An event to inspire arts and heritage organisations, museums, charities and businesses to get involved in Parliament Week will this year be held at the People’s History Museum in Manchester, the UK’s national museum of democracy. Taking place on Thursday 16 April, this will be a day of free talks, workshops and networking.
Parliament Week (16 – 22 November) is a nationwide programme of events which explores, questions and engages people across the country with issues of democracy and democratic heritage. Organisations can take part by running debates, talks, exhibitions and performances that challenge and explore democracy and politics. It is an opportunity for arts and heritage attractions to showcase their collections and engage with new and existing audiences.
Conference attendees will have the opportunity to visit the People’s History Museum’s new exhibition, Election! Britain Votes, which charts the history of British elections and follows the live action as we prepare to go to the polls on 7 May 2015.
Highlights of the day include:
*Hear about plans for Parliament Week 2015 and LiberTeas – a national event to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta.
*How to build your social media presence: Find out how to use social media effectively to promote and engage audiences with Parliament Week events. This workshop will be led by Jaz Cummins from Montford.
*Parliament 1.01: Learn about how Parliament works and put questions to the Houses of Parliament’s regional outreach officer for the North West, Gary Hart.
*Early Days of a Better Nation: An interactive workshop from theatre group Coney designed to engage young people in politics that will be touring the UK in 2015.
Parliament Week has over 300 partner organisations across the UK and is co-ordinated by the House of Commons, with support from the House of Lords. The conference will be a chance to meet existing partners and share ideas and for how to make the most of the Week.
Emily Urnell, Project Manager for Parliament Week, says, “What better place to engage people in Parliament Week than at the People’s History Museum, the home of democracy and ideas worth fighting for. This is the first time that the partner’s conference has been held outside of London and we’re looking to meet organisations from all over the UK, to discover the topics and issues relevant to their audiences and start to shape an exciting programme for 2015”.
To find out more and sign up, go to www.parliamentweek.org/blog/parliament-week-partners-conference/
The inaugural Parliament Week was staged in 2011. For more details about the events and activities that took place during Parliament Week 2014, please visit www.parliamentweek.org. To keep up with the latest news, follow Parliament Week on Twitter and Facebook.
People’s History Museum
People’s History Museum is a national museum telling the story of the development of democracy in Britain – ‘there have always been ideas worth fighting for’. The museum is based in Spinningfields in Manchester city centre. The Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA) is one of the museum’s main funders.
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