People’s History Museum in Manchester presents an exhibition inspired by the legacy of Jo Cox MP and which represents the culmination of a community-led project involving a group of over 30 people from different backgrounds who made the city their home.
The exhibition explores Jo’s life and legacy and follows the group on their journey in celebrating our commonality and challenging discrimination.
Central to the exhibition is the Jo Cox Memorial Wall, on public display for the first time since Jo’s murder in June 2016 when it was erected outside the Houses of Parliament. Now part of PHM’s collection, the wall features the handwritten tributes of hundreds of people, including children, and stands alongside a specially commissioned virtual Wall of Hope on which visitors to the museum and online can add their personal tribute messages. Also on display for the first time are the placards, banners and artworks that were created in the aftermath of Jo’s murder.
Visitors to the exhibition will find out more about Jo and her life; her personal story and experiences, what led her to becoming an MP and how her campaigning was driven by a desire to see equality in education, the promotion of closer communities and addressing loneliness. From her election as an MP, to times enjoying family fun, images and objects help to understand Jo’s story and the way she lived her life.
For younger visitors to the exhibition PHM’s Learning Team have created a self-guided trail, specially developed for families. The trail looks at Jo’s story and the issues it raises through younger eyes, so that children and families can discuss and explore her legacy through the exhibition in a way that’s meaningful to them.
The exhibition can also be accessed online; the Jo Cox Memorial Wall can be explored in close up detail, and the Wall of Hope is digitally interactive meaning that anyone, anywhere in the world can add a tribute for Jo.