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

Image of Leather jacket worn by campaigner Harry Leslie Smith, around 2013

Standing with Harry: 'the world’s oldest rebel'

25 February 2023


To mark the centenary of Harry’s birth (25 February 1923), PHM Collections Manager Sam Jenkins takes a look at Harry’s story and the iconic jacket that he wore when he took his ‘last stand’ – which is now part of PHM’s collection.



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Image of Nothing About Us Without Us exhibition at People's History Museum (16 November 2022 to 16 October 2023)

Changing Thinking: Changing Outcomes

12 January 2023


For this blog we invited Richard Rieser, Co-ordinator UK of Disability History Month, to visit our landmark exhibition Nothing About Us Without Us (on show until 16 October 2023)



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Image of Photograph of Clare Winter wearing her ambulance worker badges. Copyright Clare Winter

The sirens last time: an ambulance worker looks back

20 December 2022


Ambulance workers go on strike tomorrow.  Over 30 years ago, another ambulance strike received widespread support.  In this blog, former NHS ambulance worker Clare Winter shares her memories of the 1989-90 ambulance workers’ dispute.



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Image of Saklatvala speaking to a crowd in Trafalgar Square, Communist Party photo collection. Image courtesy of People's History Museum

Shapurji Saklatvala: An anti-colonialist in the heart of empire

1 November 2022


In this blog PHM’s Researcher Dr Shirin Hirsch writes about the MP Saklatvala, the Labour Party’s first MP of colour.  From his early life and membership of the Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB), to his fight for national and colonial issues in parliament.



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Image of Against Racism, Against Apartheid, around 1970

Black People’s Resistance Movements in PHM’s Poster Collection

3 October 2022


In this blog, PHM’s Collections Assistants Shivaya Prasad and Kayleigh Crawford are sharing some poster highlights as part of Black History Month 2022. These posters cover apartheid boycotts, solidarity with Angela Davis during her unjust trial, and a day of action protesting the government response to the New Cross Massacre.



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