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Museum celebrates first birthday

Museum celebrates first birthday

17 February 2011

Ideas are still worth fighting for

The People’s History Museum is about to celebrate its first birthday.  After a soft opening in February 2010 the newly extended museum was officially opened on 5 March by Andy Burnham MP.  Since 6 March last year we have been busy welcoming lots of visitors keen to find out that there have always been ideas worth fighting for.

We have decided to extend our birthday and are celebrating our first year for two weeks – from Saturday 19 February to Sunday 6 March

Come along and help us celebrate by taking part in some birthday themed events for all ages to enjoy.  Activities include a self-service craft table where you can get creative and have a go at making your own party hat, explore the museum with our ‘firsts’ trail and win a limited edition prize and try some delicious birthday cakes in the Left Bank cafe.  The museum is open every day from 10.00am to 5.00pm and all activities are free (except for the cakes!)

In addition, other February half term events are:

Monday 21 February
Living History performance: Read All About It! – Papers, Protest and Peterloo
1.30pm – 2.15pm
Discover the headlines behind Peterloo, cotton mills, child labour and the right to vote with Bronterre O’Brien.
Family Friendly activity. Suitable for over 7s to adults. No booking required. Free.

Tuesday 22 February
The Little People’s History Museum – Beeing Special
11.00am – 12.00pm

Follow Little Bee’s adventures to find out why he became the hero of Victorian Manchester.
Family Friendly activity. Suitable for under 5s and their grown ups. Booking required. £1.

Wednesday 23 February
Sew a sampler book mark
1.30pm – 3.30pm
Learn about the memorial samplers shown in the Death and the Working Class changing exhibition and sew your own mini sampler bookmark.
Family Friendly activity. Suitable for over 7s to adults. No booking required. £1.50. 

Throughout these two weeks the museum will be publishing a fact a day about the first year of being open via twitter.  Sign up and follow us @PHMMcr (  Find out how many visitors we welcomed, how many cups of tea were sold in the cafe, how many badges have been made in the galleries and lots more. 

The museum has very recently found out that it’s in the running for the Art Fund Prize 2011.  This is the most prestigious arts prize in the UK and we are one of ten museums to be selected.  Please support the museum by voting for us in the online poll.