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Unlocking Ideas Project

Unlocking Ideas Worth Fighting For

In collaboration with Salford’s Working Class Movement Library, the museum was awarded a grant from the Esmee Fairbairn Trust to research, find and unlock the hidden collections of both institutions and make links between them.  The project ran from November 2012 to July 2014.

A 24 hour Hackathon, themed Open Days, QR codes in the galleries of the People’s History Museum, a blog and twitter feed, object handling events, joint tours, articles and talks are just some of the ways Unlocking Ideas has taken collections beyond the confines of the store and brought them to new audiences.  There was also a finale exhibition showcasing the outcomes of the project and it is hoped this exhibition will be temporarily installed at the People’s History Museum in the future.

The blog and twitter account will remain up and running so people can continue to find out about the project, but they will not be added to.  If you would like any more information about the project you can contact Chris Burgess, Curator at the People’s History Museum, on

Museums Association Esmee Fairbairn Collections FundWorking Class Movement Library


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