Bones of Paine procession
Date: 30th November
Time: 2pm and 4pm for tea and cake (procession from 4pm)
Location: Working Class Movement Library
The date’s nearly upon us! On Saturday 30 November the Library is working with Salford outdoor arts organisation Walk the Plank to bring the fascinating character of Thomas Paine to life for the people of Salford and Manchester.
In November 1819 the bones of this pioneering political theorist were brought to Salford by William Cobbett, having been dug up in New York, only to be refused entry to Manchester by the authorities with the horrors of the Peterloo Massacre fresh in their minds. 15 years later, the bones mysteriously vanished…
Join us in creating an alternative and artistic ending to the story with a lively procession through the streets of Salford to Manchester, featuring our giant illuminated Bones of Paine puppet, along with a live street band and dancing skeleton puppets.
Head to WCML any time between 2pm and 4pm on Saturday 30th to enjoy some tea and home-made cake while you check out our new exhibition, Thomas Paine: citizen of the world, which will open on 27 November telling the story of Paine’s eventful life, his narrow misses from death and the key part he played in both the American and French revolutions.
Then get ready for the procession, which will begin from WCML at 4pm and end at the People’s History Museum (PHM) in Manchester. The procession will make a couple of musical pit-stops on its journey: at Bexley Square – M3 6DJ at about 4.20pm for a vocal performance that will include songs written recently during workshops held at WCML; then at New Bailey – M3 5JL at about 5pm for another vocal performance, before the procession finally reaches PHM. The museum will be keeping its doors open until 6pm so people can view Paine’s writing desk and other items; their café will be serving celebratory Bones of Paine biscuits.
There are many other aspects to the project including a public reading of Paine’s Common Sense here on Wednesday 4 December at 6.30pm, when American Studies students from the University of Manchester will read aloud perhaps the most effective political pamphlet that has ever been written.
More information here: https://www.wcml.org.uk/