Programme 2019

Banner Culture

Dates: Saturdays and Sundays, 5th October – 3rd November (Fridays by appointment for schools and college groups. Phone MPA on 01282 421986 or email

Time: 12 – 4pm

Venue: Brierfield Mill

Entry: Free, no need to book


A century ago it was women’s suffrage, and crusades for peace. Now we have climate emergency, #MeToo, Trump, fracking… and Brexit.

This spectacular exhibition takes over the majestic space of Brierfield Mill presenting banner making in all its forms, from the dignified, traditional processional to impromptu DIY messages of dissent. Crowdsourced from heritage collections, campaign groups, artists and communities, it presents a kaleidoscopic view of a century of protest, belief and identity.

Featuring contributions from some outstanding banner artists  including : Durham Bannermakers, who keep vibrantly alive the traditions of the miners’ groups; Thalia Campbell, whose work captured the unbreakable resolve of Greenham women; Ed Hall, celebrated for his collaborations with Jeremy Deller, Peter Carney, who made heartbreaking memorials for the 96 lost at Hillsborough, Artichoke’s Processions project, for the centenary of women’s suffrage and the Peace Museum, Bradford who have shared a precious collection that brings so much recent history to life.

See Banner Culture, and go away inspired, or angry, or both!

Please be aware that that the exhibition space is on the first floor and unfortunately there is no wheelchair access to this venue. We are working on a virtual tour that will be available shortly.

Interpretation PDF: Banner Culture Exhibition Listing

Watch Talking Banner Culture with Ed Hall, Rob Howell and Emma Shankland filmed by Huckleberry Films:

Banner Culture is created in partnership with Mid Pennine Arts and their Pendle Radicals project.  Pendle Radicals is a part of the Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership, supported by National Lottery Heritage Fund. 

Images by Richard Tymon Photography