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.

Artist Eva Mileusnic with her exhibition Counter flow the movement of cultures from one place to another at People's History Museum (1)

Counter-flow: Eva Mileusnic's inspiration

21 July 2021


This summer hundreds of beautifully decorated ceramic feet will be on display thanks to an awe inspiring exhibition and installation created by artist Eva Mileusnic.  In this blog we ask Eva about her art, inspiration and what visitors can expect from Counter-flow: the movement of cultures from one place to another exhibition and her series of family workshops.



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Left to right Help Spain poster, 1937. Image courtesy of People's History Museum and Sam Jenkins, PHM's Collections Officer

This far and no further

17 July 2021


The Spanish Civil War began exactly 85 years ago, in this blog PHM’s Collections Officer, Sam Jenkins shares an insight into the events surrounding the bloodiest conflict seen in Europe since the end of World War I, and some of the stories that are told through the museum’s collection.



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Left to right Jill Cook, Keeper, Department of Britain, Europe & Prehistory, the British Museum & The Lampedusa cross, Francesco Tuccio, 2015, wood (c) The Trustees of the British Museum (2)

The Lampedusa cross

18 June 2021


In this post, the British Museum’s Head of Britain, Europe & Prehistory, Jill Cook, takes a closer look at the Lampedusa cross – part of the British Museum’s A Spotlight loan, Crossings: community and refuge on display at People’s History Museum until Sunday 5 September 2021 and then touring to six more partner venues around the UK.



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A Clarion bicycle. Copyright unknown

All roads lead to PHM

29 May 2021


The boom in cycling last year saw more people than ever hopping on the saddle. We asked avid cyclist and People’s History Museum’s (PHM) Senior Visitor Services’ Callum White to share six tried and tested routes to PHM from around Greater Manchester.



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Visitors playing interactive Match Girls' Strike game at People's History Museum, Manchester

Visit Manchester’s museums and galleries this summer

14 May 2021


It’s been a long time coming but must-see exhibitions and experiences are back at museums and galleries across the city from Monday 17 May 2021.  Plan and book your visit now with our handy guide.  



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