Millennium Gallery exhibition sparks Brexit debate

15 May 2017

A researcher for the History department from the University of Sheffield has spoken about Brexit at the Millennium Gallery’s newest instalment; Protest Lab.

Liz Goodwin’s talk looked at the narrative surrounding the Leave and Remain campaigns, as well as Sheffield’s anti-establishment history.

It also explored how emotional rhetoric was brought in to an appeal to leave the European Union, affecting the outcome, and was followed by a discussion amongst eager attendees.

The exhibition displays an intricate timeline of Sheffield’s activist history since the 1700s, as well as an interactive opportunity for current residents to write their issues on a wall, contributing to the exhibition.

The two-year project is an interactive and experimental social space at the City Centre Gallery that aims to allow and encourage people to challenge and talk about current issues surrounding activism.

The series of exhibitions will mark the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, which gave the vote to women over the age of 30 who owned property and men over 21.


Curated by Louisa Briggs, Protest Lab is helping to shape Millennium’s upcoming Sheffield: Protest and Activism programme, supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Collection Fund.

Researcher Sarah Kenny will be giving a talk on Community Activism and Youth Culture on Tuesday from 1-1.45 pm.

The exhibition ends on 21 May. Find out more here:


Written by Bryony Ormes

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