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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.

The Belle-alliance, or the Female Reformers of Blackburn!!! print, 1819 (detail) © People's History Museum

The women of Peterloo

4 March 2019


To celebrate International Women’s Day, we’ve invited our former colleague and the National Trust’s new Programme Curator of National Public Programmes Helen Antrobus to blog for us.

Helen is a specialist in the history and collections relating to 20th century radical women; from the women who marched at Peterloo, to the female Chartists; those involved with the women’s suffrage movement, to the first female MPs, and shares with us her insight into the women at Peterloo.



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The Jam, Sound Affects album 1980. Front cover of record sleeve

From Paul Weller to Peterloo

1 March 2019


To complement the display of a first edition of Percy Bysshe Shelley’s The Masque of Anarchy from Friday 1 March until the end of April 2019, we invited Dr Michael Sanders, Senior Lecturer in 19th century writing at the University of Manchester to share his insight into Shelley’s protest poem.

In his blog Michael reveals his first encounter with the poem on a record sleeve.



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1983 Bermondsey by-election campaign leaflet © Peter Tatchell

PHM's Playwright in Residence Blog 3 of 3

27 February 2019


Stephen M Hornby, award winning Manchester writer, is coming to the end of his time as Playwright in Residence at People’s History Museum (PHM).  During his time with us, he has written the first draft of a play called First Rumours.  The play is about seasoned human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell’s time as a Labour Party candidate in the hugely controversial 1983 Bermondsey by-election.

First Rumours, was given a first rehearsed reading at People’s History Museum on Sunday 10 February 2019 followed by a Q&A with Peter Tatchell, chaired by LGBT activist and historian Paul Fairweather.  In his final blog for us, Stephen reflects on the experience of having Peter Tatchell attend the rehearsed reading of the play.

Blog 3 of 3: Mr Tatchell meets Mr Tatchell



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WEA Course: Brewers to Sewers, a History of Public Health @ People's History Museum. Save Our NHS placard, 2018. Photo © Mark Krantz

From Brewers to Sewers

14 February 2019


People’s History Museum (PHM) collaborate with Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) to offer adult visitors high quality learning experiences.

Here WEA tutor Mark Krantz tells us about an upcoming free learning experience he is leading at PHM.



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From left to right: Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Amalgamated Society of Watermen and Lightermen & Withington Against the Poll Tax banners @ People's History Museum

2019 Banner Display: A newfound respect for the visual

7 February 2019


PHM’s 2019 banner display has been carefully curated to reflect key moments of protest in Greater Manchester and across Britain, representing a mix of creatively disobedient ideas and actions along the road to democratic reform, from the Peterloo Massacre in Manchester in 1819 to today.

We asked historian and Head Writer Peter Morgan, from our friends at The Radical Tea Towel Company to review our new display of banners.



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