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New banners on display for 2012

New banners on display for 2012

9 January 2012

Starting this week our annual banner changeover begins.  Because we have so many wonderful banners in our collection, and as some of them are very delicate, it is best to limit the amount of time each one is on public display.  This means that once a year we change lots of the banners on display in the main galleries.  As a result, visitors are able to see a selection of different banners and those banners that have been on show for the last year are able to be rested.

There are two banners that are on display for the very first time this year: The Operative Grain Millers banner and The Typographical Association Preston Branch banner.  The latter has been painstakingly conserved in our Textile Conservation Studio over the last year or so.

Some of the new banners have connections to significant events or anniversaries in 2012:

The Typographical Association Preston Branch banner – 2012 is the year of the Preston Guild – an event that has taken place every 20 years in the town since the 16th century.

The womens struggle won the vote, use it for disarmament banner – 12 December 2012 marks 30 years since 30,000 women joined to ‘Embrace the Base’, linking arms around the nine mile perimeter fence at cruise missile base Greenham Common in Berkshire.

Raise higher the red banners of the classe struggle! banner – 2012 marks 100 years since Lenin’s Bolshevik group expelled the Mensheviks from the Communist Party. The group later came to power following the Russian Revolution of 1917.

2012 also marks 175 years since banner makers George Tutill was founded in London.  Numerous Tutill banners are on display in the museum galleries.      

w/c Monday 9 January – Main Gallery One will be closed. 

w/c Monday 16 January – Main Gallery Two will be closed.