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
Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge
Factory Media Centre
London Free Press
Toronto Public Library
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