Today a group of campaigners gathered outside Manchester Civil Justice Centre to protest against the Bedroom Tax. According to their flyer, ‘over 15,429 households in Manchester are worse off under the Bedroom Tax regime – around 43% of social tenants… We can’t let this carry on! Even if we’re not being hit by the Bedroom Tax, our community is!’
We went over to say hello, took some snaps of the protest and asked the group if they’d like to donate any of their placards to the museum’s collection so that future generations would have a record of their campaign. After the protest, they popped in for a brew and very kindly donated three placards to the PHM.
Our Play Your Part project aims to make the museum more relevant to today’s audiences, by responding to current events, linking them to campaigns of the past, with the hope of inspiring activists of the future. A key part of the project is to collect contemporary material, so that visitors of the future can learn about what was happening now. The museum is keen to collect objects from campaigns and demonstrations within living memory. This could be anything from posters, placards and banners to ticket stubs, badges and anything else!
We’re specifically looking at getting our extensive Peace Collection up to date. If you would like any further information or have any objects that you’d like to donate to the museum then please get in touch with Catherine O’Donnell on 0161 838 9190 or email Catherine.firstname.lastname@example.org.