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Museum celebrates Manchester Histories Festival 2012

Museum celebrates Manchester Histories Festival 2012

20 February 2012

The museum is delighted to be hosting a range of events to celebrate this year’s Manchester Histories Festival, running from Friday 24 February to Sunday 4 March 2012.

MHF is a celebration of Greater Manchester’s unique history and heritage, through a ten day programme of events and activities.  With a wide range of activity from talks and walks, to film showings and games to play, there is something to suit all ages and backgrounds.  Visit the museum and enjoy the following events and exhibitions to celebrate Manchester Histories Festival 2012:

Fri 24 February – Sun 1 April
Community Gallery: Women Like You
Created by artist Charlotte Newson, Women Like You is the first contemporary portrait of suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst – created by photo-mosaic containing 10,000 images of inspirational women sent in by members of the public.  Each photo celebrates the extraordinary lives of ordinary women:  grandmothers, mothers, aunties and sisters; best friends, teachers, colleagues, scientists and politicians to peace-workers – in short, women like you!
Please note the artwork will not be on display at the museum on Saturday 3 or Sunday 4 March.  It will be on display at Manchester Town Hall for Manchester Histories Festival 2012 Celebration Day on Saturday 3 March.

Fri 24 February
Radical Manchester
Get ready for Manchester Histories Festival and celebrate all things Mancunian on this guided tour of the main galleries of the People’s History Museum.
Suitable for adults.  No booking required.
1.15pm – 2.00pm

Sat 25 February
Meet the Artist
Meet artist Charlotte Newson who created Women Like You, the first contemporary portrait of suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst.  Discover how Charlotte created the portrait and how long it took, as well as some of the amazing stories of the women whose photos she used to create the portrait.
Suitable for all ages.  No booking required, drop in activity.
10.30am – 1.00pm

Sat 25 February
Mirth in the Mill Community Gallery exhibition tour
Join the curators of our Community Gallery exhibition Mirth in the Mill, Alan Fowler and Terry Wyke, of Manchester Metropolitan University, on this fascinating tour. 
Suitable for adults.  No booking required.
2.30pm  – 3.30pm

Sat 25 February – Sun 4 March
Manchester & Lancashire Family History Society
The museum’s collection includes the archive of the Communist Party of Great Britain.  The Manchester and Lancashire Family History Society have researched the family history of some of the local CPGB members from the 1950s – discover their fascinating findings on display in the museum.  The display will also include relevant materials from our archive.
Family Friendly activity, suitable for all ages.  No booking required.
10.00am – 5.00pm

Sun 26 February
Clarion Cycling Club and family cycle rides
Enjoy guided family cycle rides from Bolton and Stockport, both arriving at the museum where we will then welcome the Clarion Cycling Club (CCC), arriving on their penny farthings and vintage cycles.  Take the opportunity to speak to riders and see their cycles up close.  Explore the museum displays of Clarion material from our collections, followed by a guided family cycle ride with the CCC riders to the Working Class Movement Library where they will treat us to a Clarion tea!
Family Friendly activity.  Suitable for all ages.  No booking required.
Meeting Points:
- Bolton: Meet at Bolton Town Hall.  Postcode BL1 1RU.  Grid Reference: SJ717092
- Stockport: Meet at junction of A6 (Wellington Road North) and Bowerfold Lane (at the corner of Safestore).  This junction is part of the Trans-Pennine Trail.  Postcode SK4 2LS.  Grid Reference: SJ889908
- Leaving Bolton at 9.30am (meet at 9.00am)
- Leaving Stockport at 10.00am (meet at 9.30am)
- Leaving PHM at 12.00pm
10.00am – 2.00pm

Sun 26 February
Living History performance: Moving Stories
Meet Anita Sharma, at school in Manchester in the 1960s, as she describes her summer holiday trip to Bombay with her parents who were born there.  Follow her journey to adulthood as she explores her identity.
Suitable for over 7s to adults.  No booking required.
12.00pm – 12.30pm

Sat 3 March
Living History performance: Slavery & Suffrage – William Cuffay’s Story
Meet William Cuffay, son of a freed slave, who became a Chartist leader and campaigned for the right to vote. This performance explores the horrors of the slave trade and how it fuelled the Industrial Revolution.
Suitable for over 7s to adults.
No booking required.
11.00am – 11.45am

To find out more about Manchester Histories Festival 2012, please visit their website.