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Learning – Spring 2012

  • Living History news
  • Mr Ordinary’s Prize picture book
  • Visit the Archive
  • Community groups at PHM

Moving Stories and Slavery & Suffrage – William Cuffay’s Story

We are delighted to announce that we have two new actors for our Living History performances Moving Stories and Slavery & Suffrage – William Cuffay’s StoryMoving Stories explores the life of Anita Sharma, whose parents moved to Britain from Bombay in the 1950s.  Meet William Cuffay in our Slavery & Suffrage performance, the son of a freed slave, who became a Chartist leader and campaigned for the right to vote.  These performances can be booked for school and adult groups.

Mr Ordinary’s Prize: Illustrating Manchester’s Heritage

We are thrilled to have received Heritage Lottery Funding to transform one of our popular Little PHM storytelling workshops, Mr Ordinary’s Prize, into an illustrated picture book.  The book will be launched on Sunday 8 July as part of Manchester Children’s Book Festival and schools and early years centres will be able to order their free copy soon after.  Author Emily Capstick and illustrator Adam Pryce are working hard to bring the animals from the Manchester Coat of Arms to life!

The Labour History Archive and Study Centre

Bring your group to visit the Labour History Archive and Study Centre and discover the national collection documenting the political wing of the labour movement from the end of the 19th century to the present day.  Our two main collections are the Labour Party and the Communist Party of Great Britain archives.  The collections document a wealth of information about the political, social and economic history of Britain from the end of the 19th through to the early 21st century.  Ideal for groups wanting to use primary source material.

Community groups at PHM

The wellbeing programme has presented the museum in new ways to community groups: ‘It celebrates the ordinary things...loads of Manchester people will relate to what’s here’ (Hulme resident). ‘It’s such a nice feeling, to be inspired’ (Pool Arts member). ‘It’s been a great experience, the residents enjoyed their visits and a number of genuine cultural champions have emerged through the process’ (Head of Regeneration, City South Manchester). Visit with your group and discover the stories behind the museum’s motto ‘there have always been ideas worth fighting for’.