Represent! Voices 100 Years On

 

The Manchester suffragette banner in the Conservation Studio at PHM

People’s History Museum (PHM) in Manchester is the home of ideas worth fighting for – where our radical past can inspire and motivate people to take action – to shape a future where ideas of democracy, equality, justice and co-operation are thriving.

2018 is the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act, in which all men and some women won the right to vote.  This monumental anniversary will be marked across the country, and PHM will be a leading voice in championing the heritage of the people that fought for this fundamental right.  We will programme a year long season of exhibitions, events and learning programmes co-curated with marginalised and underrepresented communities on the theme of the struggle for representation. The project has been made possible through Heritage Lottery Funding.

From Saturday 2 June 2018 to Sunday 4 February 2019, the exhibition Represent! Voices 100 Years on will be on display at the museum.

The exhibition has been inspired by the concept of a feminist zine. A zine is a self-published and small-circulated collection of works, often associated with third wave feminism due to their part in the riot grrrl movement. Self published zines give people a voice to express their own views and opinions without being ‘edited’ – it also gives people a platform in the media circuit, where often they feel their voices aren’t heard.

For this exhibition, communities, organisations and individuals are invited to make submissions to the zine based on their experiences and their engagement with the idea of representation. Groups involved so far include Safety4Sisters, Girl Gang Manchester, 42nd Street and Greater Manchester Coalition for Disabled People.

We all have a vote – but do we have a voice? How far have we really come in 100 years? PHM wants to hear your story. Do you feel represented? If so, how? If not, why? Share your story with us and make your voice heard. You can submit your response through any medium, including and not restricted to objects, artworks, banners, campaign material and photographs.

PHM have already suggested some incredible objects for inclusion, that will be responded to by the groups involved. These objects include an original copy of the Representation of the People Act, the recently acquired Manchester WSPU ‘First in the Fight’ banner, and other suffrage materials that will help to paint a picture of what representation meant in 1918.

The final objects will be chosen through a diverse, community-led editorial panel.

To make a submission to the Represent! Voices 100 Years On exhibition, please send a 200 word summary of your submission, alongside any relevant images, to represent@phm.org.uk.

If you have any any queries or would like to discuss this further, please contact Helen Antrobus on 0161 838 9190 or email helen.antrobus@phm.org.uk.

 

 

 

 

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Artists / Creative Practitioners required

As part of our 2018 Represent! programme we are looking for artists / creative practitioners to help develop and deliver two schools projects that will allow two very different school groups to explore what ‘representation’ means to them. An output of this project will be a final piece to be displayed in the Represent! exhibition.

To find out more about these opportunities please click on the links below:

Falinge Park High School project

Falinge Park sees how hard it is for young people to reconcile their history and the successes that were built through families indigenous to the area and those who are now third or fourth generation immigrants. There is a need to develop a shared history and look forward to creating a new, positive history.

Through this project they aim to be proactive in developing and promoting a harmonious environment and create a sense of shared history and culture between the different groups who live side by side and attend their school.

Represent! Falinge Park project brief

Represent! Falinge Park application form

Manchester Secondary PRU project

Manchester Secondary PRU is a pupil referral unit that works with young people who have experienced real difficulties in mainstream high schools. As well as teaching the core curriculum they are committed to providing a creative programme that helps pupils feel a part of their community. The students have special educational needs, specifically in social, educational and mental health.

The students have a keen interest in digital media. A journalism and/or photography focus would be of interest, however this is not compulsory.

Represent! Manchester Secondary PRU project brief

Represent! Manchester PRU application form

For any questions or queries, please contact the Learning Officer, Liz Thorpe by email: liz.thorpe@phm.org.uk or phone: 0161 838 9190.

Deadline for applications is midday (12.00pm) on Thursday 4 January 2018.

Represent! Call for Designer & Evaluator

The Manchester suffragette banner in the Conservation Studio at PHM

We are pleased to announce two exciting opportunities to work with us on our 2018 programme.

Represent! Will mark the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act, in which all men and some women won the vote.  This monumental anniversary will be marked across the country, and PHM will be a leading voice in championing the heritage of the people that fought for this fundamental right. We will programme a year long season of exhibitions, events and learning programmes co-curated with marginalised and underrepresented communities on the theme of the struggle for representation.

We are looking for designers to develop the design and visual identity for both the main exhibition and 2018 programme. The full details in the design brief here.

If you would like to submit an expression of interest please return a PDF with the following information to mark.wilson@phm.org.uk by 5.00pm on Sunday 17 December 2017:

  • Full contact details
  • Relevant examples of your portfolio
  • A statement outlining your understanding of the brief, your values and why you want to work on this project

We are also recruiting an external evaluator to devise and implement a robust evaluation strategy to measure the impact of the museum’s Represent! project running throughout 2018. Full details can be found in the Represent! Evaluation Brief.

Please submit an expression of interest as a PDF, with the following information to helen.antrobus@phm.org.uk by 5.00pm on Tuesday 19 December 2017:

  • Brief CV (max two sides of A4)
  • A statement of your suitability for this work and why you would like to undertake it (max 300 words)
  • A plan outlining what your approach would be (max 800 words)
  • A basic budget breakdown
  • Two testimonials/references

 

 

 

NHS Protest Apron

A guest post by Gabrielle Lorenz and Sylvan Davies, Fabric of Protest members

Our original NHS Protest Apron was inspired by attendance at a Fabric of Protest workshop at the People’s History Museum, focusing on protest messages incorporated into items of clothing.

Dismayed at how the NHS is currently being stealthily dismantled piece by piece we decided to embroider quotes from the founder of the NHS onto a plain white nurse’s apron and offset these with a printed shattered current NHS logo.

NHS Protest Apron 1

 Nicky Salmon, Gabrielle Lorenz and Sylvan Davies at the Anti-Austerity March in Manchester 

Our first apron was delicate and intended for exhibition purposes only. However, in September we decided to make a second more robust apron to wear during the Anti-Austerity March at the Tory Party Conference in Manchester on 1st October. We complemented the apron by making two arm slings each with a current quote, one from Professor Stephen Hawking and one from Kelly-Anne Mendoza outlining the damage being caused to the NHS by the Tory government. The slings also included a Save Our NHS logo, courtesy of 999 Call For The NHS.

NHS Protest Apron 2

Gabrielle Lorenz, Nicky Salmon and Sylvan Davies

October 2017


 

Fabric of Protest

Come along to this monthly creative workshop and share ideas of protest over a cup of tea, while learning new textile techniques. Taking inspiration from the museum’s collection, participants will work collaboratively to produce pieces of artwork rich in personal responses and exploration. Being at the centre of textile production in Manchester historically, we will collect personal stories, learn about the conditions for workers, and compare the industry from past to present with global textile production and zero hours contracts.

Artist Helen Mather leads The Fabric of Protest workshops. You can read Helen’s latest blog post and follow what the participants are learning and creating on Helen’s tumblr blog.

Participants can attend an individual workshop or join us on a regular basis to shape how the work develops.

Suitable for adults and young people over 11yrs.

Represent! Call for exhibitions

2018 will mark the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act, in which all men and some women won the vote. To mark this monumental anniversary, the People’s History Museum will programme a year long season of exhibitions, events and learning programmes working with marginalised and underrepresented communities on the theme of the struggle for representation.

As part of the community exhibition strand of the programme we are pleased to announce an open call for submissions from groups or individuals wishing to display or produce an exhibition around the theme of representation. The 2018 community exhibition programme will be selected by a panel of museum staff and members of a cross section of community groups.

Available dates:

Engine Hall

Exhibitions will run for one month and slots available are

Friday 23 March –Sunday 22 April 2018

Friday 3 August-Sunday 2 September 2018

Friday 7 December –Sunday 6 January 2019

Main Gallery Two display area

Will run for three months and slots are available between April 2018 and January 2019

To apply:

Deadline for submissions: Sunday 26 November 2017, 5.00pm

Please send submissions for the attention of Mark Wilson, Exhibitions Officer to the museum address or by email to mark.wilson@phm.org.uk.  If you have any questions please email mark.wilson@phm.org.uk or phone 0161 838 9190.

Get Kids Out Learning

This year we’re teaming up with the ‘Get Kids Out Learning’ campaign to encouraging more families to drop the smartphone, step away from the laptop and head outside to create learning experiences, memorable for years to come.

We believe that learning continues outside of the classroom, especially during half term.  So, why not join us for a range of family friendly events and workshops this October half term. We’ll have the Mysterious Creature craft table, a Living History performance of No Bed of RosesFrom the Caribbean to Manchester,   and Make Your Mark: Animal graffiti mural.

Mr Ordinary's Prize Book Launch 08 07 12 (40)

If you’d like to support the campaign and Get your Kids Out Learning here’s how to get involved:

The Get Kids Out Learning campaign is an easy way for families to find fun days out local to them, but which still provide great learning and educational opportunities for the kids. The website pulls together all of the best educational venues across the UK and allows parents to search for them by region to quickly see all the information they need to plan a great day out!

Find attracts in your local area by visiting the Get Kids Out Learning site.

Labour’s Voice in Europe, by James Darby, Project Archivist

I have just finished cataloguing four archive collections relating to the Labour Party in Europe. These include the papers of the European Parliamentary Labour Party (EPLP) and the personal papers of David Candler, Ron Leighton and Colin Beever; three politicians linked with the pro and anti Common Market wings of the party during the 1970s and 80s.

Labour Movement for Europe report

Funding for the cataloguing of these collections has been gratefully received from the National Cataloguing Grants Programme for Archives, a grant scheme made available by several funding trusts and administered by The National Archives. The project began in April 2016 and involved the box listing of 109 boxes from the EPLP collection, 18 from the Candler collection, 16 from Colin Beevor and 9 from Ron Leighton.

EPLP boxes

EPLP boxes in strongroom

Once box listed the collection had to be placed into suitable series and following this the rather long and arduous task of reboxing all the material in the correct order.

These collections include correspondence and reports of the British Labour Group in Europe and material relating to pro and anti-EEC organisations such as the Labour Movement for Europe and Common Market Safeguards Campaign. Researchers can view the catalogues on the museum’s website and use the collections by booking an appointment in the archive reading room.