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.

Woman Looking Through a Microscope painting by Cliff Rowe, 1966 © People’s History Museum

Cliff Rowe: Work, rest, and play

15 July 2020


This month PHM Learning Officer Liz Thorpe puts the spotlight on the Cliff Rowe painting Woman Looking Through a Microscope (1966), and shares activities to improve our wellbeing inspired by PHM’s wider collection of Cliff Rowe paintings.



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Matchmakers of the Bryant & May factory, around 1888 courtesy of Peoples History Museum

The Match Girls’ Strike

5 July 2020


On the anniversary of the day the match girls went out on strike, Sam Johnson, great granddaughter of Sarah Chapman, one of the leaders of the 1888 strike details the strike and uncovers Sarah’s personal story and Sam’s mission for her unmarked grave.



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Black Air Raid Precautions volunteer print by Cliff Rowe, around 1940 © People's History Museum

From ‘unskilled’ to ‘essential’: histories of migrant workers in PHM’s collection

17 June 2020


People’s History Museum’s Researcher Dr Shirin Hirsch takes a closer look at the history of migrant workers documented in the museum’s collection.



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Grunwick strike poster, 1977 © Dan Jones

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. Image courtesy of 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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