People's History Museum blog

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

On this blog we share posts from the PHM team and other experts, with behind the scenes stories, coverage of PHM's exhibitions, events, and Learning Programme, and highlights from the museum's unique collection.

Jason Wilsher Mills

The Manchester Argonaut

1 July 2022


Artist Jason Wisher-Mills gives us a sneak preview of The Manchester Argonaut and shares some of the ideas that have inspired him and the messages behind his work.



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Professor Alice Roberts from Channel 4's Britain’s Most Historic Towns with Manchester suffragette banner at People's History Museum

The Manchester suffragette banner: Mancunian pride, mystery and celebrity!

20 June 2022


People’s History Museum’s (PHM) Head of Collections & Engagement Jenny Mabbott tells us about the very special banner in the museum’s collection that appeared in Industrial Revolution Manchester, the final episode of Channel 4 show Britain’s Most Historic Towns, with Professor Alice Roberts.



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A Garland for May, 1895, Walter Crane. Front page of The Clarion. Image courtesy of Labour History Archive & Study Centre, People's History Museum

May Day: A People’s Holiday

1 May 2022


People’s History Museum researcher Dr Shirin Hirsch investigates the history of the early May Bank Holiday.



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Jayaben Desai and the Grunwick strike

1 April 2022


Q & A on PHM Radical Jayaben Desai with PHM’s Researcher Dr Shirin Hirsch.



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Justice For Domestic Workers (former name of The Voice of Domestic Worke...

The Voice of Domestic Workers: Calling for justice and rights

8 March 2022


When People’s History Museum reopened back in May 2021 visitors were invited to explore the exhibition My Home is Not My Home, which gave a unique and intimate insight into the hidden world of domestic work and included a powerful video installation.  A new film about the project has premiered for International Women’s Day 2022 on the museum’s YouTube channel.  We caught up with one of the creators, Marissa Begonia, the founding member and director of The Voice of Domestic Workers (VODW) to tell us more.



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