2022 Banner Exhibition

Until January 2023

Image: Withington Against the Poll Tax banner, 1990. Image courtesy of People’s History Museum.

Content: At the People’s History Museum (PHM) 2022 Banner Exhibition, come face to face with the handiwork of the people who fought for the rights we have today. Banners are large and colourful representations of groundbreaking moments of protest and the people united by them. Join a march through the history of rights and equality in PHM’s main galleries, discovering the memorable messages and motifs which make banners such a powerful tool in fighting for change.

The 2022 Banner Exhibition will revamp a quarter of PHM’s main galleries. This year’s banners give a unique and distinctive insight into movements such as LGBT+ solidarity with the miners’ strike of 1984-85, artists campaigning for women’s rights in the early 20th century, and disabled people’s activism - the theme of our upcoming Nothing About Us Without Us programme.

Migration Passport Trail

Until 5 June 2022

Image: Migration: a human story at People’s History Museum

Content: People’s History Museum’s family friendly passport trail challenges you to step into the shoes of a refugee, asylum seeker or economic migrant. Just as in real life the choice is not yours to make, your fate is determined in this case by the spin of a wheel at the entrance to the main galleries.

Twist and turn through the main galleries to explore real-life stories of migration through animations, new historical interpretations and a specially commissioned banner, completing activities in one of three paper passports along the way.

Start conversations about why people migrate to the UK and their contributions to modern Britain in this interactive activity. Recommended for ages 9+.

More in Common: In Memory of Jo Cox

Until 24 April 2022

Image: Our Yorkshire Rose banner, 2016. Courtesy of Jo Cox’s family. More in Common – in memory of Jo Cox exhibition at People’s History Museum.

Named for Jo Cox’s own words, ‘We are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us’, this exhibition is inspired by the legacy of Jo Cox MP.

PHM’s More in Common project involves a group of over 30 people from different backgrounds who made Manchester their home, coming together to share knowledge experiences, and conversations. The exhibition explores Jo’s life, work and values, and follows the group on their journey in challenging discrimination and celebrating what we have in common.

Central to the exhibition is the Jo Cox Memorial Wall, a collection of handwritten tributes from hundreds of people, on public display for the first time since Jo’s murder in June 2016. Visitors can also see the placards, banners and artworks that were created in the aftermath.

For younger visitors, PHM’s Learning Team have created a self-guided trail, specially developed for families to understand Jo’s story through younger eyes. Children and families can discuss and explore her legacy through the exhibition in a way that is meaningful to them.