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.

Posts tagged '20th century 1901 2000'

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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Professor Alice Roberts from Channel 4's Britain’s Most Historic Towns with Manchester suffragette banner at People's History Museum

The Manchester suffragette banner: Mancunian pride, mystery and celebrity!

15 December 2020


To coincide with its appearance on the Channel 4 show Britain’s Most Historic Towns, People’s History Museum’s (PHM) Head of Collections & Engagement Jenny Mabbott tells us about the very special banner in the museum’s collection that appears in the final episode of the series, Industrial Revolution Manchester, with Professor Alice Roberts.



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Left to right Hampstead Labour Party banner, around 1920 and 2020 2021 Banner Exhibition at People's History Museum

From violent protest to attic safety: The Vietnam War and a Hampstead Labour Party banner

1 November 2020


On the 65th anniversary of the outbreak of the Vietnam War, PHM’s Visitor Services Assistant Bob Dinn tells us about an Arts and Crafts banner in the 2020 – 2021 Banner Exhibition with a very interesting connection.



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Left and right: The Negro Association, Manchester subscriptions book, 1944, title page and pages one and two © People’s History Museum

Africa Speaks in Manchester: Pan-Africanism, Manchester and a collection gem

15 October 2020


2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the fifth Pan-African Congress, which took place in Manchester (15 – 21 October 1945).  We asked PHM Researcher Dr Shirin Hirsch and historian Geoff Brown to look at a document on display in the museum’s main galleries and to blog about the role of black activists in Manchester in the build up to the Congress.



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Katy Ashton, Director @ People's History Museum

Making history through contemporary collecting

19 August 2020


We’re getting ready to welcome you back on Tuesday 1 September.  In the meantime read this new blog from our Director Katy Ashton about the contemporary collecting we’ve been doing whilst the museum has been closed.



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