About this exhibition

Colourful banners displayed in a gallery, the walls painted in vivid yellow and blue
All Together Now! exhibition at WAHC in 2019

The virtual exhibition All Together Now! aims to share the importance of labour union banners to the material culture of the labour movement over time. The beauty and utility of the banners highlighted here allowed workers to represent their union while fostering collective pride and purpose.

The Workers Arts and Heritage Centre is a community museum and arts centre, which offers exhibitions, educational programs, digital projects, and community events that explore perspectives in labour history, social justice, and contemporary labour issues. WAHC also has a permanent collection of thousands of artifacts, which relate to labour history and workers’ experiences. 

WAHC’s collection includes 25 labour union banners and flags from the early 20th century to the turn of the 21st century. A large proportion of these banners represent garment and textile workers in Ontario and Quebec. They were donated to WAHC in 2003 by the UNITE (formerly the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees) Ontario Council.

All Together Now! expands on the exhibition of the same name, mounted in 2019 at WAHC. This virtual exhibition was developed between 2022 and 2023 with generous support from the Museums Assistance Program of Canadian Heritage. 


Peter Pavement and Amy Hetherington, Surface Impression  web development and project management

Melanie Morton, Surface Impression  website coordination

Tara Bursey  project development, research and writing

Keely Shaw  research and writing

Brody Robinmeyer  artifact photography

Isabel Brandt, Soka Luft-Rodriguez, Madeleine Fletcher  collection and photography assistants

Hayley Annhernu  copy editing

Blanche Israël  translation services

Thank you

Siobhan Angus

Florencia Berinstein

Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge

Factory Media Centre

London Free Press

Toronto Public Library

Ian Walker

Bud Wong, Chinese Canadian Military Museum Society

Steven Calco, Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation & Archives, Cornell University

Nicole Aszalos, Lambton County Archives

Don Smith, Cornwall Community Museum

University of Western Ontario Libraries and Archives