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    The Peoples History MuseumExploring the world changing events led by the working people of Britain

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    Our AudienceBreakdown by sector

    35% MUSEUMS25% ART GALLERIES20% SCHOOLS, COLLEGES, UNIVERSITIES AND OTHER

    EDUCATIONAL ESTABLISHMENTS

    20% OTHER

    Our AimThe aim of the magazine is to inform our readers:

    Our Launch

    Launch of the magazine and website complete

    with its comprehensive classified directory at the

    MA Manchester Conference and Exhibition

    Oct 4th to 6th.

    We have a stand at the show and will be

    distributing copies of the magazine there. The

    Museums Association has banners on our

    website to facilitate instant and comprehensive

    information about their event for our websites

    visitors

    Come and see us on stand 6.

    1. WHAT the guardians of our heritage have to offer visitors.

    2. HOW professionals and suppliers can serve the sector.

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    Each issue will carry news stories and feature focuses.

    Issue one so far includes a look at

    Green MuseumsHow do we marry the past to its present environment.

    Facilities ManagementThe care and up keep of the building.

    The MA Exhibition will be previewedWith a list of exhibitors and stand number (lets have yours if relevant)

    The Care and Conservation of Valuable ObjectsWho can we trust with our irreplaceable objects?

    Every Child and Youth MattersBased on the MLA report How do museums interact with group visits for educational purposes?What knowledge do individual museums offer to their community or are they just buildings with static untouchable objects? Case studies invited.

    Contact for further informationRichard ShepherdTel: 0161 232 1124 or 07913 740380email: richard@dmmonline.co.uk

    3rd Floor Blenheim Court, Carrs Road, Cheadle, Cheshire, United Kingdom SK8 2LA

    Welcome to Museums and Galleries

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    The Peoples HistoryExploring the world changing events led by the working people of BritainOThe Peoples History Museum focuses on an internationally important collection which includes the Labour Party archive, along with collections of the Trades Union Congress, Communist party of Great Britain, Suffragists and Suffragettes and the co-operative movement. The museum has one of the largest and most important banner collections in the world supported by in-house textile conservation expertise.

    The museums charter is to explore the world changing events led by the working people of Britain and this is achieved through, collecting, conserving and safe guarding archives and the material culture of working people and their organisations and interpreting the collection for the education and entertainment of as many people as possible through galleries, temporary exhibitions and events programmes and an education service for children and adults.

    The projectIn January 2004 Austin-Smith:Lord were appointed to lead a multi-

    disciplinary design team to explore the possiblities for consolidation of the Peoples History Museums two operational sites in Manchester into one location through an expansion of the existing Pump House Museum.

    Occupying the only one of three Edwardian hydraulic power stations to survive in the city, the Pump House is situated to the north west of the city centre, bordered by the River Irwell, Bridge Street West and the new multi-storey Civil Justice Centre on Gartside Street.

    This area forms the northern tip of the extensive redevelopment area in the city known as Spinningfields. This is an area of the city that has undergone a significant change of scale and importance which over the last few years has created over 2.5m sq ft of new commercial, retail and residential space.

    The availability of an area of city council owned land adjacent to the Pump House provided the opportunity for consolidating all the museums publilc facing activities onto one site through the provision of a new extension which would allow the expansion of permanent galleries and new 21st centuy facililties for the public.

    The site benefitted from a prominent riverside location at the Manchester/Salford border and, afforded space by both the river and the public piazza in front of the new Civil Justice Centre, had the potential for a dramatic object building which could significantly improve the Museums presence in this key new area of the city.

    The Museum, which re-opened in February 2010, has been completely refurbished and extended to provide a fitting new home for a unique and nationally important collection. The new extension takes the form of a five-storey building, built into the sites sloping, riverbank location and the sites potential has been exploited by a bold and dramatic new presence

    on this important city centre artery and gateway location.The fully glazed ground floor concourse is welcoming, allows deep

    views across the building and provides activity and interest at street level, an impression reinforced by a caf terrace overlooking the river. It provides a generous space for new caf, bar and dining facilities along with a new shop, reception and toilet facilities and most importantly encourages access along the concourse towards the original Pump House building.

    Two levels of climate controlled permanent galleries are provided at high level, accessed by a new lift and stair tower that celebrates the museums waterside setting. The top floor provides a large Conservation Studio for banners and textiles.

    A lower level, facing onto a riverside walkway accommodates a new archive (to BS5454:2000 standards) and a new Reading Room with river views.

    In developing a masterplan for the expanded museum the successful balance of use between new and old buildings was a key aim. Providing the majority of close conditioned space and visitor facilities in the new extension has allowed the sensitive restoration of the key spaces within the historic building.

    The Engine Hall has been stripped of its original shop and caf intrusions to recover its dramatic volume and will now provide a multi-purpose space for daylight tolerant exhibitions, education and conference events.

    A new expanded changing exhibition gallery has been provided at ground floor level, which can be linked flexibly with the Engine Hall and this has allowed the original form of the first floor coal store to be recovered and used as a conference facility.

    The basement of the Pump House has been converted from gallery use to provide offices and the big windows to the river have been opened up to flood this space with daylight again.

    The need for close controlled, light-proof galleries has been exploited visually to mark the refurbished museums presence through strong sculptural form-making.

    The extension is unmistakably a new building yet it establishes a sympathetic relationship with the maturity of the Pump House through the tonality of the Cor-ten rainscreen cladding and the simple tank-like massing.

    The design has achieved prominence without overbearing the original Pump House building, the transparency and connectivity of the new entrance sequence ensures that the existing building is not marginalised, a dramatic high level bridge within the linking section of the building encourages a promenade between new and old. R

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    Museums Association Conference 2010

    in Manchestern The Museums Association has announced the full programme for its Annual Conference & Exhibition, which takes place this year in Manchester, from 4-6 October 2010 at Manchester Central Convention Complex. It is Europes biggest gathering of its kind for museum and gallery professionals.

    Manchester boasts some of the UKs best museums and galleries outside the capital. The conference will include study tours of many of these, and major evening events at the newly-reopened Peoples History Museum and the new extension to the Museum of Science and Industry.

    The conference sees over fifty conference sessions as well as the Exhibition and its seminar programme (free to all), networking events, evening receptions, professional development surgeries and fringe events.

    Conference themes this year:Working in partnership looks at why partnerships are all the rage

    and reveals the secrets of collaborative success.Showing off posits that the age of the blockbuster exhibition

    is dead and looks at how museums and galleries can encourage creativity and use collections to best effect when the hard times bite.

    Whose museum is it anyway? examines the benefits and barriers to public participation in museum decision making, and asks if it should be the ultimate goal of a museum to be a truly democratic organisation.

    Keynotes speakersNeil MacGregor Director of the British Museum on the BM and

    BBCs A History of the World in 100 Objects series and its legacy.Alex Poots Director of the Manchester International Festival will

    talk about leadership, creativity and taking radical risks.Jeremy Hunt Secretary of State for Culture will open the

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    For more information see the Museums Association website www.museumsassociation.org/conference

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