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Spring 2013

  • Half Term Family Fun
  • New Community Gallery exhibition
  • Museums at Night - Protest Music Festival
  • Manchester Sound: The Massacre

Half Term Family Fun

Visit the museum this Half Term and enjoy some Family Friendly fun!  Visit our Hidden exhibition and be inspired to create your own masterpieces at our Props & Costumes craft table, or create your own powerful portrait in our artist-led Hidden Faces workshop.  Meet William Cuffay and find out more about the slave trade in our Living History performance Slavery & Suffrage and you can bring your very little ones to meet Little Bee and follow his adventures in our Little PHM story session Beeing Special.  There’s also the usual hands-on stuff in every gallery for all ages to enjoy.

Manchester Motoring Memories – opening Saturday 6 July

Take a look back at Manchester’s motoring history in this fascinating new Community Gallery exhibition.  Running until Sunday 15 September, Manchester Motoring Memories looks back to how the people of Manchester took to ‘mass motoring’ in the 1950s, 60s and 70s.  Through interviews of first-time motorists and salesmen in Manchester in the 1960s, this exhibition looks at how our streets changed, what we did with our cars, and how they changed our lives.  Come along and share your motoring memories of Manchester.

Did you know you can book the pARTicipate workshop The Art of Protest for groups?


Did you know the museum holds the world’s largest collection of historic trade union banners?


Museums at Night - Protest Music Festival, Saturday 18 May

Come along and enjoy a special programme of contemporary protest music and explore the museum during this late night opening to celebrate Museums at Night 2013.  Kicking off the evening is local singer-songwriter Quiet Loner with ‘The making of a protest album (in 5 easy steps)’.  Then NOISE, the organisers of our Community Gallery exhibition The Art of Protest, will take over with NOISEstock, a ‘sit-in’ festival feel evening of leading and emerging musicians.  Visitors will have the opportunity to explore the museum out of hours and find out more about the history of protest, including our protest music section in Main Gallery Two.

Manchester Sound: The Massacre

Two of Manchester’s most iconic eras are about to collide - and you’re on the guest list.  Running from Saturday 8 June to Saturday 6 July, Manchester Sound: The Massacre is the dynamic finale to the Library Theatre Company’s programme of must-see site-specific theatre experiences.  This unique production brings the changing face of protest in our radical city vividly to life – melding the Peterloo Massacre of 1819 to the illegal rave parties of the late 80s acid house scene, through to today.  Why not visit the museum and join our free Radical Manchester tour on Friday 24 May, 1.15pm – 2.00pm and discover how Manchester’s radical past sent shockwaves through history.