Main Gallery Two is on the second floor and starts in 1945 at the end of World War II.
Due to essential maintenance in Main Gallery Two, some exhibits have been taken off display in order to protect them. These include the post war Labour Party posters and items relating to Thatcherism. They will be returned to display by Tues 28 March. If you have any queries, please contact email@example.com.
21 January 2017 — 14 January 2018
Every year the majority of the banners on display in the galleries are changed. For one week each gallery is closed to allow for the changeover to take place. Come and visit to see a new selection of banners – some on public display for the first time.
The first theme of Main Gallery Two is all about politics and protest post 1945. Rather than being revolutionaries, reformers, workers or voters, have we become citizens?
This theme looks at Britain after the vote has been secured for all. Politics from 1950 to 1979, then 1979 to almost the present day.
Politics moves to being more issue based rather than about political parties – war and peace, equality, gay rights, green issues, strikes and migration changes as a result of the end of empire.
This section covers how time off was won as well as what people did in their new leisure time.
Displays include information on working class leisure activities such as football, including items from the collection of the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA), plus music and the Musicians’ Union. Time Off? also includes information on The Co-operative, which was formed in Greater Manchester by the Rochdale Pioneers, friendly societies and the ‘saving for a rainy day’ philosophy.
This area of Main Gallery Two is double height especially to showcase some of the museum’s most impressive and significant banners. Some of the banners are displayed showing both sides which gives a unique view.
An audiovisual show helps to create the atmosphere of the culmination of a march or protest with crowds of people, lots of noise and banners fluttering in the wind.
This is where you also have the opportunity to take a look into the country’s only Textile Conservation Studio dedicated to the conservation and preservation of banners and textiles. From the Textile Conservation Viewing Area you can see the conservators working on some very delicate and often beautiful textiles and banners.
Sent out approximately every two months.