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 'Activism'

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Jayaben Desai and the Grunwick strike

1 April 2022


Q & A on PHM Radical Jayaben Desai with PHM’s Researcher Dr Shirin Hirsch.



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The Voice of Domestic Workers: Calling for justice and rights

8 March 2022


When People’s History Museum reopened back in May 2021 visitors were invited to explore the exhibition My Home is Not My Home, which gave a unique and intimate insight into the hidden world of domestic work and included a powerful video installation.  A new film about the project has premiered for International Women’s Day 2022 on the museum’s YouTube channel.  We caught up with one of the creators, Marissa Begonia, the founding member and director of The Voice of Domestic Workers (VODW) to tell us more.



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Seleena Laverne Daye (2)

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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Caroline Dyer with her placard, Manchester Women's March, January 2017 © Caroline Dyer (3)

From a march to a museum

21 January 2022


Incredibly it has been 5 years since Women’s Marches took place across the globe; described as one of the biggest human-rights demonstrations in history, with millions taking part and representation in every continent of the world.  Manchester was one of the cities that marched on 21 January 2017 and in this blog we hear the fascinating story of the From The City of Pankhurst With Love placard that began its life on this march,.  This is the story behind the object in the words of its creator Caroline Dyer, Co-Director of Heard Storytelling and an Events Manager.



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Clockwise Sisters Uncut protest, London, 2018 (c) Holly Falconer, Fan, bearing signatures of the International Brigade, around 1936 & Aldermaston Protest, 1958. Both PHM & Alien Anthropologists (c) www.polyp.org.uk

2021 Reader Favourites

6 January 2022


Journey through People’s History Museum’s (PHM) migration themed year with our top read blogs of 2021.  From queer migrant journeys to the right to protest, thousands of you read about ideas worth fighting for on the PHM blog last year.  These are the stories you enjoyed most.



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