on stuff in every gallery for all ages to enjoy.  You can even have your packed lunch in our picnic area, so why not make a day of it!

Help make Paul Peter Piech a Radical Hero and enjoy a Piech souvenir reward!


What next in the fight for equality?  Join us and Have Your Say!

26 Feburary 2017, OUTing the Past: The National Festival of LGBT History © People's History Musuem

OUTing the Past: The National Festival of LGBT History

On the opening weekend of our Never Going Underground exhibition, join us to celebrate LGBT History Month!  On Sunday 26 February 2017, our jam-packed programme in partnership with Schools Out includes talks, discussions, tours, theatre and music.  Hear from international human rights activist and co-founder of the Harvey Milk Foundation, Stuart Milk; discover extensive archives and photographs relating to LGBT+ activism from Lancashire Archives and The London School of Economics; hear from trade unions championing LGBT+ equality; go on a journey through the history of trans and gender variant representation in music; and much, much more!
  Wonder Women

Wonder Women @ PHM

Taking place from Thursday 2 to Sunday 12 March 2017, Wonder Women is Manchester’s radical, feminist festival of talks, exhibitions, theatre, music, workshops and tours across the city, led by cultural institutions, independent artists, women’s groups and networks.  Celebrate Wonder Women at PHM and delve into our archives and write a letter to an inspirational woman; meet a Victorian match girl on strike; join a discussion on workplace equality for women; celebrate the stories of queer women at a pop up cinema event; join our monthly creative textile workshop looking at women’s working lives today; and much more at PHM and across the city.