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.

Left to right - 14th century locksmith, anonymous, Hausbuch der Mendelschen Zwölfbrüderstiftung, Band 1 Nürnberg 1426–1549 Stadtbibliothek, TGWU banner, early 1980s and and Stadtbibliothek Nürnberg and Shoemakers, 1568 © Das Ständebuch (The Book of Trades)

The trade unions of the Middle Ages

5 February 2020


Dr Claire Kennan, from the Department of History at Royal Holloway, University of London reveals the influence of unions stretching back to the Middle Ages.



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Revive Women’s Group banner, 2019 © People's History Museum

Hidden histories and powerful stories

31 January 2020


Writer and Editor of Haunt Manchester, Emily Oldfield, reviews People’s History Museum’s  2020 Banner Exhibition focusing on the theme of migration.



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LGBT+ badge collection © People's History Museum

OUTing the Past in February

21 January 2020


Programme Officer Zofia Kufeldt gives us an introduction to the museum’s LGBT+ collections and shares her highlights for next month’s OUTing the Past Festival.



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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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