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.

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.

Planning what to do that's free with the kids next week? A visit to the headline exhibition, Disrupt? Peterloo and Prote...
20/05/2019

Planning what to do that's free with the kids next week?
A visit to the headline exhibition, Disrupt? Peterloo and Protest, is recommended. Introducing the story of the Peterloo Massacre, which took place in Manchester 200 years ago. Watch the film, see a painting of the Captain of the Yeomanry and a dress worn on the day; then check out our Protest Lab.
https://phm.org.uk/exhibitions/disrupt-peterloo-and-protest/
Also opening its doors is the Doodle Den; spend time with a spot of scribbling or sketching and keep your eye out for opportunities to take part in playful protests throughout the building! #protest #MyProtestPHM #Peterloo2019

Whose going to cheer on the runners today? Big woop for our team of Radical Runners! 🏅They’ll run the Great Manchester R...
19/05/2019
Radical Runners for People's History Museum on MyDonate

Whose going to cheer on the runners today? Big woop for our team of Radical Runners! 🏅They’ll run the Great Manchester Run 10k this afternoon, raising funds and awareness of the incredible work of the museum 🏃🏼‍♀️🏃🏻‍♂️ #ideasworthsupporting
bitly.com/PHMRadicalRunners

Lord Steve Bassam, John Donegan, Callum White, Sarah Isherwood and Arek Lisowski are taking part in the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run 10k...

Pack The Suitcases on PHM: 'This is my absolute favourite thing in Manchester...if you like equality, social justice and...
16/05/2019

Pack The Suitcases on PHM: 'This is my absolute favourite thing in Manchester...if you like equality, social justice and women's suffrage you're going to be in your element. Also, the gift shop is next level.'

In case you missed it, this week's post is a great big guide to Manchester, UK: https://www.packthesuitcases.com/manchester-places-to-visit-things-to-do/ Thought it was about time I wrote about my local city seeing as I've been doing 'blogging research' (aka eating and drinking a lot) here for years 😂

Keen to get involved commemorating the Peterloo Massacre’s bicentenary in 2019?At the Radical Late today meet individual...
09/05/2019

Keen to get involved commemorating the Peterloo Massacre’s bicentenary in 2019?

At the Radical Late today meet individuals and organisations from across Manchester and find out how you can become a part of the events or just offer an opinion, presented in partnership with Manchester Histories.

We've two Peterloo 2019 Network Meetings at PHM: Thursday 9 May 2019 at 2.00pm & 6.00pm - all welcome. Museum, cafe and shop all open until 8.00pm.

17/04/2019

Here at PHM we're wondering what's your type of playful protest?

17/04/2019

Here at PHM we're wondering what's your type of playful protest?

In Manchester city centre and looking for FREE Family Friendly activity with your over 5's today? Drop in at 1pm to our ...
17/04/2019

In Manchester city centre and looking for FREE Family Friendly activity with your over 5's today?
Drop in at 1pm to our workshop and Make Your Mark with photography - bring your own phone or digital device or borrow one of ours. More info: http://ow.ly/zBRt50qBjE9
And there's loads more to do at our award winning Family Friendly museum and did you know visitors to our events get discount in our cafe and shop?

Bored of Brexit? Join The Frog and Bucket Comedy Club at PHM's #RadicalLate tomorrow eve (Thurs) for a comical debate fo...
10/04/2019

Bored of Brexit? Join The Frog and Bucket Comedy Club at PHM's #RadicalLate tomorrow eve (Thurs) for a comical debate for and against freedom of speech. Which comedian will you side with?! Book now!
https://phm.org.uk/events/how-free-is-your-speech/

Just a short walk from PHM, visit Johnrylands Library’s new Peterloo exhibition. Uncover the personal stories behind Pet...
09/04/2019

Just a short walk from PHM, visit Johnrylands Library’s new Peterloo exhibition. Uncover the personal stories behind Peterloo through the Library's original handwritten records, historic newspapers and unique documents. Search ‘Rylands Peterloo’ to find out more. #Peterloo2019

08/04/2019
The Past, Present + Future of Protest

Throughout 2019 People's History Museum’s year long programme of exhibitions, events and learning sessions explore the past, present and future of protest, marking 200 years since the Peterloo Massacre; a major event in Manchester’s history, and a defining moment for Britain’s democracy. Visit soon and discover ideas worth fighting for. https://phm.org.uk/whats-on/

Looking for something to do this Saturday with your family?We are looking for families to photograph taking part in our ...
03/04/2019

Looking for something to do this Saturday with your family?

We are looking for families to photograph taking part in our new family activities. We have music workshops for babies and toddlers, and hula hooping, ping pong, new sensory lighting in our family area and more for visitors of all ages to take part in.

As a thank you we would like to treat you to free cake and refreshments in our cafe afterwards!

Visit this Saturday 6 April any time between 11.00am and 1.00pm. Let us know if you can make it by calling 0161 838 9190 or emailing liz.thorpe[at]phm.org.uk.

If you would like to take part in our music workshop (11.00am - 11.25am & 11.30am - 11.55am) booking is essential: https://bit.ly/2T2IIBT

Roll up, roll up! Our Radical Runners team are taking part in this year’s Great Manchester Run 10k on 19 May 2019 to sup...
02/04/2019

Roll up, roll up! Our Radical Runners team are taking part in this year’s Great Manchester Run 10k on 19 May 2019 to support PHM! Please give generously and support the national museum of democracy, the home of ideas worth fighting for. Give our #RadicalRunners a radical cheer when you see them run by!
https://mydonate.bt.com/events/radicalrunners/490944

No plans this weekend? Be the first to see our new exhibition Disrupt? Peterloo and Protest, opening this Sat 23 March! ...
19/03/2019

No plans this weekend? Be the first to see our new exhibition Disrupt? Peterloo and Protest, opening this Sat 23 March! See original Peterloo artefacts displayed together for the first time, alongside a specially commissioned film bringing to life the story of the Manchester massacre.

Including a Protest Lab and newly acquired pieces telling more recent stories of protest, this major exhibition explores creative disobedience and the role it plays today.

How have you protested? We want your objects! The first drop off day is this Saturday in the Protest Lab, 11.00am – 2.00pm. See you there!

https://phm.org.uk/exhibitions/disrupt-peterloo-and-protest/

For Internationalwomensday check out our NEW BLOG from our friend & historian Helen Antrobus on the women of Peterloo. H...
08/03/2019
The women of Peterloo - People's History Museum

For Internationalwomensday check out our NEW BLOG from our friend & historian Helen Antrobus on the women of Peterloo. Helen talks about #PHMRadical Mary Fildes and Mrs Mabbott's dress, loaned from our friends Manchester Art Gallery for our next exhibition, Disrupt?Peterloo and Protest opening Sat 23 March 2019 and supported by National Lottery Heritage Fund #PHMPeterloo #Peterloo2019 #IWD2019

https://phm.org.uk/blogposts/the-women-of-peterloo/

Have you signed up for the Great Manchester Run 10k or half marathon on Sun 19 May? Do you love People’s History Museum?...
03/03/2019

Have you signed up for the Great Manchester Run 10k or half marathon on Sun 19 May? Do you love People’s History Museum? Join our team of #RadicalRunners and run for the museum, supporting #ideasworthfightingfor! Contact sarah.miguel[at]phm.org.uk for more info 🏃🏼‍♀️🏃🏻‍♂️

#ideasworthsupporting

What's the connection between PHM Radical The Jam's Paul Weller and Peterloo? Find out in our new blog from The Universi...
01/03/2019

What's the connection between PHM Radical The Jam's Paul Weller and Peterloo? Find out in our new blog from The University of Manchester's Dr Michael Sanders, on Percy Bysshe Shelley's poem The Masque of Anarchy.

See a first edition of the poem on display at PHM until the end of April 2019, loaned from our friends at the Working Class Movement Library.

https://phm.org.uk/blogposts/from-paul-weller-to-peterloo/

So what did PHM Radical Peter Tatchell think of a play about Peter Tatchell?! Delighted to share blog 3 of 3 from PHM Pl...
28/02/2019

So what did PHM Radical Peter Tatchell think of a play about Peter Tatchell?! Delighted to share blog 3 of 3 from PHM Playwright in Residence Stephen M Hornby, following the first rehearsed reading of his new Inkbrew Productions play First Rumours with Nathan Morris at PHM earlier this month. Have a read and celebrate the final day of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans History Month UK 2019:

https://phm.org.uk/blogposts/phms-playwright-in-residence-blog-3-of-3/

Do you come from a migrant background? Have you recently arrived to live in the UK? Please take 10 minutes to tell us ab...
21/02/2019

Do you come from a migrant background? Have you recently arrived to live in the UK? Please take 10 minutes to tell us about your experience and give us your opinions on engaging with cultural activities. The online questionnaire (link below) is easy to complete and anonymous. If you would prefer a paper version or have any questions, please contact abir.tobji[at]phm.org.uk.

https://www.soscisurvey.de/CultureLabs_CM/

Excited for Manchester Youth Zone to TAKE OVER PHM's Instagram today! Organised with our friends at Kids in Museums. Hea...
21/02/2019

Excited for Manchester Youth Zone to TAKE OVER PHM's Instagram today! Organised with our friends at Kids in Museums. Head over and stay tuned:
https://www.instagram.com/phmmcr/?hl=en

Commentators have been comparing the resignations of seven MPs from The Labour Party yesterday to the formation of the S...
19/02/2019

Commentators have been comparing the resignations of seven MPs from The Labour Party yesterday to the formation of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in 1981. In January 1981, four former cabinet ministers, Bill Rodgers, Shirley Williams, Roy Jenkins and David Owen, who became known as the 'gang of four', broke away to form the SDP.

The 'Independent Group' of Labour Party MPs who resigned yesterday has rejected comparisons with the SDP formation in 1981. Book an appointment in our archive to view Michael Foot's (Labour leader at the time) related correspondence, Labour Weekly magazine which contains reports of the split, records of the Labour Party National Executive Committee (NEC) and more - and make up your own mind! #LabourSpilt

Are you attending the #schoolstrike4climate protests today? We'd love your placards! Email collections[at]phm.org.uk wit...
15/02/2019

Are you attending the #schoolstrike4climate protests today? We'd love your placards! Email collections[at]phm.org.uk with details #ideasworthcollecting

In Manchester today? Looking for a Valentine's Day with a difference? It's our Radical Late opening til 8.00pm! Explore ...
14/02/2019

In Manchester today? Looking for a Valentine's Day with a difference? It's our Radical Late opening til 8.00pm! Explore the galleries and shop, join Peterloo 2019 Network Meeting with Manchester Histories, experience PHM's Living History performance 'Peterloo', and round off your visit with a glass of wine or hot drink at The Left Bank cafe bar!
https://phm.org.uk/events/radical-lates/when/1550163600/

NEW BLOG ALERT! Historian Peter Morgan, also head writer for our friends at The Radical Tea Towel Company, explored our ...
08/02/2019

NEW BLOG ALERT! Historian Peter Morgan, also head writer for our friends at The Radical Tea Towel Company, explored our 2019 Banner Display and has 'a newfound respect for the visual'. Visit soon to see the new display of banners, specially chosen to reflect PHM's 2019 programme exploring the past, present and future of protest.
https://phm.org.uk/blogposts/2019-banner-display-learning-a-new-respect/

Delighted you enjoyed your visit and explored so much!PHM offers a powerful programme with annual themes; 2018 looked at...
05/02/2019

Delighted you enjoyed your visit and explored so much!

PHM offers a powerful programme with annual themes; 2018 looked at representation and commemorated 100 years since the first women and all men won the right to vote in Britain, 2019 sees a year of activities around protest movements to mark the bicentenary of the Peterloo Massacre in Manchester, and the programme for 2020 will be on the theme of migration and identity.

We look forward to welcoming you back again soon to enjoy more of our inspiring Learning Programme.

Some of our year 7, 8 and 9 students took part in an exchange programme with Hazel Grove High school students at Peoples History Museum. Students explored the suffragettes and Peterloo exhibitions and then took part in belonging and identity workshops, while getting to know each other and making clay tiles for each other. The students enjoyed it from both schools and will be looking forward to visiting each other’s schools soon.

People's History Museum's cover photo
04/02/2019

People's History Museum's cover photo

Have Your Say on how far have we come since 1918? Tomorrow (Sat 2 Feb 1-3pm) as we celebrate the final weekend of Repres...
01/02/2019

Have Your Say on how far have we come since 1918? Tomorrow (Sat 2 Feb 1-3pm) as we celebrate the final weekend of Represent! Voices 100 Years On exhibition with the curator Helen Antrobus and some of the wonderful partners and friends who helped us to reflect, interpret, challenge and engage audiences in this crowd sourced exhibition.
https://phm.org.uk/events/have-your-say-2/when/1549112400/

28/01/2019
Represent! Voices 100 Years On

QUICK! It's the last week of Represent! Voices 100 Years On exhibition - ends this Sunday 3 February! Haven't visited the exhibition yet? Take a quick virtual tour for a taster of what you'll discover:
https://youtu.be/x9ggd198Oy4

Represent! Voices 100 Years On reflects on those who campaigned for better representation; most famously the suffragists and the militant suffragettes. Acqui...

Don't miss Represent! Voices 100 Years On exhibition - ends Sun 3 Feb! This crowdsourced exhibition reflects on those wh...
25/01/2019

Don't miss Represent! Voices 100 Years On exhibition - ends Sun 3 Feb! This crowdsourced exhibition reflects on those who campaigned for better representation, including the suffragists and suffragettes, and gives a platform to those fighting to make their voices heard today, asking how far have we really come in 100 years?
https://phm.org.uk/exhibitions/represent-voices-100-years-on/

Want to work with us? We're looking to recruit two roles to join the PHM team: an Archive Manager and a Programme Office...
24/01/2019

Want to work with us? We're looking to recruit two roles to join the PHM team: an Archive Manager and a Programme Officer. Deadline to apply is 5.00pm on Wed 13 February.
https://phm.org.uk/vacancies-volunteering/

Check out our new 2019 Banner Display - opening tomorrow, Sat 19 January! Part of PHM's 2019 programme exploring protest...
18/01/2019

Check out our new 2019 Banner Display - opening tomorrow, Sat 19 January! Part of PHM's 2019 programme exploring protest: past, present and future, this new exhibition of banners has been carefully curated to reflect key moments of protest in Greater Manchester and across the UK, representing a mix of creatively disobedient ideas and actions along the road to democratic reform, from the Peterloo Massacre in Manchester in 1819 to today.
https://phm.org.uk/exhibitions/2019-banner-display/

LISTEN NOW to Represent! Voices 100 Years On exhibition podcast 5 of 6.  In this episode, the exhibition's curator Helen...
18/01/2019

LISTEN NOW to Represent! Voices 100 Years On exhibition podcast 5 of 6. In this episode, the exhibition's curator Helen Antrobus explores the role of the media in representing and misrepresenting individuals and communities; from suffrage campaigns of the past to recent campaigns like Legally Black. Thanks Podcast.co for supporting!
https://phm.org.uk/exhibitions/represent-voices-100-years-on/

Last night’s rejection of the Brexit deal by 230 votes represented the largest defeat by a serving British government. T...
16/01/2019

Last night’s rejection of the Brexit deal by 230 votes represented the largest defeat by a serving British government. The second largest occurred in 1924 when the minority Labour government of Ramsay MacDonald was defeated by 166 votes.

This was turbulent period with general elections in 1918, 1922, 1923, 1924 and 1929. Power switched at various times between the Liberal, the Conservative and the Labour parties, and sometimes coalitions of all three parties shared power.

In 1924, following a series of parliamentary defeats Ramsey MacDonald called a general election and lost. However, he went on to stand in the 1929 general election and form another minority government.

The 1929 general election was the first in which women could vote on equal terms to men. In this video, you can see how the Labour Party attempted to appeal to these new voters with Ramsey MacDonald portrayed as the modern man unlike the dull Liberal and Conservative leaders: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=duYqWkMmim0&t=0s

You can find out more about Ramsey MacDonald and this turbulent period in political history by visiting the museum’s Main Gallery One or accessing our archive which contains the complete holdings of the Labour Party: https://phm.org.uk/collections/labour-history-archive-study-centre/

Address

Left Bank, Spinningfields
Manchester
M3 3ER

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

Telephone

0161 838 9190

Website

Alerts

Be the first to know and let us send you an email when People's History Museum posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Videos

Category