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Digest and discuss the US Election at PHM

Digest and discuss the US Election at PHM

Will the morning of 9 November 2016 see the first woman to enter the White House as President or will Trump triumph?  We invite you to digest and discuss this momentous occasion.

4 November 2016

It's now or never! © Paul Peter Piech

It's now or never! © Paul Peter Piech The results of this election are too nail biting to experience in solitude, so politics enthusiasts and early birds alike are invited to gather together on the morning of Wednesday 9 November to digest the results of one of the most memorable US Election campaigns of all time.

In addition to feeding political debate, the museum will also be providing nourishment in the form of a delicious American style fry up with bacon, fried egg, maple syrup and pancakes (£4.25) or pancakes, bananas and maple syrup (£3.75), both of which will be available to purchase from The Left Bank cafe bar.

As well as watching the results roll in, visitors can explore the work of another prominent American in the new exhibition, Dedicated to all Defenders of Human Freedoms. The Art of Paul Peter Piech.  Piech, who was born in New York in 1920, was one of the most remarkable printmakers of the 20th century.  An artist, humanitarian and campaigner, Piech’s work takes on global issues, reflects the horrors of war and makes stark political comment, much of which resonates with issues that have been at the It's now or never! © Paul Peter Piech forefront of the US Election campaign.  Visitors will see Piech’s powerful political work, set against his more melodic prints illuminating his passion for jazz and the American poet Walt Whitman.

Having worked as an advertising man on both sides of the Atlantic, Piech cleverly uses popular iconography such as the American flag to communicate his message, much in the way the election candidates manipulate images of patriotism to their own advantage.

When you’ve digested the election results, join our monthly discussion event Have Your Say!  On Thursday 24 November, Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) tutor Mark Krantz will facilitate a discussion, whilst PHM staff draw links from the topics discussed to the museum’s collection.  This month’s discussion will look at the question ‘America: friend or foe?’  How does the US President-elect impact on the politics and people of the UK?  Join us and Have Your Say!

For another taste of American history, visitors can also pop into the main galleries to see the desk used by Thomas Paine in 1792 to write The Rights of Man, the book in which he argues against hereditary governments, and which was highly influential in fuelling the American Revolution.

Full event details below:

Wed 9 November
Digest the US Election
Will the USA elect their first woman President?  Or will Trump triumph?  Buy a special American style breakfast from The Left Bank cafe bar and watch the results roll in.
Suitable for adults, young people and early birds
No booking required
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation.
Suggested donation £3
7.00am – 11.00am

Thurs 10 November
Radicals Assemble! After hours at the PHM
Ideas worth fighting for have often been debated under the cover of darkness, in secret and away from prying eyes.  On the second Thursday of the month, we invite you to join the radicals at the PHM for a series of special after hours events.  We’ll be showcasing radical heroes, debating current events and hosting exciting and quirky happenings.  Our galleries will be open all evening for you to explore.  Get in touch if you’d like to hold a (not-so) secret meeting, arrange a tour or Learning session for your group, or if you have any ideas for bringing the museum to life.
Suitable for adults and young people
No booking required.  Some events may be ticketed
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation.
Suggested donation £3
5.00pm – 8.00pm

Thurs 10 November
The Art of Paul Peter Piech exhibition tour
Join our curator on an inspirational tour of our current changing exhibition and discover the art of Paul Peter Piech.
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 £3
6.00pm – 6.45pm

Thurs 24 November
Have Your Say!  ‘America: friend or foe?’
Come along to this monthly discussion event where Mark Krantz will facilitate a discussion on the political talking point of that month, whilst PHM staff draw links from the topics discussed to the museum’s collection.  This month’s discussion will look at the question ‘America: friend or foe?’  How does the US President-elect impact on the politics and people of the UK?  Join us and Have Your Say!
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 £3
1.00pm – 3.00pm