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 behind the scenes stories, coverage of our exhibitions, events, Learning Programme and highlights from our unique collection.

Abraham Moss Community School environmental project @ People's History Museum

The art of protest

27 June 2019


This year at PHM we are looking at creative ways to protest, so we asked Polly Palmerini a Graduate Teaching Assistant on BA (Hons) Photography course at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) to blog about her recent project, Make a Manifesto for a Better Future, with students from Abraham Moss Community School, who were inspired to protest and create change through the power of visual communication.



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Commoners Choir walking on Kinder Scout © Commoners Choir

50 Miles, 100 Voices, 200 Years

7 June 2019


To complement the performance of a specially commissioned song that celebrates the story of the Skelmanthorpe flag, on loan from Tolson Museum, on display in PHM’s Disrupt? Peterloo and Protest exhibition, we asked Commoners Choir member Catherine Long to describe this tuneful project and the 50 mile, three day walk it inspired.



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The Masque of Anarchy poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley © Working Class Movement Library

Shopping for new acquisitions

31 May 2019


Many of the treasures on display for the very first time in PHM’s Disrupt? Peterloo and Protest exhibition were acquired thanks to a joint National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) grant with Salford’s Working Class Movement Library (WCML).  To celebrate the opening of the Library’s Peterloo: news, fake news and paranoia exhibition, we asked Lynette Cawthra, Working Class Movement Library Manager to talk about the project which gave both institutions funds to go shopping for new acquisitions.



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Rock Against Racism badge, around 1976 © People's History Museum

Protest playlist: A DJ's Mancunian highlights

24 May 2019


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.



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Hacienda Zone © Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run

Rave zones, samba bands, choirs and DJ sets - the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run

13 May 2019




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