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People's History Museum
Left Bank, Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3ER
0161 838 9190
Open every day 10.00am - 5.00pm
Radical Lates: second Thurs each month 10.00am - 8.00pm
Archive & Study Centre: Mon to Fri 10.00am – 5.00pm, lunchtime closure 12.30pm – 1.30pm
Closed: 24, 25, 26 Dec, 1 Jan
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Coronavirus update: 29 June 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’s stories, objects and archives that illuminate the world of the revolutionaries, reformers, workers, voters, citizens and radicals who championed, then and now, for change, rights and equality. 

Visitors will be able to explore the two main galleries, see the 2020 Banner Exhibition and discover the recently launched augmented reality (AR) experience exploring radical history makers on strike.  PHM’s shop and The Left Bank cafe bar will be open, with space also available for those who want to bring their own food and drink. 

PHM will continue to shine a light on migration, the museum’s headline theme for 2020-2021.  This includes our work with the Community Programme Team, six people whose own lives have been shaped by migration, which will unfold following the reopening, with ideas and activities to inspire action.  Contemporary collecting continues to be an important focus for PHM, as we ensure that the museum’s future collections reflect the unprecedented events and collective action of 2020.

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Those who are unable to visit the museum can continue to take part in Ideas Worth Exploring, featuring events, activities and resources produced during lockdown to connect people and share hope, conversations and creativity.

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.  If you are able to add your support to help PHM reopen, it will make a real difference.

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

Exploring migration @ People's History Museum. Illustration by Danielle RhodaThe 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.

PHM’s year long programme for 2020 explores migration, co-created by a Community Programme Team made up of people whose lives have been shaped by migration.

This is PHM’s most ambitious programme ever and takes place during the year in which it also marks its own 10th birthday.

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People's History Museum 10 years on. Illustration by Danielle Rhoda

People's History Museum 10 years on

The museum celebrates its 10th birthday as the home of ideas worth fighting for in 2020, here Director Katy Ashton shares why, as the national museum of democracy, the museum’s collections and our work have never been as relevant or resonant as they are today.

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