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September 2014

  • Work in Progress closing party
  • Politics, Posters, Protest conference
  • New WEA learning course
  • New exhibition at The Civic, Barnsley

15 August 2014, People's Protest @ People's History Museum © Claire Curtin

Work in Progress

Over the summer we’ve been asking you to Play Your Part and get involved with our Work in Progress exhibition.  We’ve had an action packed programme of events, workshops and meetings.  You’ve shared your stories, created music with pots and pans, marched on a People’s Protest, discovered the power of disco to fight racism, crafted messages of hope and much much more!  There’s still a few days left to get involved, and you can come and see for yourself what we’ve been up to at our Closing Party this Sunday 14 September, 10.00am – 5.00pm.  We’d love to see you there!
  10 October, Politics, Posters, Protest - British Political Posters 1914-2014 @ People's History Museum

Politics, Posters, Protest: British Political Posters 1914-2014

In the run up to the general election 2015, curators, campaigners and designers will explore the significance of the poster to the past, current and future British political debate.  Confirmed speakers include Jeremy Sinclair, founder of Saatchi & Saatchi and creator of many of the Conservative Party’s most famous adverts, and Peter Kennard, Senior Research Reader in Photography, Art and the Public Domain at the Royal College of Art, best known for the images he created for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) in the 1970s-80s.  Come and debate posters at the museum on Friday 10 October.

Celebrate Heritage Open Days on a behind the scenes tour of our collections store this Sat 13 September


Join Hazel Blears MP at the exhibition launch for Colours, Community and Chemistry on Mon 22 September

Glasgow Rent Strike, World War I

Fighting for a Land Fit for Heroes

Three political campaigns – women’s suffrage, the conditions of workers, and Irish Home Rule – were halted as people rallied to a war that they were told ‘would be over by Christmas.’  As the museum’s exhibition A Land Fit For Heroes states, ‘by Christmas 1914 the trade union movement had contributed 250,000 men to the effort.’  But as the war dragged on opposition to it grew and the old political questions returned.  Fighting for a Land Fit for Heroes is a three week course that examines how the war impacted on the suffragettes, trades unions and the Irish struggle.
  Coalfields - A Legacy of The Miners' Strike @ The Civic, Barnsley © Andrew Foley

Coalfields: A Legacy of The Miners' Strike at The Civic, Barnsley

Just a train ride away from the museum, visit The Civic’s new exhibition in which photographer Andrew Foley examines the changed landscape of mining communities since the 1984-85 strike.  Running until Saturday 15 November, the exhibition includes contemporary images from the sites of all 44 collieries in the Barnsley, Doncaster and South Yorkshire Coalfields that were open immediately prior to the dispute.  Visitors will also be able to view Mike Figgis’ 2001 documentary about Jeremy Deller’s The Battle of Orgreave.