People's History Museum

People's History Museum People's History Museum is the national museum of democracy, telling the story of its development in Britain: past, present, and future.
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The People's History Museum in Manchester is a national museum dedicated to telling the story of the British people's fight for democracy. We use our unique historical collections, exhibition and Learning Programme to celebrate the stories of the radical thinkers who believed in ideas worth fighting for.

Join the digital Have Your Say event tonight, Wed 27 May at 7pm where we’ll be on Twitter @PHMMcr talking about COVID-19...
27/05/2020

Join the digital Have Your Say event tonight, Wed 27 May at 7pm where we’ll be on Twitter @PHMMcr talking about COVID-19 and mental health.

Last week young people from mental health charity 42nd Street had their say on the topic. Follow #PHMHaveYourSay to join in or follow the discussion.

Hosted by The WEA: Adult Learning Within Reach tutor Mark Krantz.

Suitable for 16+

23/05/2020
The Fabric of Protest Online

Introduction to the first online Fabric of Protest workshop starting at 2.00pm today on Instagram @phmmcr #fabricofprotest

22/05/2020

Our Doodle Den:
chair + sheet + clothes airer = perfect den?

Look what we've made in our homes - a Doodle Den for May half term! We're challenging you to make a den, pick up a penci...
22/05/2020

Look what we've made in our homes - a Doodle Den for May half term!

We're challenging you to make a den, pick up a pencil and explore PHM’s collections through sketching, scribbling and silliness.

See all the details for the drawing challenges here: https://bit.ly/2XmsOXi

We'd love to see your dens and doodles, please tag us @PHMMcr #DoodleDen 💕

Here's your reminder our popular monthly textile workshop The Fabric of Protest is going online!Join us over on Instagra...
22/05/2020

Here's your reminder our popular monthly textile workshop The Fabric of Protest is going online!

Join us over on Instagram @phmmcr this Sat 23 May from 2pm for an hour of stitching, sharing and chatting with artist Helen Mather.

Find your materials and check out this resource for inspiration and ideas: https://bit.ly/3cUZvkV

This month our sewing will be inspired by nature and the ‘There Is No Planet B’ placard in the museum's collection. Tag us in your photos so we can see your stitches.

#fabricofprotest #craftivism #lockdowncrafts #NoPlanetB

We've been chatting with young people from 42nd Street about how COVID-19 has impacted their mental health this #MentalH...
20/05/2020

We've been chatting with young people from 42nd Street about how COVID-19 has impacted their mental health this #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek

Join us on Twitter @PHMMcr to Have Your Say on this topic on Wed 27 May at 7pm

Hosted by The WEA: Adult Learning Within Reach tutor Mark Krantz.

Follow #PHMHaveYourSay

Our work to bring people together, spread hope and inspire action has never felt so important.If you would like to play ...
20/05/2020

Our work to bring people together, spread hope and inspire action has never felt so important.

If you would like to play your part, join us in solidarity today. You can do this by sharing our online content, by making a donation, or by joining PHM’s Radicals campaign.

There have always been ideas worth fighting for.
https://phm.org.uk/support-us/

3 minute film challenge: want to conquer climate change? Battle bullying? Under 18 with an idea worth fighting for? Take...
19/05/2020

3 minute film challenge: want to conquer climate change? Battle bullying?

Under 18 with an idea worth fighting for? Take action now!

Make a film/animation on your chosen topic and submit it to be part of PHM's new Vital Voters project.

Download the Vital Voters guide to film-making where you find insider tips on scripts, storyboards, sound effects and more.

Submit your completed film and you could find it making an appearance on the Vital Voters gallery!

Full info here: https://bit.ly/3bSaElz

Are you looking for some creative inspiration or an outlet for your thoughts? Our popular monthly textile workshop The F...
16/05/2020

Are you looking for some creative inspiration or an outlet for your thoughts? Our popular monthly textile workshop The Fabric of Protest is going online!

Find ideas for stitching at home in this new digital resource: https://bit.ly/3g25ExY. Then join us on Instagram @phmmcr at 2.00pm on Saturday 23 May for an hour of stitching, sharing and chatting with artist Helen Mather.

This month our sewing will be inspired by the ‘There Is No Planet B’ placard in the museum’s collection. Tag us in your photos so we can see your stitches.

#fabricofprotest #craftivism #lockdowncrafts #MuseumFromHome

Just 15 minutes to go until PHM popular sing-along My First Protest Song live streamed here.  Get your friends and famil...
07/05/2020

Just 15 minutes to go until PHM popular sing-along My First Protest Song live streamed here.
Get your friends and families to join too & enjoy 40 mins of toe-tapping tunes from times of change with singer-songwriter Matt Hill. Great for all ages.

At 11am TOMORROW  (Thursday 7 May) My First Protest SongOne of the most popular sessions for babies and tots, and their ...
06/05/2020

At 11am TOMORROW (Thursday 7 May) My First Protest Song
One of the most popular sessions for babies and tots, and their grown ups, this People’s History Museum regular is now being streamed here for all to enjoy. Join singer-songwriter Matt Hill, who, with guitar in hand, invites you to participate in a workshop full of toe tapping tunes from times of change.

Are you against animal testing? A climate change campaigner? Passionate about plastic?  PHM are inviting young people to...
24/04/2020

Are you against animal testing? A climate change campaigner? Passionate about plastic? PHM are inviting young people to make short films on the issues that matter to them. Submit yours to form part of our Vital Voters collection of campaigns. Get involved!
https://phm.org.uk/vital-voters/make-your-own-campaign-film/ #VitalVoters #YourVoiceCounts #MuseumFromHome Kids in Museums

Explore democracy past and present with our new Vital Voters project.  But why stop there?  We’re inviting young people ...
17/04/2020

Explore democracy past and present with our new Vital Voters project. But why stop there? We’re inviting young people to create and submit campaign films so they can shape the future of democracy. Get involved! https://bit.ly/2yk0lbP
#VitalVoters #YourVoiceCounts #MuseumFromHome

With thanks to UK Parliament,The Speaker's Art Fund, and Nesta's Amplified fund.

#OnThisDay in 1969, the UK voting age was lowered to 18. Today we launch Vital Voters, a new digital project created wit...
17/04/2020

#OnThisDay in 1969, the UK voting age was lowered to 18. Today we launch Vital Voters, a new digital project created with young people, for young people, where they can explore the past, present and future of democracy.
https://phm.org.uk/vital-voters/
#VitalVoters #youngpeople #YourVoiceCounts

15/04/2020

Coming soon.. sorry a bit later than planned as we're making some final tweaks.. Look out for our Make Your Mark den building animation, showing you how to build your own miniature den with items found around the house!
#PHM2020 #migration #MuseumFromHome

For families and adults looking for a creative Easter weekend, our Make Your Mark workshops are going digital! PHM guest...
11/04/2020

For families and adults looking for a creative Easter weekend, our Make Your Mark workshops are going digital! PHM guest artist Collette Whittington has created a 'how to' so you can get printing at home, on the theme of 'home'. Share your creations with us!

This Wednesday we launch an animation with Colette showing how to make paper dens and use your new found printing skills to decorate them 🎨
#PHM2020 #migration #MuseumFromHome

https://phm.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/MAKE-YOUR-MARK-how-to-document.pdf

#OnThisDay 1848, up to 150,000 gathered on Kennington Common at a meeting organised by the Chartists & black Chartist le...
10/04/2020
William Cuffay, Black Chartism and a treasured object - People's History Museum

#OnThisDay 1848, up to 150,000 gathered on Kennington Common at a meeting organised by the Chartists & black Chartist leader William Cuffay.

Learn more about Cuffay, Black British History and a hidden gem in PHM's collection in new #blog by Shirin Hirsch:

On the anniversary of the 1848 Chartist mass meeting on Kennington Common, London, People’s History Museum’s (PHM) Researcher Dr Shirin Hirsch explores the life of PHM Radical William Cuffay – a ‘scion’ of Africa’s oppressed race – and reveals a precious, rare and poetic treasure of Cu...

Pop the kettle on, grab a mid morning snack and tune in to My First Protest Song on Facebook Live, starting soon at 11.0...
09/04/2020

Pop the kettle on, grab a mid morning snack and tune in to My First Protest Song on Facebook Live, starting soon at 11.00am!

Join Matt Hill Songwriter and enjoy some toe tapping tunes from times of change, make some noise and sing some songs! Great for all ages - tell your friends and families!

Excited to bring you My First Protest Song with Matt Hill Songwriter (AKA Quiet Loner) to Facebook Live tomorrow at 11.0...
08/04/2020

Excited to bring you My First Protest Song with Matt Hill Songwriter (AKA Quiet Loner) to Facebook Live tomorrow at 11.00am!

Throughout history people have used songs to help express their ideas. Enjoy toe tapping tunes from times of change, make some noise and sing some songs!

Great for all ages - tell your friends and families! This will be our first 20 minute trial performance; we'd love to know what you think!

Just to say the team are now all working remotely, exploring new ways of inspiring people with the stories of ideas wort...
02/04/2020

Just to say the team are now all working remotely, exploring new ways of inspiring people with the stories of ideas worth fighting for.

This includes rethinking and reshaping our approach to the museum’s headline theme of migration for 2020, which is being co-created with a Community Programme Team made up of people whose lives have been shaped by migration, and features many community-led projects and exhibitions.

Please do keep in touch and support us how you can; look out for news and updates on our website, sign up to our e-newsletter, subscribe to our blog, share on social media, make a donation if you can, and visit us when we’re back open again. #StaySafeStayHome

Just to keep in touch with you all - we're busy WFH on ideas to bring the museum collections, events, exhibitions and le...
20/03/2020

Just to keep in touch with you all - we're busy WFH on ideas to bring the museum collections, events, exhibitions and learning sessions to you. #StaySafeStayHome

A message from Katy Ashton, our Director:  From Wednesday 18 March People's History Museum is closing for a period of ti...
17/03/2020

A message from Katy Ashton, our Director:

From Wednesday 18 March People's History Museum is closing for a period of time following the UK government's announcement of measures to try and combat the impact of COVID-19.

We will share updates here & on our website: https://t.co/LEXpNWdl5w

17/03/2020

To care for the health and well-being of our staff, visitors and the wider public and to reduce risk of COVID-19 from today (17 March) all events and learning sessions at People's History Museum won't be taking place.

The museum is open as usual and we will communicate any further updates on our social media channels and website here: https://bit.ly/3b8ELoR

11/03/2020
Olympias Music Foundation

Watch this, then come and see the full performance this Thursday - Radical Late 'til 8! Everything open - explore the museum, galleries, exhibitions, shop & cafe & check out the full list of what's on here: https://bit.ly/2xtpTml

Don't miss the Women's Voices present: Modern Femininity w/ Anna Ruth McLuckie, @Sean Rogan & Hunrosa at People's History Museum this Thurs 6:30pm! Here's a sneak peek of a Farsi song taught to us by some of the women and arranged by OMF administrator and The University of Manchester composer, Patrick Shepherd for The Eskandari Quartet!

PS - Due to some of the women's circumstances, several ladies were not happy to be videoed but they are standing to the side and very much hope you'll come and see them on Thursday! There will be Q&A afterwards about life in UK as a female asylum seeker/refugee.

Join us this Sunday at 11.30am and take the all NEW #iwd2020 tour as we and explore and celebrate the lives of women you...
06/03/2020

Join us this Sunday at 11.30am and take the all NEW #iwd2020 tour as we and explore and celebrate the lives of women you might not have heard. An equal world is an enabled world. Book your free place: https://bit.ly/2x8nRYv
#EachforEqual #PHM2020

05/03/2020
Sofar Sounds Manchester

Sofar Sounds Manchester

As it's International Women's Day in less than a week, we're highlighting just some of the talented musicians who've performed for us over the years #IWD2020

It was great to have Mali Hayes back performing for us at our #IWD event last year at People's History Museum

Mali is playing Band on the Wall on 16th May and Kendal Calling on 31st July - make sure you check her out! 🎶

The words of activist and author  Salena Godden  will greet visitors to People’s History Museum, the national museum of ...
02/03/2020

The words of activist and author Salena Godden will greet visitors to People’s History Museum, the national museum of democracy, with the unveiling of her poem Pessimism is for Lightweights as a new permanent feature. #PHM2020

A photo from Paula Hope and People's History Museum, Manchester -Thank you!

'Pessimism is for Lightweights' was donated by the author Salena Godden, February 2020, to mark the People's History Museum's 10th birthday on this site. The design is by Craig Oldham.

Godden dedicates this work with love and solidarity "to the people fighting to save the heart of our community and the soul of our humanity."

You can read this poem and more about the poem's new Manchester home via Rough Trade Books or on Salena's blog 'Waiting For Godden' www.salenagodden.co.uk

If you're in Manchester and you pop by the museum, look out for the yellow and don't forget to drop us a line and send us a pic! Thank you! Xx

Olympias Music Foundation
26/02/2020

Olympias Music Foundation

Our protest flags for Women's Voices Choir's performance at People's History Museum are coming together! Join us as we march them through the museum at 6:30pm on 12th March before our concert. The music (feat. Anna Ruth McLuckie, Hunrosa, Sean Rogan, Carmel Smickersgill, & The Eskandari Quartet)'s not half bad either 👌

Pleased to be on this list! Check out & book onto our special tour led by our fab 2020 Community Programme Team here: ht...
25/02/2020
Manchester Confidential

Pleased to be on this list!
Check out & book onto our special tour led by our fab 2020 Community Programme Team here: https://bit.ly/2HR68XT

If you're looking at what to do in 'womanchester' this International Women's Day 👸
The Refuge The Pankhurst People's History Museum

Thursday 9 April 2020, 6.30pm - 7.30pmFind out more: https://bit.ly/2HR68XT #PHM2020
25/02/2020
Comma Press

Thursday 9 April 2020, 6.30pm - 7.30pm
Find out more: https://bit.ly/2HR68XT
#PHM2020

Tickets on sale now for a very special Radical Late event at Manchester's People's History Museum.

We've invited authors David Herd and Monica Ali to speak about their work with The Refugee Tales, plus there's going to be a 'Meet the Activists' marketplace with local refugee and immigration detention action groups.

Find out more about you can be helping local asylum seekers and learn about the immigration detention experience: https://eventbrite.co.uk/e/refugee-tales-a-qa-with-comma-press-and-gatwick-detainee-welfare-group-tickets-91798392463

Exhibition closes this Sunday 23 February at 5.00pm. #PHMPeterloo
20/02/2020
creativetourist.com

Exhibition closes this Sunday 23 February at 5.00pm. #PHMPeterloo

LAST CHANCE: Catch a major exhibition examining the factors that led up to the Peterloo Massacre and its significance as a watershed moment in the history of UK democracy.

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Left Bank, Spinningfields
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PHM in Manchester is the national museum of democracy, telling the story of its development in Britain: past, present, and future. The 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.


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