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New banners on display

New banners on display

4 January 2013

New banners on display

Next week will see the annual banner changeover in our main galleries.  The museum has over 400 banners in the collection and some of these are very delicate which means we need to limit the amount of time they are on display to visitors.

Each year we change a large number of the banners that are on display. This means that visitors to the museum are able to see even more banners from our collection and the banners that have been on show throughout 2012 are able to be rested.

We have several banners which will be on public display for the very first time in our new galleries: Arms For Spain banner, Hampstead Labour Party banner, Communist University of London banner, Greenwich Homeworkers Project banner and two banners from the Chile Solidarity Campaign (CSC).

The Hampstead Labour Party banner was conserved in our Textile Conservation Studio in 2012, ready to be on display this year.

Some of the new banners link to anniversaries in 2013:
Peoples March for Jobs banner – 30 years since the march in London in 1983 which was in response to mass unemployment in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Chile Solidarity Campaign banner – 1973 saw the brutal overthrow of the democratic Chilean government in a coup by General Pinochet.  This year marks 40 years since the start of the Chile Solidarity Campaign (CSC).

Votes For Women banner – On 4 June 1913 suffragette Emily Davison ran out in front of King George V’s horse at the Epsom Derby, sustaining fatal injuries.  2013 is the 100th anniversary of Emily Davison’s death.

2013 marks 100 years since the foundation of the National Union of Railwaymen (NUR).

Week commencing 7 January – Main Gallery One will be closed.

Week commencing 14 January – Main Gallery Two will be closed.

During the weekends both galleries will be open to the public.  In addition, visitors can also see the Changing Exhibition Gallery and Community Gallery which will both be open throughout this period.

Banner changeover in action

To watch some short videos of one of the large double sided banners being winched into place, visit the People’s History Museum channel on youtube or click on either of these links below.

Banner being winched into place

Banner being winched into final position

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