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Black History Month at People’s History Museum

Black History Month at People’s History Museum

The museum has an exciting line up of events and activities to celebrate Black History Month this October

25 September 2015

Black History Month 2015

2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the Race Relations Act, which was the first legislation in the UK to address racial discrimination.  Our Living History performance No Bed of Roses explores the experiences of Gabrielle, who moves from St Kitts to Britain in the 1950s, and examines the racism of the time.  Our Living History performances can be booked throughout the year by schools and community groups.  To find out more contact our Learning Team on learning@phm.org.uk or 0161 838 9190.

Our Black Radicals Season will celebrate the lives of some of our 100 Radical Heroes, the men and women who believed in ideas worth fighting for.  They dared to challenge convention and believed in the spirit of fairness, co-operation and people power.  They were pioneers who changed history and made life better for ordinary working people.  Join our Living History performance Slavery & Suffrage and discover more about the life of William Cuffay, son of a freed slave who became a Chartist leader and campaigned for the right to vote.  Visitors also have the opportunity to meet living radical Viv Anderson, the first black footballer to play for England.

A series of blog posts will highlight the achievements of other black Radical Heroes including Jayaben Desai, the leader of the Grunwick Dispute, suffragette Princess Sophia Duleep Singh and singer and civil rights activist Paul Robeson.  We also invite you to nominate your own Black Radical Hero to add to our list.  Tweet us @PHMMcr using the hashtag #blackradicalhero.

Black History is celebrated throughout the museum’s displays and collections, visit everyday from 10.00am to 5.00pm.  See individual event details below.

15 October 2015, Living History - Slavery & Suffrage @ People's History MuseumThurs 15 October
Living History performance: Slavery & Suffrage – William Cuffay’s Story
This Black History Month discover more about the life of Radical Hero William Cuffay.  This performance explores the horrors of the slave trade and how it fuelled the Industrial Revolution.  Meet William Cuffay, son of a freed slave, who became a Chartist leader and campaigned for the right to vote.
Family Friendly activity, suitable for over 9s to adults
Booking required via Eventbrite
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation.  Suggested donation £3
1.15pm – 2.00pm

15 October 2015, Radical Hero - An audience with Viv Anderson @ People's History MuseumThurs 15 October
Radical Hero – An audience with Viv Anderson
The Football Association invite you to celebrate Black History Month with Radical Hero Viv Anderson.  Viv Anderson was the first black footballer to play for England and features on our list of 100 Radical Heroes.
Suitable for adults and young people
Booking required via Eventbrite
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation.  Suggested donation £5
7.00pm – 9.00pm

29 October 2015, Living History - No Bed of Roses @ People's History MuseumThurs 29 October
Living History performance: No Bed of Roses – From the Caribbean to Manchester
Meet Gabrielle and help with her life-changing decision to move from the Caribbean to Manchester in the 1950s.  To celebrate Black History Month.
Family Friendly activity, suitable for over 7s to adults
Booking required via Eventbrite
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation.  Suggested donation £3
1.15pm – 2.00pm