Protest Lab

Millennium Gallery
- , 2017

Tickets: Free

Learn and share ideas about Sheffield's history of protest and activism.

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From the radical press in 1790s, Samuel Holberry and Chartism in the 1830s, Suffragism and Adela Pankhurst in the early 20th century, right through to the miners’ strike and the Battle of Orgreave and the Campaign for Truth and Justice that's happening now – Sheffield has a strong history of protest and activism, that's still very much alive today. Protest Lab is a new interactive, social space in Millennium Gallery, dedicated to celebrating this people power in Sheffield.

Head to the space to find out more about the history of protest and activism in the city, and to share the protests and causes that matter to you. The views and ideas shared and challenged at Protest Lab will help shape upcoming exhibitions and events to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act, which laid the foundations of democracy in the UK by giving the vote to women over the age of 30 who met certain property criteria and to men over the age of 21. As curator Louisa Briggs says: "Sheffield’s voices will be at the heart of our 2018 project and we’re keen to represent as many views and ideas as possible."

As well as joining in the conversation, you'll also have chance to see photographs from Greenham Common, a peace camp established to protest nuclear weapons on British soil in the 1980s which saw women from Sheffield take part, and a Crookesmoor Against the Poll Tax banner, alongside songsheets, newsletters and badges produced in the city.

Exhibition events:

Drop in Easter activities – 12 April, 12-4pm, free
Make your own collage protest poster.

Sheffield Women Against Pit Closures – 15 April, 11am-2pm, free
Drop in to meet women who fought to save the mining industry and local pit communities, and look at items from their archives from 1984-5 and from their time supporting Pit Camp at Houghton Main in 1992-3.

Sheffield Socialist Choir – 6 May, 1:30-2pm, free
Sheffield Socialist Choir has been singing for freedom, justice and peace around the world since 1988. They are not affiliated to any political party but sing in support of campaigns in harmony with their vision for a society which cares about such issues as asylum-seekers, the future of the NHS, the welfare state, climate change, and freedom for Palestine.