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January 2015

  • Banner changeover 2015
  • New Community Gallery exhibition
  • Celebrate LGBT History Month
  • News from the Working Class Movement Library
Banner conservation in the Textile Conservation Studio © People's History Museum

Banner changeover 2015

It’s the start of a new year and time for the museum’s annual banner changeover.  While our Textile Conservation Team prepare the new display of banners, please note Main Gallery One is closed this week, re-opening on Saturday 10 January and Main Gallery Two will be closed from Monday 12 January, re-opening on Saturday 17 January.  Visit again soon and be the first to see lots of newly conserved banners!  Find out more about your favourite banner on our Beautiful Banners tour on Friday 30 January & Friday 27 February, and go behind the scenes on a tour of our Textile Conservation Studio on Friday 20 February.
  24 January 2015 - 19 April 2015, Made In Eccles © Martin O'Neill

Made In Eccles – opens Saturday 24 January

An exhibition of black and white photographs from a working class Eccles lad in the 1970s and 1980s, Martin O’Neill.  ‘I didn’t know I was working class when I was growing up.  I didn’t even know there were such things as classes, come to think of it!  I grew up in Eccles and didn’t think twice that all the houses were joined together in a row...I still didn’t know I was working class when, in 1973, I joined our school camera club and began to photograph everything and anyone around me…’  Visit this fascinating exhibition and take a look back at the Eccles of days gone by.  On display until Sunday 19 April.

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15 Feburary 2015, LGBT History Festival © People's History Musuem

Celebrate LGBT History Month

Join us this February to celebrate the radical heroes who fought for LGBT equality.  We are delighted to be hosting the Sunday hub of the LGBT History Festival on 15 February, including performances, family activities and talks by Peter Tatchell, Mike Jackson and more!  Discover our photo collections on Monday 2 February in Snapshot on LGBT.  You can also book an appointment any time to view our LGBT collections in the Labour History Archive & Study Centre.  We round off the month with This Is How We Got Here: Prejudice and Pride – Stories of Activism from Manchester and Beyond book launch on Saturday 28 February.
  Last shift at Agecroft, 1990 © Lorraine McHugh, courtesy Salford Local History Library

News from the Working Class Movement Library

Our friends at the Working Class Movement Library have lots of events and exhibitions planned for 2015.  To keep up to date, sign up to their fortnightly e-newsletter.  An exhibition by the Irwell Valley Mining Project, Salford's last pit: Agecroft Colliery and the Great Miners' Strike, thirty years on opens at 2.00pm on Tuesday 13 January – all are welcome.  Drop in any time Wednesdays to Fridays, 1.00pm to 5.00pm to see the exhibition, and the ground floor display area.  The Library is changing its Saturday opening for 2015 and is now open on the first Saturday of every month, 10.00am to 4.00pm.