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People's History Museum provides opportunities for all people to learn about, be inspired by and get involved in ideas worth fighting for; ideas such as equality, social justice, co-operation, and a fair world for all.

On this day in 1972, the first national strike by miners since 1926 was called by the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM...
09/01/2024

On this day in 1972, the first national strike by miners since 1926 was called by the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM). With a reinvigorated thirst for justice, miners and their families went out on marches and pickets in an explosive dispute that shook Britain.

The strike was a victory for the miners, ending with an improved pay offer, and was followed by another victorious strike in 1974.

Find out more about the success of the 1974 miners’ strike and the legacy that followed in this blog by Dr Shirin Hirsch: https://phm.org.uk/blogposts/miners-strike-1974-a-victory-for-workers/

This is the first in a series of three blogs exploring this year’s Miners’ strikes anniversaries, 50 years since 1974 and 40 years since 1984.

Image: Littleton Colliery Support the Miners mug by Lou Kenton, 1985. Image courtesy of People’s History Museum.

Who’s doing Dry January?  The Cadets of Temperance formed in America in 1846 to discourage boys aged to 12 to 18 and the...
05/01/2024

Who’s doing Dry January?

The Cadets of Temperance formed in America in 1846 to discourage boys aged to 12 to 18 and their parents from drinking alcohol and using to***co. A major attraction was the group’s colourful regalia, and meetings which involved the use of secret passwords.

By 1854 the movement had branches worldwide, including in Manchester, and began to welcome women as members. Over time, the Cadets also served as a mutual aid society in case of illness.

In The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, Tom joins the Cadets but he quits after three days, realising that a life of temperance is not for him.

This banner will be on display in PHM's 2024 Banner Exhibition, open from 1 February 2024.

Image: Cadets of Temperance, Manchester Branch banner, 1930s. Image courtesy of People's History Museum.

A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,With good luck to labour, hand, heart and brain,Stick fast to your banner, stand ...
21/12/2023

A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,
With good luck to labour, hand, heart and brain,
Stick fast to your banner, stand solid, nor veer,
Till the cause of the Workers renews earth again.

Image: The Cause of Labour is the Hope of the World by Walter Crane, around 1890s.

PHM will be closed throughout January 2024 🚧  Our new year opening will be on 1 February 2024 for you to reinvigorate yo...
18/12/2023

PHM will be closed throughout January 2024 🚧

Our new year opening will be on 1 February 2024 for you to reinvigorate yourself with . During January, PHM will carry out further work as part of the Welcome Project, which stems from the museum’s vision to be an exemplar for accessibility.

United we stand, divided we fall. A phrase that can be traced back to Aesop’s fables and which was adopted by trade unio...
15/12/2023

United we stand, divided we fall. A phrase that can be traced back to Aesop’s fables and which was adopted by trade unionists as a mantra of collective power.

Strength and unity have a strong presence on this banner from the Amalgamated Society of Woodworkers, a union which formed in 1921.

This banner will be on display in PHM’s 2024 Banner Exhibition which opens 1 February 2024.

Where do you fit amongst our  ? Take the PHM personality quiz to find out your radical match: https://bit.ly/3butC1l  Th...
13/12/2023

Where do you fit amongst our ? Take the PHM personality quiz to find out your radical match: https://bit.ly/3butC1l
There is an option at the end to sign up for our e-newsletter, for regular PHM updates and content straight to your inbox!

We are looking for creative freelancers as we launch our new Learning programme for 2024! These roles will be developing...
12/12/2023

We are looking for creative freelancers as we launch our new Learning programme for 2024! These roles will be developing workshops for schools and young people.

Freelance Oracy Workshop Developer
Freelance Art Workshop Developer

Budget: £1,400 plus approved expenses

https://phm.org.uk/vacancies-volunteering/

On a guided tour of PHM, discover how the Labour movement developed and hear stories behind objects such as the first mi...
30/11/2023

On a guided tour of PHM, discover how the Labour movement developed and hear stories behind objects such as the first minutes of the Labour Party and an oil lamp belonging to Keir Hardie, founder of the Labour Party.

Wednesday 6 December, 11.00am and 2.00pm.

Book tickets:

People’s History Museum will close on Sunday 31 December 2023 and re-open on Thursday 1 February 2024 so that it can carry out further work as part of the Welcome Project at PHM, which stems from the museum’s vision to be an exemplar for accessibility.

After a year marked by strike action, take a look back at forty years of picket lines through five objects in PHM’s coll...
23/11/2023

After a year marked by strike action, take a look back at forty years of picket lines through five objects in PHM’s collection. 💪

Manchester Deliveroo strike leaflet, 2020
Fire Brigades Union Cap, 2002-2003
Royal College of Nursing Fair Pay for Nurses badge, 2023
National Union of Journalists (NUJ) picket armband, 1986
Miners’ Strike fact sheet leaflet, 1984.

For the first time, these strike-related objects are now on display in PHM’s Collections Spotlight case in Main Gallery One.

Is it too early to get the Christmas tree up? Because these adorable Xmas Bee decorations from The Magpie's Daughter jew...
21/11/2023

Is it too early to get the Christmas tree up? Because these adorable Xmas Bee decorations from The Magpie's Daughter jewellery have us ready to start decorating now 🎄 🐝

Available in PHM shop!

The Labour Party has changed a lot over the years. We're exploring its origins on Saturday 2 December to see where the L...
21/11/2023

The Labour Party has changed a lot over the years. We're exploring its origins on Saturday 2 December to see where the Labour movement began, as we approach 100 years since the first Labour government, which came to power in January 1924.

Delve into the Labour Party archive held by PHM and hear from a panel of Labour historians chaired by Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Angela Rayner.

Book tickets (£20): https://phm.org.uk/events_new/1923-general-election-centenary-commemoration/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Post&utm_campaign=1923+centenary

Image: Labour Clears the Way poster, 1910. Howitt & Son, Nottingham. Image courtesy of People's History Museum.

On a guided tour of PHM, discover how the Labour movement developed and hear stories behind objects such as the first mi...
20/11/2023

On a guided tour of PHM, discover how the Labour movement developed and hear stories behind objects such as the first minutes of the Labour Party and an oil lamp belonging to Keir Hardie, founder of the Labour Party.

Wednesday 6 December, 11.00am and 2.00pm.

Book tickets: https://phm.org.uk/events_new/labour-movement-tour/

Image: First minutes of the Labour Party, 1906. Image courtesy of People's History Museum.

Announcing the speakers coming to PHM on Saturday 2 December🎤  PHM’s 1923 General Election centenary event will mark the...
09/11/2023

Announcing the speakers coming to PHM on Saturday 2 December🎤

PHM’s 1923 General Election centenary event will mark the election which led to Britain’s first Labour government taking office in January 1924.
A panel discussion will be chaired by Deputy Leader of the Labour Party Angela Rayner, with guest panelists:

• Professor Keith Laybourn, Labour historian
• Professor Clare Griffiths, Professor of Modern History at Cardiff University
• Professor Steven Fielding, Emeritus Professor of Political History at the University of Nottingham

Book tickets: https: https://phm.org.uk/events_new/1923-general-election-centenary-commemoration/

06/11/2023

Henry Hunt, the radical speaker advocating reform and rights at Peterloo, was born 250 years ago today.

He was arrested on charges of high treason and later convicted for sedition, for which he spent over two years in prison.

The right-wing press called them socialist ‘wild men’. Liberals and Conservatives hoped they would show themselves incap...
01/11/2023

The right-wing press called them socialist ‘wild men’. Liberals and Conservatives hoped they would show themselves incapable of governing. This December marks 100 years since the General Election which saw the first government come to power.

On 2 December 2023, join PHM for a 1923 General Election centenary commemoration with guided tours, an archive open day and a panel discussion chaired by Deputy Leader of the Labour Party Angela Rayner. Discover how the labour movement developed and the impact of the 1923 election.

Book tickets: https://phm.org.uk/events_new/1923-general-election-centenary-commemoration/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Post&utm_campaign=1923+centenary

Image: Greet The Dawn poster, 1923 by Meritt A.S. for The Labour Party. Image courtesy of People's History Museum.

Where do you fit amongst our  ? Take the PHM personality quiz to find out your radical match: https://bit.ly/3butC1lTher...
25/10/2023

Where do you fit amongst our ? Take the PHM personality quiz to find out your radical match: https://bit.ly/3butC1l

There is an option at the end to sign up for our e-newsletter, for regular PHM updates and content straight to your inbox!

‘A disco which will give John Travolta piles!’ Nothing like a bit of scouse activism.  This Merseyside Rock Against Raci...
12/10/2023

‘A disco which will give John Travolta piles!’ Nothing like a bit of scouse activism.

This Merseyside Rock Against Racism poster will be amongst materials on display at PHM’s Black History Month archive open day on Saturday 21 October. Book here: https://phm.org.uk/events_new/black-history-month-archive-open-day/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Post&utm_campaign=Black+History+Month+2023

And if you’re based in London, LSE Library will also be holding a Black History Month archive open day on Thursday 26 October: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/black-history-month-archive-drop-in-session-tickets-699712056597?aff=oddtdtcreator

Explore the history of the Labour Party. 100 years ago, the 1923 General Election saw Britain’s first Labour government ...
11/10/2023

Explore the history of the Labour Party. 100 years ago, the 1923 General Election saw Britain’s first Labour government elected into parliament.

Join PHM on Saturday 2 December for a 1923 General Election centenary commemoration, with guided tours, an archive open day and guest speakers including Deputy Leader of the Labour Party Angela Rayner and labour historian Professor Keith Laybourn.

Early bird tickets available for £18 until 15 October: https://phm.org.uk/events_new/1923-general-election-centenary-commemoration/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Post&utm_campaign=1923+centenary

Image: Labour Clears the Way poster, 1910. Howitt & Son, Nottingham. Image courtesy of People's History Museum.

Vote for People’s History Museum as your Most-Loved Arts/Cultural Venue in the I Love Manchester 2023 awards by Monday 9...
06/10/2023

Vote for People’s History Museum as your Most-Loved Arts/Cultural Venue in the I Love Manchester 2023 awards by Monday 9 October! https://ilovemanchester.com/awards

PHM’s Nothing About Us Without Us (NAUWU) exhibition has been nominated for Best Exhibition at the Manchester Culture Aw...
04/10/2023

PHM’s Nothing About Us Without Us (NAUWU) exhibition has been nominated for Best Exhibition at the Manchester Culture Awards 2023! 🎉

NAUWU was co-curated with people identifying as disabled, exploring the history of disabled people’s activism. Visit until Monday 16 October 2023.

A raised fist represents resistance. It represents power from below and solidarity between people joined in political st...
26/09/2023

A raised fist represents resistance. It represents power from below and solidarity between people joined in political struggle.

A visual symbol used internationally by many different social movements and political organisations, the raised fist has become an iconic and familiar symbol. Find out more in a guest blog by art historian Simon Faulkner: https://phm.org.uk/blogposts/the-raised-fist-a-history-of-the-symbol/

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Simon Faulker is an art historian leading a fully funded collaborative PhD, between Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) and People’s History Museum (PHM), which focuses on the analysis of the use of the iconic raised fist symbol in anti-colonial and anti-racist posters in PHM’s political poster collection.

Image: 'Fight for a Socialist Future' Young Communist League poster, around 1970. Image courtesy of People's History Museum.

When might a desire for peace cause conflict?  There was a rift when the No More War Movement (NMWM), founded in 1921 wi...
21/09/2023

When might a desire for peace cause conflict?

There was a rift when the No More War Movement (NMWM), founded in 1921 with socialist and pacifist principles, refused to support either side during the Spanish Civil War. Some members left, as they fiercely supported the Republican fighters means of resisting fascism.

In 1937, the NMWM merged with the Peace Pledge Union, which is still going strong today.

Image: No More War Movement Chiswick Branch banner, around 1930.

Was Thomas Paine the one truly radical Founding Father?  In a one man play from Ruskin Productions, explore the influenc...
20/09/2023

Was Thomas Paine the one truly radical Founding Father?

In a one man play from Ruskin Productions, explore the influence of Thomas Paine as he helped spark the American Revolution and called on people to use reason as the basis of beliefs and morality.

Book tickets: https://phm.org.uk/events_new/to-begin-the-world-over-again-the-life-of-thomas-paine/

Image: Left to right Thomas Paine etched print by John Kay after George Romney, 1801. Thomas Paine’s death mask, 1909. Images courtesy of People’s History Museum

We have now entered the final month of PHM’s Nothing About Us Without Us exhibition 😢  Check out these object highlights...
18/09/2023

We have now entered the final month of PHM’s Nothing About Us Without Us exhibition 😢

Check out these object highlights and visit before Monday 16 October 2023, when the exhibition will close.

[1] Mat Frasers prosthetic arms, used during his famous ‘The Arms’ st******se, 2005. On loan from Mat Fraser.

[2] To boldly go where all others have gone before t-shirt, around 1993 to 1995. On loan from the Disabled People’s Archive.

[3] Lorina Bulwer sampler, late 19th century. On loan from Costume and Textile Collection, Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery

explores the past, present and future of disabled people’s activism and ongoing fight for rights and inclusion.

The exhibition has been co-curated by four community curators who identify as disabled people and guided by a steering group who have been working with the museum since 2018.

15/09/2023

Today is International Day of Democracy.

What does democracy mean to you?

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