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 behind the scenes stories, coverage of our exhibitions, events, Learning Programme and highlights from our unique collection.

Grunwick Strike Committee banner, 1976 © People's History Museum

A patient banner and the problem with plastic

6 March 2020


People’s History Museum houses the world’s largest collection of trade union and political banners.  In this month’s blog, our Conservator, Kloe Rumsey shines a light on the conservation work she undertook to prepare a previously unseen banner for our 2020 Banner Exhibition.



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Katy Ashton, Director @ People's History Museum

Being relevant and resonant in today’s world

14 February 2020


 PHM celebrates its 10th birthday this year, here Director Katy Ashton looks back on a decade of success and looks forward to an ambitious future.



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Left to right - 14th century locksmith, anonymous, Hausbuch der Mendelschen Zwölfbrüderstiftung, Band 1 Nürnberg 1426–1549 Stadtbibliothek, TGWU banner, early 1980s and and Stadtbibliothek Nürnberg and Shoemakers, 1568 © Das Ständebuch (The Book of Trades)

The trade unions of the Middle Ages

5 February 2020


Dr Claire Kennan, from the Department of History at Royal Holloway, University of London reveals the influence of unions stretching back to the Middle Ages.



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Revive Women’s Group banner, 2019 © People's History Museum

Hidden histories and powerful stories

31 January 2020


Writer and Editor of Haunt Manchester, Emily Oldfield, reviews People’s History Museum’s  2020 Banner Exhibition focusing on the theme of migration.



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LGBT+ badge collection © People's History Museum

OUTing the Past in February

21 January 2020


Programme Officer Zofia Kufeldt gives us an introduction to the museum’s LGBT+ collections and shares her highlights for next month’s OUTing the Past Festival 



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