THIS WORKERS’ banner (above) is from the period of the Russian Revolution of 1917. It is one of many fascinating items on show in the ‘Banners at Large’ exhibition at The Pumphouse People’s History Museum in Manchester until 30 January next year. The banner was sent from the textile workers of Moscow to the textile workers of Yorkshire in about 1920. It was brought to Britain by Maggie Jordan, a mill worker from Shipley.
She was a member of the Young Communist League who had gone to Russia to train textile workers. The banner sums up the Bolsheviks’ urgent desire to spread the workers’ revolution internationally. The exhibition is a refreshing change from Blair’s farcical end of history Millennium Dome.
The Pumphouse People’s History Museum, Left Bank, Bridge Street (Off Deansgate), Manchester. Open Tuesday to Sunday, 11am-4.30pm, admission £1, concessions and children free. Free to all on Fridays.
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