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PHM celebrates Manchester Histories Festival 2016

PHM celebrates Manchester Histories Festival 2016

Join us for an exciting programme of events celebrating our city’s history

25 May 2016

PHM celebrates Manchester Histories Festival 2016

The museum is delighted to celebrate Manchester Histories Festival 2016, taking place from Friday 3 to Sunday 12 June.  Enjoy ten days of events celebrating the familiar and revealing the new and hidden histories and heritage from across Greater Manchester.  Whether people would describe themselves as histories fans or not, MHF2016 will have something for everyone.11 June 2016, The Little PHM - Beeing Special @ People’s History Museum, illustration © Adam Pryce

Sat 11 June
The Little People’s History Museum – Beeing Special
Meet Little Bee, the bee who wants to be different.  Join in the busy bee dance, search for flowers in the museum and follow Little Bee’s adventure to find out how he becomes the hero of Victorian Manchester.  Fun interactive story session with puppets, song, dance and a craft activity.  Why not tweet a photo of your creation to us @PHMLearn.
Family Friendly activity, suitable for under 5s and their grown ups
Booking required via Eventbrite
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
Suggested donation £3
11.00am – 12.00pm

Thurs 9 June
Radical Hero: An audience with Betty Tebbs - SOLD OUT!Maxine Peake & Betty Tebbs
Living legend Betty Tebbs is the embodiment of a radical hero.  A lifelong activist, Betty has worked tirelessly for women’s rights, workers’ rights and the campaign for peace.  In the early 1950s she successfully led women in the first ever strike for equal pay in the East Lancs Paper Mill in Bury.  She spent 17 years there creating a strong trade union that fought for equal rights across the board.  She has been involved in international peace negotiations, she was the President of the National Assembly for Women, and she has been banned from America.  When she was 89 she was arrested for her anti-Trident protests and continues to campaign well into her nineties.  Hosted by actress and activist Maxine Peake, come along and explore Betty’s extraordinary life.
Suitable for adults and young people
Booking required via Eventbrite
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
Suggested donation £5
6.00pm – 8.00pm

9 June 2016, Radical Assemble! After hours at the PHMThurs 9 June
Radicals Assemble! After hours at the PHM
Ideas worth fighting for have often been debated under the cover of darkness, in secret and away from prying eyes.  On the second Thursday of the month, we invite you to join the radicals at the PHM for a series of special after hours events.  We’ll be showcasing radical heroes, debating current events and hosting exciting and quirky happenings.  Our galleries will be open all evening for you to explore.  This first Radicals Assemble! event includes talks, performances, and an audience with the inspirational activist Betty Tebbs.  Get in touch if you’d like to hold a (not-so) secret meeting, arrange a tour or Learning session for your group, or if you have any ideas for bringing the museum to life.
Suitable for adults and young people
No booking required. Some events may be ticketed
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
Suggested donation £3
5.00pm – 8.00pm

9 June 2016, Aspects of Ageing @ People's History MuseumThurs 9 June
Aspects of Ageing
Ada and Margaret are struggling to come to terms with life as land army girls, and when Margaret falls in love with a German prisoner of war her life becomes even more complicated.  As Margaret settles into married life and motherhood, events take an unexpected turn… Performance by Wythenshawe Good Neighbours.
Suitable for adults and young people over 15.  Some mentions of violence and abusive behaviour
Booking required via Eventbrite
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
Suggested donation £3
5.00pm – 6.00pm

9 June 2016, Dear Friend Backwards in Heels - Women in Politics @ People's History MuseumThurs 9 June
Dear Friend: Backwards and in Heels – Women and Politics
Politics has generally been a male domain, but women have been involved in the political process for a long time.  Some were Queen Regnant, such as Elizabeth I, some campaigned for universal suffrage alongside men, such as Mary Fildes, and some even ran for office, such as Constance Markievicz, Nancy Astor, or Margaret Ashton.  Many women have also been involved in the ongoing struggle for labour rights, equal pay, equal representation, and equal opportunities for all.  Come by the stall, take part in Dear Friend and write a letter to an inspirational woman.
Suitable for adults and young people
No booking required, drop in activity
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
Suggested donation £3
4.30pm – 6.00pm

Thurs 9 June
Manchester Soldier, Manchester Historian: Exploring the Life and Legacy of Mark Hovell9 June 2016, Manchester Soldier, Manchester Historian: Exploring the Life and Legacy of Mark Hovell @ People's History Museum
Mark Hovell died in the trenches in 1916 aged only 28.  He was a historian who left behind a manuscript that, when published, transformed our understanding of key moments in Britain’s political history.  This event will explore the life, work and legacy of this forgotten Manchester born scholar and soldier.  Part of the First World War Centenary Programme.
Suitable for adults and young people
Booking required via Eventbrite
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
Suggested donation £3
3.00pm – 5.00pm

9 & 10 June 2016, We are Suffragists @ People's History MusuemThurs 9 & Fri 10 June
We are Suffragists
Young people from East Lancashire have been working on a Heritage Lottery Funded project called ‘we are suffragist’.  Having researched stories of local suffragists using libraries and the People’s History Museum, the group have produced a video installation uncovering stories of suffragists in Lancashire.  The work hopes to bring to life new stories of pioneering women at the turn of the century.  The film installation lasts for 30 minutes and there are free information packs to take away.
Suitable for all ages
No booking required
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
Suggested donation £3
11.00am – 4.00pm


Sat 4 June

The Battle for the Ballot – the people’s fight for the right to votePHM Songwriter in Residence, Quiet Loner
Singer-songwriter Quiet Loner tells the story of how working people came to have a vote.  Using original songs alongside images and objects from the museum’s collections, this event crosses the centuries to show how the right to vote was won.
Suitable for all ages
Booking required via Eventbrite
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
Suggested donation £5
2.00pm – 3.00pm

Manchester District Music ArchiveSat 4 June
Manchester District Music Archive presents: Activist / Archivist. A Show & Tell event
Passionate about Manchester music?  Interested in hidden histories?  Come to this event and hear fascinating stories from Manchester music’s movers and shakers, told through a series of rarely seen artefacts and materials.  Bring along prized items from your own collection and learn how to archive your music heritage online.
Suitable for adults and young people
Booking advised via Eventbrite
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
Suggested donation £3
12.00pm – 5.00pm (12.00pm – 2.00pm: Scanning Room / 3.00pm – 5.00pm: Show and Tell)

Fri 3 June
Talkin’ ’bout that representation
As part of our Voting for Change project we want to bring together the youth of the 1960s and today’s young people to discuss all matters relating to the right to vote and youth culture.  Come and have your say on the lowering of the voting age to 18 in 1969, and today’s campaign for votes for 16 and 17 year olds.  Bring along your stories, memories and views you have about either campaign!Working Class Movement Library
Suitable for adults and young people
Booking required via Eventbrite
Please note that this event is held at the Working Class Movement Library, 51 The Crescent, Salford M5 4WX
Free
2.00pm – 4.00pm