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New banner on display for the first time

New banner on display for the first time

3 March 2011

This morning a brand new, freshly conserved banner, has gone on display in the museum galleries. 

The Hyde Socialist Sunday School banner has never been on public display before.  For the past seven months or so it has been painstakingly conserved by one of our expert Conservators in the Textile Conservation Studio.

The banner is made of tightly woven green cotton with embroidery of floss silk.

The banner probably dates from around the mid 1930s and was made by members of Hyde Socialist Church in Greater Manchester.  The Socialist Sunday School movement started in 1892.  It aimed to provide a moral and ethical alternative to Christian Sunday Schools for both adults and children.  By 1912 more than 12,000 people were attending Socialist Sunday School meetings.

Come along to see the banner on display in Main Gallery One.