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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.

Final clay of Our Emmeline by Hazel Reeves © Hazel Reeves

Our Emmeline – my statue by Hazel Reeves

10 December 2018


On Friday 14 December 2018 a statue of Emmeline Pankhurst will be unveiled in her home city of Manchester.  Designed by sculptor Hazel Reeves, this will be the highlight of a campaign to celebrate the significant contribution of women to the city and will take place on the day that exactly 100 years ago the first women voted in a UK general election for the first time.

We asked Hazel to tell us about the commission in her own words.



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Steven Fielding highlights five objects in a series of films for PHM

6 December 2018


Steven Fielding, Professor of Political History at the University of Nottingham discusses the five highlights he chose from the People’s History Museum’s collection for a series of new films.

In these films I explain the objects’ relevance to our own times, and for those who want to take their journey into the past a bit further, link them to the national Labour Party archive; the complete holdings of which are housed at the museum.



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1983 Bermondsey by-election campaign leaflet © Peter Tatchell

PHM's New Playwright in Residence

29 November 2018


Stephen M Hornby, award winning Manchester playwright and Playwright in Residence at People’s History Museum (PHM), blogs about writing his new play for us.  It’s about seasoned human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell’s time as a Labour Party candidate in the hugely controversial 1983 Bermondsey by-election.

Stephen will give an insight into writing his new play and his process of using PHM’s archives in a series of three blogs.



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Rochdale school explore their idea of representation

16 November 2018


Liz Thorpe, Learning Officer at People’s History Museum (PHM), discusses a recent project with Falinge Park High School in Rochdale.

I would like to share with you PHM’s recent project with Falinge Park High School (Falinge Park) in Rochdale, who have been working with the museum to explore their own ideas of representation.



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National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) Achinleck Branch banner, The Conservation Studio @ People's History Museum

Solemn reflections for Armistice Day

9 November 2018


Jenny van Enckevort, Conservation Manager at People’s History Museum, discussing a banner she is currently working on.

To mark Armistice Day I would like to reflect on the tragic family story behind a banner I am currently working on in The Conservation Studio at the People’s History Museum (PHM).



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Manchester Heroes print by George Cruikshank, 1819 @ People's History Museum

Remembering Peterloo

1 November 2018


Shirin Hirsch, Researcher at People’s History Museum, discusses Mike Leigh’s new film and introduces how you can discover the legacy of the Peterloo Massacre at PHM.



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