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Summer 2016

  • Family Friendly summer fun
  • New exhibition – Loitering With Intent
  • Ideas worth conserving
  • Revolutionary Textiles at the Whitworth
3 August 2016, Make your Mark - graffiti prints @ People's History Museum

Family Friendly summer fun

Make Your Mark every Wednesday afternoon of the summer holidays, inspired by creative campaigns of the past.  Tell us what your idea worth fighting for is through screen-printing your own t-shirt, creating a graffiti print, stitching an embroidered patch, painting a protest scarf, and more!  Join a march to Peterloo in Living History performance Read All About It! and bring your very little ones to meet Matilda as she goes Under the Rainbow in our Little PHM story session.  Explore the rest of the museum and discover more hands-on stuff in every gallery.
  23 July - 14 October 2016, Loitering With Intent. The Art and Politics of Walking in Manchester and Beyond @ People's History Museum. Image © Rachel Ravey

Loitering With Intent

We are delighted to be working with The LRM (Loiterers Resistance Movement), who are bringing a unique new exhibition to our Community Gallery.  Running from Saturday 23 July to Friday 14 October, Loitering With Intent. The Art and Politics of Walking in Manchester and Beyond brings together artists, activists and loiterers from Manchester and beyond who share The LRM’s interest in psychogeography, public space and uncovering the secret stories of the city.  There is an exciting programme of events to accompany the exhibition; walk, play, wander and wonder with The LRM, as they take their theory on to the streets where it belongs.

Create your own piece of protest art at our monthly Fabric of Protest workshops


Join our monthly discussion on political talking points and Have Your Say!

Textile Conservation Studio @ People's History Museum

Ideas worth conserving

The Textile Conservation Studio is a unique aspect to our displays at PHM; as a visitor to the museum you can view the studio from Main Gallery Two and see conservation in action!  We not only work on textiles from our own collections but also take in work from other museums, organisations and individuals.  Although we specialise in banner conservation, our conservators are experienced in dealing with a wide variety of textiles and our Conservation Team is led by an accredited member of Icon (Institute of Conservation).  Income earned from outside contracts goes directly towards our collections, exhibitions and Learning Programme.
  Josef Hillenbrand, Hand block printing, 1926-1929. Revolutionary Textiles 1910-1939 @ the Whitworth

Revolutionary Textiles 1910-1939

Visit our friends at the Whitworth and see this stunning exhibition, on display until Sunday 29 January 2017.  In the early decades of the 20th century, textile design took off in new directions throughout the western world.  Invigorated by experimental techniques, art styles such as Fauvism, man-made fibres, and the Ballets Russes, this outburst of creativity took place against a backdrop of political ferment.  Among the works featured in this exhibition are fabric lengths, garments and samples designed or produced by the Omega Workshops, Paul Poiret, Raoul Dufy, Barron and Larcher, Cryséde, Josef Hillerbrand, Ruth Reeves, Marion Dorn, and Bauhaus-trained Otti Berger.