In May, the People History Museum opened an exhibition dedicated to Jo Cox which is the culmination of the inclusive More In Common process – a project pilot of CultureLabs – that has involved the Manchester community over the last two and a half years.
The project, inspired by the life and legacy of Jo Cox, involves a group of 30 people from different backgrounds living in Manchester who have developed a co-creative and silent listening process culminating in the ‘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 can 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.
The exhibition is also designed to have a digital dimension, allowing everyone to learn and explore the details of the work created for Jo Cox and delve into the roots that generated this very important commemoration initiative.