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.

Viv Anderson with 1978 football shirt © People's History Museum

Former Nottingham Forest, Manchester United & England Defender, Viv Anderson, calls for affirmative action

18 October 2019


October is Black History Month, an event to celebrate great black achievers in all walks of life.  In this guest blog People’s History Museum (PHM) Radical, Viv Anderson MBE talks about his life growing up in Nottingham from Jamaican descent, his life in the game and call for affirmative action.



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19 Jan 2019 to 5 Jan 2020, 2019 Banner Display @ People's History Museum

Conserving the Cardinal: Preparing banners for display

17 September 2019


People’s History Museum houses the world’s largest collection of trade union and political banners. In this month’s blog, our Conservator, Jenny van Enckevort explains the painstaking work it took to prepare one of our largest for our 2019 Banner Display.



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Never Going Underground banner, 1988, © People's History Museum

On the shoulders of giants: Remembering Alan Turing

22 August 2019


As we approach the weekend of Manchester Pride, Bernard Donoghue, Trustee at People’s History Museum (PHM) and CEO of the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA) reflects on why he chose to be the PHM Radical Sponsor of Alan Turing.



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Printers Demand Arms for Spain banner, 1936. 2019 Banner Display @ People's History Museum

Orwell & Edwards: conflict and candid moments

17 July 2019


#OnThisDay in 1936 the Spanish Civil War began.  To highlight the Printers Demand Arms for Spain banner on show in PHM’s 2019 Banner Display,  our fantastic volunteer and Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) post graduate student Beth Lane shares insight from previously unseen Spanish Civil War photographs in PHM’s internationally significant collection.



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“The bloody massacre perpetrated in King Street Boston on March 5th 1770 by a party of the 29th Regt.”, engraving by Paul Revere after Henry Pelham, 1770; Library of Congress, Washington D.C.

Peterloo: Small beginnings with global impacts

12 July 2019


All year PHM is marking 200 years since the Peterloo Massacre; a defining moment for Britain’s democracy.  For Bastille Day we asked Dr Jonathan Spangler, Senior Lecturer in Early Modern European History at Manchester Metropolitan University to describe how political activity on one side of the Channel certainly influenced outcomes on the other in August 1819.



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