A People’s History of the Demon Drink for 2013 ?

The Temperance Movement, in which people took the pledge not to drink alcohol, effectively began in the North West and played an important part in the lives of many in the region. Despite this, it is a little remembered aspect of our history.

As we all recover from one too many Christmas tipples people my find their New Year Revolutions…whoops! Sorry I mean Resolutions…find more resolve after a visit to this excellent exhibition at The Peoples History Museum, which runs until 24 February 2013

Demon Drink? draws on local and national collections and focuses on the everyday experiences and concerns of working people and their families around drink and abstinence. Combining unique historical artefacts, archive film footage and oral histories this often forgotten story is brought to life. Visitors will be able to explore this fascinating movement, take part in social activities that those involved would have enjoyed and even teach a temperance lesson. For more details please see link at:


The Peoples History Museum Adult Learners programme can also be downloaded for free in pdf format at :



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