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People's Museum GCSE History Visit

Students studying GCSE History had the opportunity to visit the People’s History Museum in Manchester on Thursday 22 November. This museum covers the last 200 years of people and protest from early political movements right up to the Professional Footballers’ Association and Women’s Rights.

Of particular interest was the exhibition focusing on the Suffragettes and their campaign, this included an interactive workshop that looked at the real story of one woman who joined the campaign in 1908. Students had an opportunity to find out about her life, the challenges of being a woman in early twentieth century Britain and work with an educator to explore the Suffrage movement in more detail. They particularly enjoyed the opportunity to discuss different forms of protest and alarmingly, many supported the concept of kidnapping a teacher to achieve their aims (fictionally of course!).

In the main exhibition, students completed a comprehensive set of questions related to various protest movements and this really highlighted the many challenges we face in our modern world. Staff then took the opportunity to link this to their current learning with a question and answer session. Students seemed to enjoy all aspects of the visit, most notably dressing up as key working class figures from the twentieth century. A return visit is already being planned for next year’s cohort.