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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 posts from the PHM team and other experts, with behind the scenes stories, coverage of PHM's exhibitions and events, and highlights from the museum's unique collection.

Image of Collections Officer Sam Jenkins with Peterloo cane from around 1819, in The Conservation Studio at People's History Museum, Manchester

Deciphering history

23 September 2020


To mark ten years in People’s History Museum’s (PHM) current home, the museum team picked out ten pieces that we believed capture the ethos, spirit and importance of PHM’s collection.  This month Collections Manager Sam Jenkins pieces to together clues from the past to reveal the story of one of PHM’s most treasured objects.



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Image of Katy Ashton, Director @ People's History Museum

Making history through contemporary collecting

19 August 2020


We’re getting ready to welcome you back on Tuesday 1 September.  In the meantime read this new blog from our Director Katy Ashton about the contemporary collecting we’ve been doing whilst the museum has been closed.



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Image of Mark Wilson, Exhibitions Officer with Universal Suffrage or the Scum Uppermost hand coloured engraving in Disrupt? Peterloo and Protest exhibition

Fake news is old news

14 August 2020


PHM Exhibitions Officer Mark Wilson puts the spotlight on a museum treasure – a 200 year old cartoon made just one month before the Peterloo Massacre by master of the satirical George Cruikshank.



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Image of Left to right: Samuel Bamford painting, date unknown, courtesy of Rochdale Arts & Heritage and Bamford at Home in Moston, 1869, photographed by William Hindshaw, courtesy of Manchester Central Library

Samuel Bamford: My Peterloo Hero

7 August 2020


Robert Poole, Historian and Professor of History at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), reflects on why he chose to be PHM Radical Sponsor of Samuel Bamford, radical reformer and writer who was present at Peterloo.



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Image of Woman Looking Through a Microscope painting by Cliff Rowe, 1966. Image courtesy of People’s History Museum.

Cliff Rowe: Work, rest, and play

15 July 2020


This month PHM Learning Officer Liz Thorpe puts the spotlight on the Cliff Rowe painting Woman Looking Through a Microscope (1966), and shares activities to improve our wellbeing inspired by PHM’s wider collection of Cliff Rowe paintings.



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