The Past, Present & Future of Protest 2019 open call for community exhibitions

2019 marks 200 years since the Peterloo Massacre, a major event in Manchester’s history, and a defining moment for Britain’s democracy.

To commemorate this monumental anniversary, the People’s History Museum (PHM) will explore the changing face of protest: past, present and future.

A year long programme of events and exhibitions will explore creative disobedience and its role in today’s ideas worth fighting for.  Kicking off in January 2019 with a brand new display of protest banners.

The museum’s headline exhibition Disrupt? Peterloo & Protest, opening spring 2019, forms part of the national bicentenary commemorations and will feature objects from the museum’s unique collection, including original Peterloo artefacts.  At the heart of the exhibition will be a specially commissioned film that tells the story of protest and the road to democratic reform.

As part of this Family Friendly exhibition PHM will run a Protest Lab, opening up gallery space to individuals, communities and organisations as an experimental area where views and ideas can be shared and developed for collective action.

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 at the museum in 2019.  We are particularly interested in submissions relating to protest: past, present and future, or more widely those seeking to promote active and collective participation in local, national or international democracy.  The 2019 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:

  • Fri 5 April – Sun 5 May 2019
  • Fri 9 August – Sun 8 September 2019
  • Fri 6 December – Sun 5 January 2020

Main Gallery Two display area:

  • Exhibitions will run for three months and slots available are between January 2019 and January 2020

To apply:


Deadline for submissions: Sunday 12 August 2018 at 5.00pm

Please send submissions for the attention of Mark Wilson, Exhibitions Officer to the museum address or by email to

If you have any questions please email or phone 0161 838 9190.


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

Website Design Opportunity for People’s History Museum


The People’s History Museum (PHM) has an exciting opportunity for an agency to deliver a new website for the museum at a time of ambitious growth and change for the museum. Becoming an Arts Council England (ACE) National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) for the first time in 2018, the museum is keen to develop its online presence to better reflect its creative, dynamic and collaborative programming.

The new website will help us achieve the aims laid out in our current Business Plan:

  1. We will have a strong programme-led approach across all services at the museum
  2. We will engage more people in the work of the museum as audiences, customers and partners
  3. We will turn up the volume on the museum’s profile and position locally, nationally and internationally
  4. We will increase our self-generated income and create a more resilient financial model
  5. We will build a bigger and better digital offer
  6. We will strengthen the museum to be more confident, ambitious and effective

The requirements in the brief are informed by our new Digital Plan which runs from 2018 until 2022, however, they should be reviewed as part of a rigorous user-tested approach to the website design and development.

Please provide a proposal outlining how you would deliver the brief by email to by midnight on Thursday 15 February 2018. Please include relevant examples, each with a reference, of your recent work in this area and an overview of how you would approach this piece of work. The museum will shortlist from the submissions received and interviews with shortlisted agencies will be held on Thursday 22 and Friday 23 February 2018.

For an informal conversation about this opportunity please contact Paula Hope, Communications & Marketing Manager or Daisy Nicholson, Marketing & Development Officer on 0161 838 9190.

Represent! Voices 100 Years On


The Manchester suffragette banner in the Conservation Studio at PHM


Represent! Voices 100 Years On

PHM wants your objects and stories!

2018 is the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act, in which all men and some women won the right to vote. To mark this monumental anniversary People’s History Museum (PHM) are developing a crowd sourced exhibition which will open on Saturday 2 June 2018. And we need you to submit your objects and stories!

Today most men and women in the UK, over the age of 18, have the right to vote. We are asking for submissions around the following themes:

  •         Do you feel represented? If so, how? If not, why?
  •         Does having a vote mean you have a voice in society?
  •         Who cannot vote or doesn’t know how to use their vote?
  •         How far have we really come in 100 years?
  •         Have there been any defining moments in your life when you have campaigned for greater democracy or equality?
  •         What still needs to be done?

We are looking for you to share your posters, placards, artworks, photographs or something more personal, along with a short explanation or personal perspective. Those submissions will then be selected by the Represent! steering group for the final exhibition. To share an example of the types of things we are looking for…Sarah Galligan a member of the Women’s Equality Party has submitted a letter which she wrote as a 10 year old school pupil entitled ‘Why can’t girls play football?’ She says this was a defining moment in her life when she realised that girls should not only be able to play football, but also should be able to have equal rights across society. Today she continues to fight for gender equality.

To make a submission to the Represent! Voices 100 Years On exhibition, please send a maximum of 200 word summary of your submission, alongside any relevant images to by 1 April 2018.

If you have any queries or would like to discuss this further, please contact Helen Antrobus on 0161 838 9190 or email




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.

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 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 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.