The artwork Who Represents Me on display at the People's History Museum

People’s History Museum wins two awards

Christina Dixon, 18.07.2018
Museum recognised for collaborative approach with schools and communities
The People’s History Museum (PHM) in Manchester has won the Heritage, Museum, Library and Education Partnership Award for a partnership with the Manchester Secondary Pupil Referral Unit.

The prize was handed out last month as part of the North West Cultural Education Awards, run by the charity Curious Minds.

The partnership project enabled pupils to explore representation by creatively examining how they are seen by others, and how they see themselves. It resulted in a piece of artwork, Who Represents Me?, which features in the museum’s current exhibition, Represent! Voices 100 Years On. The crowdsourced exhibition reflects on people and movements that have campaigned for better political representation, with a particular focus on the struggle for women’s suffrage.

The PHM was also named the winner of the National Collaboration of the Year at the inaugural National Democracy Week Awards in recognition of its work on Represent! and its 2017 exhibition Never Going Underground: The Fight for LGBT+ Rights.

The awards were part of the government’s first ever National Democracy Week, which took place from 2-8 July to celebrate democratic engagement and mark the women’s suffrage centenary.

“In all the museum’s interactions, the visitors and schools that we welcome, the community engagement programmes that we run, the exhibitions and events that we organise, we are encouraging people to discover and tell their stories and histories," said Katy Ashton, the museum’s director.

"So we are delighted that the North West Cultural Education Awards and National Democracy Week Awards are both recognising the museum’s collaborative approach with partners, communities and audiences and the amazing work of the PHM team.”

Represent! Voices 100 Years On runs at the museum until 3 February 2019.