Episode 45 : Preserving the Fabric of our History with The People’s History Museum

Part of the 2022 Banner Exhibition at the People’s History Museum

This time on Making Stitches Podcast, I’m taking you out on the road with me to the People’s History Museum in the centre of Manchester. It is the national museum of democracy and home the world’s largest collection of trades union banners. Being custodians of the literal fabric of our history requires painstaking conservation work to keep the banners in a stable condition for future generations to enjoy.

You can listen to the episode here

Chloe from the conservation team working on a banner for the National Coal Mining Museum

I tagged along with a tour of the current banner exhibition and was then incredibly lucky to go behind the scenes at the conservation workshop with Beth Gillions the museum’s conservation officer. My thanks to both her, the conservation team at the museum and Michael Powell who led the banner tour on the day.

Suffrage Atelier banner

To find out more about the Banner Exhibition and the work the People’s History Museum does, please visit their website


The photos above and below show both sides of the same banner which Beth Gillions referenced during our chat.

The music featured in this episode is Make You Smile by RGMusic from Melody Loops.
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Making Stitches Podcast is presented, recorded and edited by Lindsay Weston.

Episode 23: Stitched with textile artist, Matthew Downham

Matthew Downham with one of his bears

Welsh textile artist Matthew Downham always knew he wanted to be an artist, and when he picked up a needle and thread, he knew that was the medium for him. Matthew, who has exhibited his art in the United States, uses layers of stitches to cover teddy bears in his work. For him, the act of threading a needle and tying a knot is as much part of the art as the finished piece itself.

Matthew’s black sketchbooks

In this episode, Matthew shared with me his journey to becoming the artist he is today, which was interrupted by a prolonged period of anxiety. I’m very grateful to Matthew for speaking so openly about the struggles he has faced so far, and am delighted he shared his story with me.

Listen to Matthew’s episode by searching for Making Stitches on your favourite podcast app or via this link.

You can find Matthew on Instagram and via his website.

Make You Smile by RGMusic from Melody Loops.

Making Stitches Podcast is presented, recorded and edited by Lindsay from Postcard from Gibraltar.