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

 

 

 

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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.

PHM at Manchester Pride

A guest blog by Jenny White, a Community Curator for our Never Going Underground  exhibition

If you’re watching Manchester Pride Parade on Saturday give us a wave. Staff and volunteers from People’s History Museum are out on the streets serving LGBT+ heritage realness.

The Never Going Underground exhibition has a number of items exploring Pride’s journey from political activism to a corporate sponsor’s dream. Leaflets, banners and photos highlight ongoing issues around diversity, accessibility, and inclusion; and contrasting attitudes to police and the armed forces taking part in parades. We also bagged an interview with Peter Tatchell who as a member of the Gay Liberation Front helped organise the first London pride back in 1972.

LGBT+ people are drawn from wildly different backgrounds and there can be a real clash of aims and priorities over Pride season. 

1979 Wages Due Lesbian leaflet

How Gay is Gay? flyer, LSE Library’s collections

This Wages Due Lesbians leaflet from 1979 questions who Gay Pride and the ‘gay’ scene is for. It’s a question still very relevant today with racism, sexism and transphobia very much alive and kicking within LGBT+ communities. Over the past few months activist Chardine Taylor Stone has continued to challenge the programming of blackface artists at LGBT+ prides across the country. It’s fantastic that this year there has finally been a positive outcome to Rainbow Noir’s call for Manchester Pride to be a Queens of Pop free zone.

knitted pluses

Also on display in the Never Going Underground exhibition are a set of @aceknitaholic’s craftivist pluses. They’re used to yarnbomb community stalls at Pride events that miss the ‘+’ from LGBT+ and to start a dialogue with stall holders to promote inclusion and recognition of other sexual and gender minorities outside the ‘LGBT’ spectrum.

There are photos and flyers from the first Peckham Pride organised in 2016 by Movement for Justice and Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants. We recorded an interview with one of the organisers, Karen Doyle, who tells us about the aim to promote solidarity between LGBT+ people and migrants, and to celebrate local resistance against immigration raids and detention centres.

We’ve a Campbell’s soup costume which was worn at London Pride 2008. Activists were calling for a boycott of Heinz products after the firm pulled a gay themed advert instead of holding their ground against complaints.

Everyone has an opinion on the involvement of big business in Pride. Some people hate corporations using rainbow imagery and messages about ‘freedom’ to market goods. Others think it’s no bad thing that big corporations are spreading tolerance, making LGBT employees feel valued, and making a positive contribution – Asda’s LGBT network for example organises family friendly areas at a number of Prides. Personally I think if it annoys the bigots it must be doing some good:

homophobes starving

Each summer disgruntled cisgender heterosexuals take to social media asking ‘why do the gays need pride?’, ‘why can’t we have a straight pride?’. But it’s a no brainer.

Vile homophobic and transphobic attacks in Manchester are still all too common. In February I gave a talk at an LGBT+ History Month event in Bournemouth, where Christian activists sat in on the whole day’s talks in protest at us spreading gay propaganda. Last year a teaching assistant successfully took legal action against her school after they criticised her for expressing homophobic views to pupils. Conservative activists are currently voicing opposition to updating the humiliating and outdated process transgender people currently have to undergo to change their legal gender. A spokesperson for Grassroots Conservatives labelled transgender people “deeply troubled”, and compared gender dysphoria with anorexia “it’s not actually respectful or loving to affirm that person in a belief that is false, that doesn’t tie up with reality.” Meanwhile in July a Labour councillor branded gay pride marchers paedophiles.

Pride is a celebration of difference, an opportunity to confront homophobia, bi-phobia transphobia, as well as a chance to party. 

If you haven’t checked out the Heritage Lottery Funded Never Going Underground exhibition, get your skates on – the final day is Sunday 3 September.

Fighting for Justice Together: Peter Roscoe and Geoff Hardy

Both individually and as a couple Geoff and Peter have been tirelessly fighting for equal rights and against injustices.  Their activism first brought them together on a bus in London in 1978. Peter was travelling to an Anti-Nazi League meeting and was wearing a ‘Gays Against Fascism’ badge. Geoff, a teacher, was travelling to a parents’ meeting. Geoff went up to Peter and said, ‘I like your badge and I like you!’. Serendipitously, they met again during a march against the National Front, but again lost contact. In 1980, Geoff and Peter finally reunited when they met at The Castle, a gay pub in Lewisham.  They have been together ever since, and in 2005, they were the first couple in Shropshire to obtain a Civil Partnership.

newspaper cover Geoff and Pete

Peter and Geoff’s activism continued in their professional lives as well. As a teacher, Geoff was active in the Gay Teachers Group and helped with the first publication of the Schools Out book. Peter worked as a Social Worker at a gay counselling organisation and went on to practise law. The couple have also worked on numerous committees such as the London Lesbian and Gay Centre and Gay Rights Working Party. Together Peter and Geoff helped establish the Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival, now in its 11th year.

In honour of our current changing exhibition Never Going Underground: The Fight for LGBT+ Rights exhibition, the couple has generously shared a few items from their involvement in past campaigns. The items document the decades of activism and involvement in the LGBT+ movement. Examples include badges from previous campaigns such as for Gay Liberation Front, Campaign for Homosexual Equality, Safe Aging No Discrimination, and Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners.

Peter and Geoff's badgesToday Peter and Geoff continue their political involvement. They are retired and involved with ‘Back in Time’: The National Festival of LGBT History/Shrewsbury Hub, Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival, and FRESh (Fairness, Respect, Equality Shropshire). They celebrated their 37th anniversary on 23 March 2017.

Firing to the Extreme!

A guest blog by Charlie Manthorp, a third year Three Dimensional Design student studying at Manchester Metropolitan University and the Cultural Digital Designer in Residence at St Ambrose Barlow Roman Catholic High School.

In February 2017, St Ambrose Barlow Roman Catholic High School got to work on their ‘Firing to the Extreme’ project with help from art students attending Manchester Metropolitan University and of course,  The People’s History Museum.

Firing to the Extreme 1

This artistic project involved creating pots out of clay and including quotes on them to highlight right extremism. The project was helped along by the students’ visit to the People’s History Museum, where they learned all about the struggles for democracy and movements for freedom and justice. The students were able to put their new-found knowledge and inspiration into their innovative project.

Firing to the Extreme 4

The day was immensely enjoyed by these students by the sound of their feedback:

‘I loved my experience at the PHM. I feel it demonstrated the importance of British Values and Extremism. I feel this trip will contribute a lot to my project. I would love to attend again’

‘Visited the PHM today! Was sick. #neverlearnedsomuch’

 ‘Today was awesome @PHM I loved the live drama and all of the activities. The other exhibits also showed a lot about what is going on in our world these days’

‘I had an amazing day and would love to come again and learn more’

Firing to the Extreme 2

Needless to say, the students enjoyed getting started on working with the clay almost as much as they enjoyed their visit to PHM! 

Firing to the Extreme 3

Visit our Learning webpage to learn about planning a school visits.