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. People's History Museum in Manchester is a national museum dedicated to telling the story of the British people's fight for democracy.
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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.

Open with service changes

📅Reopening Tues 1 September⏰Open Tues to Sun, 10am-5pm🖥️ Register to visit from 18 Aug⬇️New safety measures in placeAll ...
11/08/2020

📅Reopening Tues 1 September
⏰Open Tues to Sun, 10am-5pm
🖥️ Register to visit from 18 Aug
⬇️New safety measures in place

All you need to know: https://bit.ly/3aeNsOT

01/08/2020
MY FIRST PROTEST SONG - AUGUST

MY FIRST PROTEST SONG - AUGUST
Throughout history people have used songs to help express their ideas. With your babies and tots, sing along to Bob Marley, Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan.

Join Matt Hill Songwriter for this multi-sensory workshop full of toe tapping tunes from times of change. Make some noise and sing some songs!

Family Friendly activity, suitable for toddlers to grown ups.

Tomorrow, SATURDAY 1 July @ 11AM: Join singer-songwriter Matt Hill (aka Quiet Loner) on #FacebookLive for My First Prote...
31/07/2020

Tomorrow, SATURDAY 1 July @ 11AM:
Join singer-songwriter Matt Hill (aka Quiet Loner) on #FacebookLive for My First Protest Song! 🎶 Come and enjoy a workshop full of toe-tapping tunes from times of change. Lots of fun for all ages, especially little radicals. Have a go at making your own instruments from around the house to join in with! ✊

#MuseumFromHome

29/07/2020
Have Your Say: Covid 19 and independent living

Disabled people talked about independent living and Covid-19 in this month's Have Your Say with our friends Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People
The issues raised NEED to be shared and discussed further.
If you missed the live stream, you can now catch up on the whole discussion on YouTube: https://bit.ly/3f78pMv
BSL interpretation included in the recording.

This live-streamed Have Your Say event took place on Saturday 25 July 2020, 2.00pm - 3.00pm. Have Your Say: Covid-19 and independent living Independent livin...

Thanks Museum Crush for choosing to uncover and share this incredible PHM object with a powerful story to tell!See this ...
27/07/2020

Thanks Museum Crush for choosing to uncover and share this incredible PHM object with a powerful story to tell!
See this prize piece on display in Main Gallery One when we reopen on Tuesday 1 September.

This is an 1821 banner for the Tin Plate Workers Society. At nearly 200 years old it is the world’s oldest trade union banner and was originally designed to be flown like a flag – it even has the Union Flag in the upper left corner.

The banner is on permanent display at the People's History Museum, which celebrates its 10-year anniversary in 2020. The museum has a collection of over 450 banners, including some of the most important trade union and political banners in the world.

See the ethos and spirit of the museum through 10 star objects: https://museumcrush.org/ideas-worth-fighting-for-peoples-history-museum-10-years-on/

Sign up to the Museum Crush email digest for more stories like this: https://museumcrush.org/email-digest/

📷 Tin Plate Workers Society banner, 1821 © People's History Museum

Join the discussion on independent living and Covid-19 this Saturday 25 July at 2pm and Have Your SayBook your FREE tick...
21/07/2020

Join the discussion on independent living and Covid-19 this Saturday 25 July at 2pm and Have Your Say

Book your FREE tickets here: https://bit.ly/2ZMW8J1
Event will be livestreamed on PHM's YouTube with joining details emailed in advance.

Part of Nothing About Us Without Us; a project exploring the history of disabled people's rights and activism.

Just one day until The Fabric of Protest workshop tomorrow, Sat 18 July at 2pm. Get your materials ready and join Artist...
17/07/2020

Just one day until The Fabric of Protest workshop tomorrow, Sat 18 July at 2pm.

Get your materials ready and join Artist Helen Mather on Instagram Live for an hour of stitching inspired by your experience of work and the Cliff Rowe paintings in PHM's collection.

Here's one we made earlier!

Find out more & download the FREE resource: https://bit.ly/3fBWaJa

Be inspired to join us & stitch this Saturday, 18 July at The Fabric of Protest workshop LIVE on @phmmcr Instagram at 2p...
15/07/2020

Be inspired to join us & stitch this Saturday, 18 July at The Fabric of Protest workshop LIVE on @phmmcr Instagram at 2pm.

We're asking how has Covid-19 changed what work looks like for you? What are your hopes for the future?

Artist Helen Mather has created this piece inspired by her own experiences and the paintings of Cliff Rowe in PHM's collection:

'I was thinking about small arts organisations and individual artists who will struggle to continue through the Covid crisis. There’s a larger conversation happening around funding arts and culture, and I wanted to shed light on these grass roots projects that are happening in towns and villages, not just cities. When I say ‘fairer funding’ I mean more partnerships, sharing, and networks created between smaller and larger organisations for the benefit of the whole community.'

Download the resource to get started here: https://bit.ly/2Oq3Fa1

We're trying something new for The Fabric of Protest this Saturday 18 July at 2.00pm!Artist Helen Mather will be using @...
14/07/2020

We're trying something new for The Fabric of Protest this Saturday 18 July at 2.00pm!

Artist Helen Mather will be using @phmmcr Instagram Live to show you how to create a piece of textile art inspired by Cliff Rowe's paintings 🎨 in PHM's collection.

Download the resource: https://bit.ly/2WipVqu Get your materials & stitch along with the session on Saturday 🧵

This is your reminder to register for tonight's FREE Radical Late hosted by PechaKucha Night Manchester here: https://bi...
09/07/2020
PechaKucha Night Manchester Vol. 31 - 'Migration'

This is your reminder to register for tonight's FREE Radical Late hosted by PechaKucha Night Manchester here: https://bit.ly/2ZeyYuC - Let's UNITE tonight LIVE and ONLINE

Mark yourself as going to the event, and make sure you've liked/following the Global PechaKucha page to catch the LIVE stream (also over YouTube)

See you soon for an 18:30 BST Open, then Event start at 19:00

We're back for another round of 10 quick fire talks from inspirational speakers, this time on the theme of 'Migration'!

Still some FREE tickets left for this PHM Radical Late of speedy talks with a fab list of speakers including Danielle Rh...
08/07/2020
PechaKucha Night Manchester Vol. 31 - 'Migration'

Still some FREE tickets left for this PHM Radical Late of speedy talks with a fab list of speakers including Danielle Rhoda - illustrator of PHM's 2020 theme of migration: https://bit.ly/3iEILBT
Join in the virtual evening tomorrow night, Thurs 9 July from 7pm.

We're back for another round of 10 quick fire talks from inspirational speakers, this time on the theme of 'Migration'!

08/07/2020
That's TV Manchester

Catch this interview with our Director Katy Ashton for That's TV Manchester about the plans to reopen on 1 September 2020.

While museums were allowed to reopen on the 4th of July - many chose not to do so.
The People's History Museum in Manchester decided to take extra time to ensure they can reopen in the safest manner, and are looking at opening their doors in September.
We looked to find out why this decision was made, and what will be happening between now and opening day to get the museum ready.

#OnThisDay 1888 the match girls went on strike. Find out more in a new blog by Sam Johnson, the great granddaughter of s...
05/07/2020

#OnThisDay 1888 the match girls went on strike.
Find out more in a new blog by Sam Johnson, the great granddaughter of strike leader Sarah Chapman - see Sarah here in this photo (ringed) on the back row, second from the left. https://bit.ly/2Zz9F5s

Check out the The Matchgirls Memorial campaign for a statue to commemorate the strike.

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03/07/2020
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Find out which radical history maker you are, and some of the ideas they fought for, by answering a few questions in this fun and interactive quiz from People's History Museum.

PHM is seeking donations to support our contemporary collecting work in response to the unprecedented events of 2020 aga...
02/07/2020

PHM is seeking donations to support our contemporary collecting work in response to the unprecedented events of 2020 against a challenging backdrop for the cultural sector. The last few months represent important chapters in the history of people taking action which, as the national museum of democracy, PHM wants to ensure it can reflect in its collections. We are asking people to help make history by backing PHM's dedicated fundraiser; Collective Action https://bit.ly/31BWH9G

With the global impact of events in 2020, in particular the Black Lives Matter movement and Covid-19, we are asking for support to help us increase the level of contemporary collecting we can carry out, helping ensure we are doing as much as possible to champion ideas worth fighting for. We believe now more than ever, we must continue representing, exploring, and telling contemporary stories to inspire change for a fairer future.

02/07/2020
My First Protest Song. July 2020

Throughout history people have used songs to help express their ideas. With your babies and tots, sing along to Bob Marley, Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan.

Join singer-songwriter Matt Hill for this multi-sensory workshop full of toe tapping tunes from times of change. Make some noise and sing some songs!

If you're able to help support the museum you can find out more at https://phm.org.uk/support-us/

Family Friendly activity, suitable for toddlers to grown ups.

01/07/2020
My First Protest Song

Set your reminder for 11am tomorrow, Tuesday 2 July when we're Live Streaming our popular My First Protest Song!
Bring your babies and tots to sing along to Bob Marley, Joni Mitchell & Bob Dylan.
Watch this for inspiration & make your own instruments from objects around your house to join in with 🎶

People’s History Museum (PHM) is looking forward to getting back to what it does best; welcoming visitors to explore the...
29/06/2020

People’s History Museum (PHM) is looking forward to getting back to what it does best; welcoming visitors to explore the museum’s fascinating collections and unique building. We are planning to reopen on Tuesday 1 September 2020 and we can’t wait to see you at the national museum of democracy.

The wellbeing of our staff, volunteers and visitors is our top priority, and PHM is not rushing to reopen until we can do so safely and responsibly. The team are hard at work behind the scenes, reviewing the best available public health advice and sector guidance. You will find PHM introduces clear safety measures so that visitors can enjoy the best possible experience of PHM.

The work and role of PHM has never felt more important and we have ambitious plans for how we engage people with the museum’s stories of ideas worth fighting for.

Katy Ashton
Director

27/06/2020
Fabric of Protest

Here’s an introduction to the Fabric of Protest workshop taking place in our Instagram Stories at 2pm today! @PHMMcr #craftivism #MuseumFromHome

One day to go until The Fabric of Protest online tomorrow at 2.00pm on Saturday 27 June over on PHM's Instagram.Check ou...
26/06/2020

One day to go until The Fabric of Protest online tomorrow at 2.00pm on Saturday 27 June over on PHM's Instagram.

Check out the latest resource to inspire you to get stitching a mini banner and share your message about the rights and experiences of migrant workers today: https://bit.ly/2VloLdI

Suitable for 11+

And here's one we've made earlier!

26/06/2020
A Night with PHM x Heart & Parcel

FOMO? You can now watch again last night's cooking and conversation with Heart & Parcel over on PHM's YouTube channel here: https://bit.ly/2CBXiO6

Get practising your pierogi! #IdeasWorthExploring

Enjoy an evening of conversation and cooking on YouTube as PHM’s Programme Officer Zofia Kufeldt chats with founders Clare Courtney and Karolina Koscien abou...

25/06/2020
A Night with PHM x Heart & Parcel

Not long to go! At 7.30pm tonight, Thurs 25 June, head over to YouTube for a night of cooking & conversation.

Watch a delicious dumpling recipe, hear about the work of Heart & Parcel and then ask your questions on the live-stream.

Expect a great evening of learning, sharing, engaging and coming together through food and community.
We look forward to seeing you there!

Click the link: https://bit.ly/3dy0tDx

Enjoy an evening of conversation and cooking on YouTube as PHM’s Programme Officer Zofia Kufeldt chats with founders Clare Courtney and Karolina Koscien abou...

Join in our Have Your Say event on Zoom today, Wednesday at 1.30pm. Sign up now: https://bit.ly/2zI8kQYIf you cannot joi...
17/06/2020

Join in our Have Your Say event on Zoom today, Wednesday at 1.30pm. Sign up now: https://bit.ly/2zI8kQY

If you cannot join please let us know how you #Imagine a world where everyone’s welcome. This can be in writing, through drawing or any other form you’d like to share it with People's History Museum #SimpleActs #RefugeeWeek2020

About Manchester
16/06/2020
About Manchester

About Manchester

People’s History Museum has announced a series of new events that explore the theme of migration.

11/06/2020
People's History Museum

Just a few hours left to cast your vote! 🗳️
Vote for Sham 69 or Taylor Swift & sing-along on Thursday 2 July from 11.00am.

We hope you enjoyed My First Protest Song this morning! ✊

What song do you want to see included in next month's performance?
If The Kids Are United - Sham 69 (1978)
Only The Young - Taylor Swift (2020)

Join us next time Thursday 2 July, 11.00am

04/06/2020

We hope you enjoyed My First Protest Song this morning! ✊

What song do you want to see included in next month's performance?
If The Kids Are United - Sham 69 (1978)
Only The Young - Taylor Swift (2020)

Join us next time Thursday 2 July, 11.00am

Black Lives Matter. #BlackOutTuesday
02/06/2020

Black Lives Matter.
#BlackOutTuesday

01/06/2020

#BlackLivesMatter is more than an idea worth fighting for; it is a human right.

People’s History Museum (PHM) believes in a thriving society where people are inspired and motivated to take action against inequality and injustice.

We all must play our part to help shape the future and make a fairer world for all. The importance of provoking change is important today, as it was yesterday and as it will be tomorrow.

We are a museum for everyone. We stand in solidarity with our friends in Minneapolis and the entire black community.
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#IdeasWorthFightingFor #SpeakOutAgainst #Racism #Democracy #Equality #Solidarity #Hope

29/05/2020
Join PHM for My First Protest Song

SAVE THE DATE:
4th JUNE at 11:00am, join our next 'My First Protest Song' with 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!

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 💕

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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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THE BALLAD OF JOHNNY LONGSTAFF Featuring songs from the original album alongside new material and stunning animation, Teesside folk trio The Young’uns perform a new, theatrical version of The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff. This is the true story of one man’s journey from poverty and unemployment in Stockton on Tees, through the Hunger Marches of the 1930s, the mass trespass movement and the Battle of Cable Street, to fighting fascism in the Spanish Civil War. In a timely, touching and often hilarious musical adventure, follow the footsteps of a working class hero who chose not to look the other way when the world needed his help, and took part in some of the momentous events of the 1930s. Directed by Lorne Campbell, Northern Stage presents a musical celebration of northern working class activism, following the smash-hit success of The Last Ship. TOURING IN NEWCASTLE, EDINBURGH, HULL AND LIVERPOOL
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Please help us save a piece of history. This cup was presented to George Dewhurst, a radical reformer, arrested for speaking for workers rights in 1819. The cup is at risk of being sold to a private owner. We would like to present it to a Museum to go into a collection. Anyone who donates £20 will go into a book of honour listing those who helped to buy this cup for the people. We are half way to our target!
Dare to Dream and the Art of Gentle Protest sees craftivism at the People's History Museum 22nd Sept as part of Heritage Open Days
The fabulous Peterloo massacre exhibition is well worth a visit.
I'm giving the following talk in Manchester in June.
So, where are we today? Paul Feldman writes about Manchester's commemoration of the Peterloo massacre at the People's History Museum.
Peterloo and Protest year long exhibition at the People's History Museum - plus you can add your own campaign on a giant map of Greater Manchester and submit photos of protest
In 1919, civil rights activist W. E. B. Du Bois wrote that America’s Black soldiers were returning from WW1 to fight for democracy at home – civil and human rights. What of the Black experience in the Caribbean at this time? Here, a Black Jamaican WW1 veteran recalls the grinding poverty faced by returning Black soldiers in the British Caribbean. See his on-camera testimony in Mutiny - now available on Amazon Prime, and, Vimeo On Demand. Please visit our website for details – http://www.sweetpatootee.co.uk/work/mutiny/ #AAAM2019 #BlackHistoryMonth2019 #blackhistorymonth #oralhistory #blackexperience #slavestocitizens #newnegroes #caribbeanstudies #windrush #blackrenaissance #ww1 #firstworldwar #westindies #caribbeanhistory #diaspora #turningpointr&d #sweetpatooteearts
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