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Wonder Women Radical Manchester

12 February 2014

Wonder Women Radical Manchester

The museum is really excited to be part of Wonder Women Radical Manchester, a programme of cultural events shining a spotlight on women change makers, past and present.  Join us for a fabulous season of events celebrating the achievements of women.

Sat 22 February
Purchasing Power: women and the co-operative movement since the 19th century
Founded in 1883, the Women’s Co-operative Guild rapidly became the largest working class women’s organisation in Britain, mobilising thousands of female consumers for economic, social and political change.  Join Rachael Vorberg-Rugh, resarcher at the Co-operative College for this fascinating talk introducing some of the co-operative ‘wonder women’ who made their voices heard in the decades before women gained the right to vote.
Suitable for adults and young people
Booking advised, please contact 0161 838 9190 or info@phm.org.uk
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
1.00pm – 2.00pm

Mon 24 February – Sun 27 April
Vanishing for the Vote
This exhibition tells the story of one extraordinary night, Sunday 2 April 1911.  Following demands from the Liberal government for every household to comply with its census requirements, suffragette organisations urged women, all still voteless, to boycott.  Many did.  Some wrote ‘Votes for Women’ boldly across their census forms.  Others hid in darkened houses or, in the case of Emily Wilding Davison, in a cupboard within the Houses of Parliament.  Also part of Manchester Histories Festival.
Suitable for all ages
In order to keep our exhibitions programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
10.00am – 5.00pm

Mon 3 March
Snapshot on Women
Did you know the museum holds an archive of over 80,000 photographs?  Go behind the scenes and delve into our unique photo collections, the Labour Party photograph collection and the Communist Party of Great Britain photograph collection.  In this lunchtime drop in session, browse through photographs on the theme of women and uncover history through the lens.
Suitable for adults and young people
Booking advised, please contact 0161 838 9190 or info@phm.org.uk
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
12.30pm – 1.30pm

Fri 7 March
Women’s History gallery tour
Women’s role in British politics is much more than the Pankhursts.  Come for a tour and explore women’s role in the public performance that was politics in the late 18th century.  Examine the ideas of early feminists likes Mary Wollstonecraft and see how the votes for women campaign grew.  The tour will finish in Main Gallery Two with an examination of those women who fought for equal pay, a more peaceful world and, love her or hate her, Britain’s first female Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher.
Suitable for adults and young people
Booking required via Eventbrite
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
1.15pm – 2.00pm

Sat 8 March
Suffragette Legacy Conference
From BBC One’s The Village and David Bowie’s Suffragette City to Femen activists and Pussy Riot, the suffragette legacy is everywhere in modern culture.   As part of the Manchester Wonder Women events celebrating International Women’s Day 2014, this one day conference seeks to bring together academics, artists, politicians and activists to present and speak about how their work is affected by the suffragette legacy of feminism.  Welcoming academic papers, feminist theory, dance, music or other, this one day conference wishes to bring together different people to reflect on the important, but often complex, legacy of the suffragettes. Within an interdisciplinary context we wish to explore if, how and why the movement still matters in politics, academia, the arts and other aspects of modern Manchester.
Suitable for adults and young people
Booking required via Eventbrite
£25 / £15 concessions, students or unwaged – proof required
10.00am – 4.00pm

Sat 8 March
Living History performance: The Hard Way Up – A Suffragette’s Story
Celebrate International Women’s Day and watch our Living History character based on the life of suffragette Hannah Mitchell.  She spoke out for women and the poor and became a peace campaigner after World War I.  This event has been kindly supported by a grant from Manchester City Council.
Family Friendly activity, suitable for over 7s to adults
Booking required via Eventbrite
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
1.15pm – 2.00pm

Sun 9 March
Women as Peacemakers City Centre Trail
Celebrate International Women’s Day and join our Green Badge Tour Guide Suzanne Hindle, on a walking tour around the city centre.  Uncover the stories of historical and modern Manchester women and find out about their contribution to harmony through radicalism, war effort, nursing, science and community work.  This event has been kindly supported by a grant from Manchester City Council.
Family Friendly activity, suitable for over 10s to adults
Booking required via Eventbrite
Meet at the People’s History Museum, walk through the city centre and end back at the museum
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
2.00pm – 4.00pm

Fri 14 March 
Women’s History gallery tour
Women’s role in British politics is much more than the Pankhursts.  Come for a tour and explore women’s role in the public performance that was politics in the late 18th century.  Examine the ideas of early feminists likes Mary Wollstonecraft and see how the votes for women campaign grew.  The tour will finish in Main Gallery Two with an examination of those women who fought for equal pay, a more peaceful world and, love her or hate her, Britain’s first female Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher.
Suitable for adults and young people
Booking required via Eventbrite
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
1.15pm – 2.00pm

Sat 15 March
Pecha Kucha
Pecha Kucha Manchester is coming back to the People’s History Museum!  Pecha Kucha is an informal presentation event where people are invited to talk about any subject they wish (in this case on the theme of women) as long as they follow one simple rule – you can only use 20 slides and each have to be up for 20 seconds.  This allows for quick, straight to the point presentations which both engage and educate.
Suitable for adults and young people
Booking required via Eventbrite 
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
6.00pm – 8.00pm

Sat 29 March
Woman’s Outlook: a surprisingly modern magazine?
Join Natalie Bradbury, writer, researcher and Information Co-ordinator at the Co-operative College, for this fascinating talk.  Between 1919 and 1967 the women of the co-operative movement had their own magazine, Woman’s Outlook.  Providing an enticing mix of the personal and the political, Woman’s Outlook was surprisingly similar to women’s magazines today, and its concerns such as women’s representation in parliament, equal pay and healthy eating remain ever-relevant.  Also part of Manchester Histories Festival.
Suitable for adults and young people
Booking advised via Eventbrite
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
1.00pm – 2.00pm

Sat 29 March
Vanishing for the Vote – author talk and book signing
The Liberal government demanded every household comply with its census requirements.  So suffragette organisations urged women, all still voteless, to boycott.  Many did.  Join author and research fellow Dr Jill Liddington for the fascinating insight into the events of Census Night 1911.  Jill is co-author of One Hand Tied behind Us which quickly became a suffrage classic.  Her most recent book, Rebel Girls:Their Fight For The Vote was shortlisted for the Portico Book Prize.
Suitable for adults and young people.  Also part of Manchester Histories Festival.
Booking required via Eventbrite
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
3.00pm – 4.30pm