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.

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The art of banners

2 February 2022


This month 26 beautiful banners will be on display thanks to a new exhibition curated and conserved by the team at People’s History Museum (PHM).  In this blog we ask Textile Artist and the maker of one of these works of art, Seleena Laverne Daye about the significance of banners in the fight for change and what visitors can expect from the new 2022 Banner Exhibition as it opens.



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PHM Community Curator Jenny White

A British Export that has Defined LGBT+ History, Past and Present

27 August 2021


As part of People History Museum’s (PHM) current programme exploring migration, the museum commissioned a virtual LGBT+ history tour focusing on the themes of race, migration and empire from refugee rights campaigners Prossy Kakooza and Maggy Moyo,  and PHM Community Curator Jenny White.  In this blog post Jenny introduces a selection of items from the museum’s galleries and collection that featured in the tour.

 



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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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Clockwise from top left: The poetical works of Lord Byron (inside cover), owned by William Cuffay © People's History Museum; Black Air Raid Precautions volunteer print by Cliff Rowe, around 1940 © People's History Museum; Michael Foot's coat, 1981 © People's History Museum; Lithograph portrait of William Cuffay © National Portrait Gallery, London; The Belle-alliance or the Female Reformers of Blackburn!!! print, 1819 © People's History Museum

2020 Reader Favourites

8 January 2021


For the first People’s History Museum blog post of this year, we take a look back at your favourite reads from last year.



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'We Won't Be Dragged Back To The Cave', placard from the Manchester Women's March, 2017 © People's History Museum

Is this what democracy looks like?

30 December 2020


As 2020 draws to a close and with Britain’s only national museum of democracy under threat, we’ve got an inspirational seven minute read for you from Co-Chair and Trustee at People’s History Museum (PHM), Martin Carr.



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