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The People’s Postcards writing competition

13 March 2013

Hannah Mitchell, 'The Hard Way Up' Living History performance © People's History Museum

We are delighted to announce details of our exciting new writing competition, The People’s Postcards.  Our competition will work in partnership with the regional contest Postcards from the Past, a collaboration between Manchester Children’s Book Festival and the Manchester Literature Festival, supported by Manchester Metropolitan University and the Midland Hotel.

Come along to the museum and be inspired by the stories of ideas worth fighting for.  Choose a historical figure represented in our galleries such as Hannah Mitchell, Keir Hardie or Ellen Wilkinson, and explore our galleries to find out more about their life.  Then use your creativity to write a postcard from their perspective!  You could also focus on a particular event, such as the Peterloo Massacre and use your imagination to create a fictional character who was involved in the event.

The competition is free to enter and open to everyone.  Each month we’ll select our top five entries and enter them into the Postcards from the Past competition.  The grand prize for the overall competition is your postcard illustrated and printed professionally.  We would love a PHM winner, so sharpen your pencils and get writing!

Please note, due to the terms and conditions of the regional contest, only entrants aged eight and over will be entered in the Postcard from the Past competition, however our competition is open to all.

The competition will run from Monday 4 March until Sunday 2 June 2013.  Winners will be announced on Monday 17 June 2013 via our website.  In addition to the exciting MMU prize, our winner will receive vouchers to spend in the museum’s shop!  There will be four PHM winners in the following age groups:

  • 0 – 12
  • 12 – 16
  • 16 – 18
  • 18+

Find out more about the regional Postcards from the Past competition.

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