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, events, and Learning Programme, and highlights from the museum's unique collection.

Grunwick strike poster, 1977 © People's History Museum

Going back to Grunwick

10 June 2020


PHM’s Programme Officer, Zofia Kufeldt puts the spotlight on a Grunwick strike poster from 1977.



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'There Is No Planet B' placard (front side), from schools strike for climate, Manchester, 15 February 2019 © People's History Museum

People and planet: is it time to act now?

15 May 2020


Whilst the museum is closed we’re taking the time to explore some of the treasures within our collection and their relevance today.  This month we’re putting the spotlight on the ‘There Is No Planet B’ placard.



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Ideas Worth Exploring - at home and online with People’s History Museum

Ideas Worth Exploring from People's History Museum

5 May 2020


Here’s a selection of events, activities, and resources to keep you connected with the museum – at home and online.



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Lithograph portrait of William Cuffay © National Portrait Gallery, London

William Cuffay, Black Chartism and a treasured object

10 April 2020


On the anniversary of the 1848 Chartist mass meeting on Kennington Common, London, People’s History Museum’s (PHM) Researcher Dr Shirin Hirsch explores the life of PHM Radical William Cuffay – a ‘scion’ of Africa’s oppressed race – and reveals a precious, rare and poetic treasure of Cuffay’s from the museum’s collection.



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Left to right Grunwick picket board, 1976 and Jayaben Desai © People's History Museum

This is why I chose the inspirational Jayaben Desai

2 April 2020


Co-Chair and Trustee at People’s History Museum (PHM) Lord Steve Bassam of Brighton, a British Labour Party and Co-operative Party politician and a member of the House of Lords shares his very personal reasons for choosing to be the PHM Radical Sponsor of Jayaben Desai.  We end the blog with ways you can support the museum.



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