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Learning – January 2016

  • Learning Private View of Grafters
  • Creative Writing: Every Object Tells A Story workshop
  • Introduction to Archives
  • International Women's Day @ PHM
  • Learning resources @ PHM shop
  • National Centre for Citizenship and the Law (NCCL)
6 February - 14 August 2016, Grafters - Industrial society in image and word @ People's History Museum. Navvies, Manchester Ship Canal by W E Birtles © Chethams Library

Learning Private View of Grafters, Friday 5 February 2016, 6.00pm – 8.00pm

The museum’s upcoming exhibition Grafters: Industrial society in image and word will show how the working classes went from objects in photos, to representations of industry, to photographers themselves.  The exhibition is curated by documentary photographer Ian Beesley and accompanied by poetry from Ian McMillan, giving new voices to the unknown people captured in the images.  Teachers, tutors and group leaders are invited to this special event; RSVP by Friday 29 January 2016 on 0161 838 9190 or email
  Creative Writing: Every Object Tells A Story @ People's History Museum

Creative Writing: Every Object Tells A Story workshop

Let our amazing collections inspire your learners in this exciting workshop.  Using ‘hot seating’ drama techniques, participants give a ‘voice’ to an historical object and create an original poem or story to perform in the galleries.  Feedback from a recent session: ‘This workshop helped the students look at aspects of history and literacy within the curriculum...particularly useful as the object stimulus was based in the local area’.  This session will be offered at a reduced rate for the duration of the Grafters exhibition.  Please contact the Learning Team for more information.
May Day procession during the General Strike, 1926

Labour History Archive & Study Centre – May Day procession during the General Strike, 1926

This image is from the Communist Party of Great Britain archive, which is held within the museum's collection.  It shows a portion of the May Day procession passing the Memorial Hall in London.  The photograph was taken at the very moment that the decision to call the 1926 General Strike was announced.  Groups can book an Introduction to Archives session to explore fascinating correspondence, minutes, newspapers, journals and photographs held within our archive.
  13 March 2016, Make It Happen City Centre Trail @ People's History Museum

International Women’s Day at PHM

Join a range of events at PHM to celebrate International Women's Day 2016.  Take part in The Fabric of Protest workshop on Saturday 5 March, enjoy The Hard Way Up – A Suffragette’s Story, a Living History performance based on the life of Hannah Mitchell on Tuesday 8 March, or join the Make it Happen City Centre Trail on Sunday 13 March.  These events are supported by a grant from Manchester City Council.  School and community groups can also book the performance for their learners.
Rise Like Lions and The 1842 General Strike by Mark Krantz

Learning resources available in the PHM shop

Mark Krantz’s pamphlets Rise Like Lions and The 1842 General Strike provide a perfect way to learn more about the events shown in the PHM galleries.  Krantz breaks the pamphlets up into readable, gentle, intellectual snapshots of each moment.  Krantz offers everybody involved in the events such as Peterloo and the 1842 General Strike a voice.  You can purchase both pamphlets and a range of other Learning resources in the museum shop.  
  Living History performance - The Hard Way Up @ People's History Museum

National Centre for Citizenship and the Law (NCCL)

NCCL delivers inspiring educational workshops at legal and heritage sites across the UK and are working with PHM to deliver a study day looking at the suffragettes.  The day will include taking part in a Living History session The Hard Way Up – A Suffragette’s Story at PHM and a visit to Manchester Crown Court.  To book a study day for your group, contact or call 07912 000 493.