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Museum welcomes Mayor of Nagasaki

Museum welcomes Mayor of Nagasaki

4 November 2010

The museum is delighted to welcome the Mayor of Nagasaki along with colleagues from the city to Manchester.  Mr Tomihisa Taue together with Cllr Mark Hackett, the Lord Mayor of Manchester, visited the People’s History Museum this morning to look at a new exhibition and unveil a new plaque dedicated to victims of atomic bombs.

The new Community GaGroup unveiling new plaque outside People's History Museum dedicated to victims of atomic bombsllery exhibition is entitled 65 Years On – Remembering the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bomb blasts and was put together by the Peace Promotion Section Nagasaki Municipal Government.  It was brought to the UK by the UK and Ireland Nuclear Free Local Authorities, of which Manchester is one.

The two Mayors were joined by Mr Yoshiro Yamawaki, a survivor of the Nagasaki atomic bomb.  He gave a short speech and will be back at the museum tomorrow to meet with school children across Manchester to talk about his experiences of what life was like in the immediate aftermath of the eveNew plaque outside People's History Museum dedicated to atomic bomb victimsnt and about the health problems he has experienced since. 

The group then went outside to unveil a new plaque dedicated to the victims of atomic bombs which is on the River Irwell side of the museum.  Following the unveiling, the group went on a tour of the new Manchester City Centre Peace and Social Justice Trail led by Jonathan Schofield.  This highlights the progressive social movements which started in Manchester and includes the Peace Gardens on St Peter’s Square, the Peterloo Memorial Plaque outside the Free Trade Hall and the Abraham Lincoln Statue on Brazenose Street.

The exhibition is on display at the museum in the Engine Hall until Sunday 28 November.