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.

Protest Lab in Disrupt? Peterloo and Protest exhibition

Protest Lab and collecting the contemporary

19 December 2019


Protest Lab is part of the museum’s 2019 programme exploring the past, present and future of protest, marking 200 years since the Peterloo Massacre.  Find out how Programme Officer Michael Powell and his team created the space and get an insight into which contemporary objects have been collected for display.



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Left to right People’s History Museum from New Bailey and Manchester Martyrs commemorative poster, late 20th century © WCML

The tale of the Manchester Martyrs

22 November 2019


The turbulent tale of the Manchester Martyrs; three dubiously convicted young Irishmen hanged outside the New Bailey Prison in Salford, just across the River Irwell from where the People’s History Museum is today.



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Free at Last © Associated Press, November 1989, part of the Communist Party of Great Britain photograph collection, Labour History Archive & Study Centre @ PHM

The fall of the Berlin Wall

7 November 2019


This week marks the 30th anniversary of the destruction of the Berlin Wall.  And three decades after the its fall, we are displaying pieces of the wall that we have in our collection.  People’s History Museum’s Collections Officer, Sam Jenkins tells us about the history of the barbed wire topped wall that took away basic human rights.



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Archives Alive Peterloo © RHUL

Archives Alive: Peterloo

4 November 2019


Royal Holloway’s Dr Matthew Smith gives an introduction to Archives Alive: Peterloo, a film project bringing together some of the best Peterloo archives.



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Lillia on her 10th birthday © @lilliasworld

Climate Justice - There is no planet B

25 October 2019


10 year old youth activist Lillia guest blogs for People’s History Museum (PHM) about what’s at stake and how she is standing up for climate justice ahead of the museum’s ‘There is no planet B creative disobedience day



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