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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 Left to right Jill Cook, Keeper, Department of Britain, Europe & Prehistory, the British Museum & The Lampedusa cross, Francesco Tuccio, 2015, wood (c) The Trustees of the British Museum (2)

The Lampedusa cross

18 June 2021


In this post, the British Museum’s Head of Britain, Europe & Prehistory, Jill Cook, takes a closer look at the Lampedusa cross – part of the British Museum’s A Spotlight loan, Crossings: community and refuge on display at People’s History Museum until Sunday 5 September 2021 and then touring to six more partner venues around the UK.



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All roads lead to PHM

29 May 2021


The boom in cycling last year saw more people than ever hopping on the saddle. We asked avid cyclist and People’s History Museum’s (PHM) former Senior Visitor Experience’s Callum White to share six tried and tested routes to PHM from around Greater Manchester.



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Image of Visitors playing interactive Match Girls' Strike game at People's History Museum, Manchester

Visit Manchester’s museums and galleries this summer

14 May 2021


It’s been a long time coming but must-see exhibitions and experiences are back at museums and galleries across the city from Monday 17 May 2021.  Plan and book your visit now with our handy guide.  



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Image of Aldermaston protest,1958. Image courtesy of People's History Museum

Dangers of technological surveillance in policing public protests

1 April 2021


At a time when people’s right to protest is being challenged, we’ve a fascinating read from Holly Barrow, Political Correspondent for the Immigration Advice Service, exploring the use of surveillance to suppress dissent.



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Image of Callum White, PHM Senior Visitor Services

Behind the masks: Five ‘masks’ from PHM’s collection

18 March 2021


Masks are now part of our everyday lives and possibly will be for the foreseeable future. This month is the anniversary of the UK’s first national lockdown, and we’ve a treat of a long read from People’s History Museum’s (PHM) Senior Visitor Services’ Callum White, uncovering a selection of masks and mask related objects from birth to death, from alien and nurse to Tony ‘Bliar’ which were already present in the museum’s truly unique collection.



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