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.

3D tour of People's History Museum

Manchester’s museum and gallery adventures from home

20 November 2020


With Manchester’s museums and galleries temporarily closed again, many have moved activity online to provide a whole range of amazing cultural digital experiences.   We’ve picked out some of the best for you.



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Left to right Alfred Enoch and PHM's Jenny Mabbott virtual Google Art for Two tour at People's History Museum

Ideas worth exploring – at home and online

5 November 2020


In line with the national lockdown announced by the government, People’s History Museum (PHM) has closed its doors and will reopen on Thursday 3 December 2020.  We asked Jenny Mabbott, Head of Collections & Engagement at PHM, to share some online ideas, inspiration and experiences available for you to explore.



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Left to right Hampstead Labour Party banner, around 1920 and 2020 2021 Banner Exhibition at People's History Museum

From violent protest to attic safety: The Vietnam War and a Hampstead Labour Party banner

1 November 2020


On the 65th anniversary of the outbreak of the Vietnam War, PHM’s Visitor Services Assistant Bob Dinn tells us about an Arts and Crafts banner in the 2020 – 2021 Banner Exhibition with a very interesting connection.



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Visitors playing match factory arcade style game in Main Gallery One at People’s History Museum, Manchester

Culture is Open - come and see us!

28 October 2020


Manchester’s museums and galleries have been working hard to make sure they provide safe and enjoyable experiences – all have additional coronavirus measures in place and they remain open under the Tier 3 restrictions.  If you’re planning a cultural day out in the city, we’ve created a handy roundup of what’s on at Manchester’s museums and galleries to help you plan your itinerary.



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Left and right: The Negro Association, Manchester subscriptions book, 1944, title page and pages one and two © People’s History Museum

Africa Speaks in Manchester: Pan-Africanism, Manchester and a collection gem

15 October 2020


2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the fifth Pan-African Congress, which took place in Manchester (15 – 21 October 1945).  We asked PHM Researcher Dr Shirin Hirsch and historian Geoff Brown to look at a document on display in the museum’s main galleries and to blog about the role of black activists in Manchester in the build up to the Congress.



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