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Explore People’s History Museum at October half term

This October half term there are three different ways for families to explore People’s History Museum (PHM) and the stories that it tells, including a brand new Passport Trail designed around the museum’s 2021 headline theme of migration. Each experience invites families to discover fascinating stories and a world of ideas worth fighting for, and are all designed with different age groups in mind.

PHM’s Passport Trail brings the theme of migration to life by inviting you to step into the shoes of a refugee, asylum seeker or economic migrant. By the spin of a wheel you’ll find yourself following one of three footpaths and in doing so will gain an understanding of some of the challenges faced both past and present. Animated stories form part of the experience, powerfully capturing some of the real life issues that have led to migration with plenty to talk about and share as a family.

The exhibition More in Common: in memory of Jo Cox has lots of discussion points about the legacy of Jo Cox MP, her values and how she lived her life. It also shares the words, feelings and memories of her children and family. The trail created by PHM’s learning team, looks at the different aspects covered by the exhibition through younger eyes so that children and families can discuss and explore Jo’s legacy in a way that’s meaningful to them.

If you are looking for an activity that takes in all of PHM’s galleries and collections and you are especially eagle-eyed, then I Spy is just for you! This self guided quiz takes you through some of the key moments in history whose stories are highlighted at the museum; Votes for Women, the Peterloo Massacre, workers’ rights and much more. Sometimes you are looking for an object, sometimes it will be an artefact that requires further investigation as you intrepidly make your way around the museum.

Adding to your half term day out you can enjoy lunch in Open Kitchen Cafe & Bar at PHM; where the focus is on delicious fresh locally sourced food. The Kids Meal Deal includes a sandwich, organic juice carton and small portion of cake for £3. There is also a dedicated picnic space in the museum’s Processional Way for families that want to bring their own lunch or snacks.