Review of 'Reds', The People's History Museum, Salford
The People's History Museum, Salford, has collected an array of sound and visual aids to bring alive the history of the British Communist Party. The exhibition includes poster designing and videos for the kids, and audio replicas explaining the inspiration behind the party - why people joined and what it was like living in a Communist household. As well as the British party the exhibition opens to the visitor the world of 'Communist' Russia and its influence back here in Britain.
The exhibition spans two floors covered in posters, banners and other interesting artefacts from the time such as papers like the Daily Worker and For Lasting Peace. The informative descriptions really bring the exhibits to life.
There are also free guided tours round the exhibition, details of which can be found at www.peopleshistorymuseum.org.uk. A day of talks and live performances looking at the party is also planned.
The main museum covers five sections, Revolution, Spreading the Word, After Work, United We Stand and Facing the Future, each with subsections attempting to bring to life the history of the unions and socialism by full replica displays and real machinery from those times, as well as banners, posters and other visual aids. A scattering of audio pieces make the display both interesting and easy for all to follow.