Creative Practitioner required for film making workshop for young people with SEND

We require a creative practitioner with experience in film making to deliver an engaging full day workshop for young people aged 11-25 years with special education needs and disabilities (SEND) to create a pre-visit video for the museum website.

They will develop and deliver a one day workshop that will allow a small group of young people with SEND to develop new creative skills in film making, to feel a sense of ownership at the museum and create content that will improve the standard of service at the museum. We are interested in how simple recording devices such as phones/ iPad’s/ basic camcorders can be used so participants can use skills learnt back at home. The final film will be an introduction to the museum that maps the visitor journey, focusing on key areas, staff and points of interest.

Further details and how to apply can be found here:

PHM film making workshop brief

Deadline for applications: Friday 23 February 2018

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: or phone: 0161 838 9190.

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

Pride @ PHM – call for events

To help celebrate Manchester Pride 2017 the People’s History Museum would like to invite you to hold an event or events at the museum during the week of Monday 21 August – Monday 28 August. This is a great opportunity to use the museum’s iconic spaces to celebrate the diverse culture of LGBT+ communities. Your event would coincide with Pride celebrations and run alongside the museum’s three LGBT+ focussed exhibitions which will be on show at the time. Never Going Underground: The Fight for LGBT+ Rights explores the past, present and future of LGBT+ activism;  Continuum: Framing Trans Lives in 21st Century Britain will showcase a diverse range of art by trans individuals; and Queer Noise: The History of LGBT+ Music & Club Culture in Manchester is a community exhibition focussed on how the LGBT+ Manchester music scene helped shape attitudes towards sexuality.

Spaces available:

  • Coal Store – capacity 60 lecture style/40 workshop style – suitable for talks, discussions, drama workshops, etc.
  • Learning Studio – capacity 25 – suitable for workshops and messy craft sessions

The spaces are free to use but events must be free and open to the public. In addition, we would require that all events are set up and cleared away within the Museum’s opening hours of 10.00am-5.00pm, therefore we would suggest that events start no earlier than 11.00am and finish no later than 4.00pm. Any materials would be provided by you. The museum has a small budget available to cover artist fees for groups with limited resources. Please indicate on your proposal form if you wish to apply for this funding.

If you are interested in taking advantage of this opportunity, please can you return the Proposal Form to as soon as possible. Spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

If you have any questions, please contact Catherine O’Donnell on 0161 838 9190.


A tribute to Radical Hero Betty Tebbs


Betty Tebbs (10 April 1918 – 23 January 2017)

A blog by Helen Antrobus, Business Development Officer


In June 2016, something very exciting happened in the People’s History Museum. In front of an audience of 200 people, Betty Tebbs, aged 98, told the story of her life. From all the evaluation forms and feedback the staff at the museum received, she inspired so many more people to go and join peace movements, social campaigns, and political parties. Her standing ovation was incredible. This was the moment Betty was made a Radical Hero of the People’s History Museum, in recognition of the astounding life of activism she had led.

Elizabeth Tebbs was born in 1918, the same year women were finally granted the vote img028-no-2and World War I ended. She first became politically active at 14, when she was paid two shillings less than the boy next to her at the paper mill where they worked, just for being a girl. After joining her trade union at East Lancashire Paper Mill, Betty remained there for seventeen years – becoming Mother of the Chapel and leading the women out on strikes.

This fiery spirit and fight for equality was present through her entire life. Once a Labour councillor, a member of the Communist Party and the President of the National Assembly of Women, Betty travelled the world fighting for women’s rights, peace, and change. From Greenham Common to being arrested outside Trident aged 89, Betty was involved in the major campaigns and protests of the last sixty years, even being part of a delegation at the Geneva peace talks between the USA and the Soviet Union.

Betty’s energy, optimism, and hope never left her. Sharp and witty, she carried on speaking out for peace and socialism. Betty passed away peacefully at her home on 23rd January 2017. Everybody at the museum, and many people who visited, were touched by Betty’s story, and inspired by her. Her legacy will continue, and she will never be forgotten.

Black Radical History

The museum is delighted to continue to work with the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) to host a series of courses in autumn 2016. You can find out more about the Black Radical History course in our guest blog from WEA tutor Mark Krantz, who is leading the course.


For Black History Month, a course to explore how Black radicals have made history. From opposition to slavery and the battle for the vote, to the fight against racism and Islamophobia, and the question of supporting refugees today. The course includes a presentation from Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre and a visit to the PHM’s archives and galleries.

The uprising of slaves on the sugar island of Saint-Domingue began in 1791 and lasted for 13 years. A slave army led by Toussaint-Louverture defeated the professional armies sent to crush the revolt. Spain, France and Britain were defeated and the slaves won their freedom in the country known today as Haiti.

William Cuffay was a Chartist leader at the forefront of the struggle to win the vote in Britain. Cuffay was the son of a former slave, he led strikes, spoke at meetings, and led protests of mainly white workers across the country.

When Abraham Lincoln declared the abolition of slavery during the American Civil War, 30 former slaves who had escaped to Britain spoke at meetings in the Manchester area. They played a crucial role in winning workers to support the union struggle that defeated the army of the slave holding states of the Southern Confederacy.

Too often the role of black people in the struggles for their own liberation is omitted from history. This course places black radicals at the centre of historical change, exploring the history and politics of race, and strategies for fighting racism.


This course will cover

  • Opposition to slavery, and the American Civil War
  • William Cuffay and the fight for the vote
  • Racism and anti racism from the 1970s until today
  • Rebel women from Farhat Khan, and Lydia Besong, to Manjeet Kaur and Aderonke Apata
  • The challenge of Islamophobia, stereotyping, and the Prevent agenda

Suitable for people aged 19 years and over

Course runs Friday 7 October to Friday 4 November 2016

1.00pm – 3.30pm

Cost £40.30 or free to those in receipt of means tested benefits

Booking Requirements: Booking required by contacting WEA on 0151 243 5340 or booking online via WEA’s website. Please quote course ref C3839448

*Please note this is a five week course, attendees are required to book onto all five weeks of the course*