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 behind the scenes stories, coverage of our exhibitions, events, Learning Programme and highlights from our unique collection.

Posts tagged '20th century 1901 2000'

Grunwick Strike Committee banner, 1976 © People's History Museum

A patient banner and the problem with plastic

6 March 2020


People’s History Museum houses the world’s largest collection of trade union and political banners.  In this month’s blog, our Conservator, Kloe Rumsey shines a light on the conservation work she undertook to prepare a previously unseen banner for our 2020 Banner Exhibition.



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Free at Last © Associated Press, November 1989, part of the Communist Party of Great Britain photograph collection, Labour History Archive & Study Centre @ PHM

The fall of the Berlin Wall

7 November 2019


This week marks the 30th anniversary of the destruction of the Berlin Wall.  And three decades after the its fall, we are displaying pieces of the wall that we have in our collection.  People’s History Museum’s Collections Officer, Sam Jenkins tells us about the history of the barbed wire topped wall that took away basic human rights.



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Viv Anderson with 1978 football shirt © People's History Museum

Former Nottingham Forest, Manchester United & England Defender, Viv Anderson, calls for affirmative action

18 October 2019


October is Black History Month, an event to celebrate great black achievers in all walks of life.  In this guest blog People’s History Museum (PHM) Radical, Viv Anderson MBE talks about his life growing up in Nottingham from Jamaican descent, his life in the game and call for affirmative action.



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Never Going Underground banner, 1988, © People's History Museum

On the shoulders of giants: Remembering Alan Turing

22 August 2019


As we approach the weekend of Manchester Pride, Bernard Donoghue, Trustee at People’s History Museum (PHM) and CEO of the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA) reflects on why he chose to be the PHM Radical Sponsor of Alan Turing.



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Printers Demand Arms for Spain banner, 1936. 2019 Banner Display @ People's History Museum

Orwell & Edwards: conflict and candid moments

17 July 2019


#OnThisDay in 1936 the Spanish Civil War began.  To highlight the Printers Demand Arms for Spain banner on show in PHM’s 2019 Banner Display,  our fantastic volunteer and Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) post graduate student Beth Lane shares insight from previously unseen Spanish Civil War photographs in PHM’s internationally significant collection.



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