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.
We’re exploring the past, present and future of protest throughout 2019, and have compiled our own protest playlist. Here our friend, curator, DJ and co-founder of Manchester Digital Music Archive, Abigail Ward shares her highlights from Manchester’s history of rebel music.
The Great Manchester Run is a weird and wonderful annual event that brings together brings everyone together. Naturally, a team of Radical Runners made up of the museum’s community supporters, Trustees, staff and volunteers are taking part in this year’s 10k run on Sunday 19 May 2019. As such, we asked Jennifer Tomlin of The Great Run Company to let us know what to expect at the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run this year.
Here at PHM we’re commemorating 200 years since the Peterloo Massacre; a major event in Manchester’s history, and a defining moment for Britain’s democracy. We asked Katie Belshaw, Curator of Industrial Heritage down the road at Science and Industry Museum to provide some context about early 19th century Manchester’s expanding cotton industry.
On this day in 1999 the National Minimum Wage (NMW) was introduced, the rate was £3.60 per hour (£3 for 18 to 21 year olds). Here Darren Treadwell, Archive Officer at PHM shares memories from his first job in 1981.
To complement the display of a portrait of Hugh Hornby Birley, who as captain of the Manchester and Salford Yeomanry played a central role in the events that unfolded at the Peterloo Massacre, we asked author Jeff Kaye to share his research on Birley from his forthcoming novel All the People and treat us to an excerpt about the painting, now in People’s History Museum’s (PHM) collection.