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 'Archives'

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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Archives Alive Peterloo © RHUL

Archives Alive: Peterloo

4 November 2019


Royal Holloway’s Dr Matthew Smith gives an introduction to Archives Alive: Peterloo, a film project bringing together some of the best Peterloo archives.



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The Case for a Legal Minimum Wage, The Fabian Society pamphlet, April 1908 @ People's History Museum

#OnThisDay in 1999 the National Minimum Wage was introduced

1 April 2019


On this day in 1999 the National Minimum Wage (NMW) was introduced, the rate was £3.60 per hour (£3 for 18 to 21 year olds).  Here Darren Treadwell, Archive Officer at PHM shares memories from his first job in 1981.



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1983 Bermondsey by-election campaign leaflet © Peter Tatchell

PHM's Playwright in Residence Blog 3 of 3

27 February 2019


Stephen M Hornby, award winning Manchester writer, is coming to the end of his time as Playwright in Residence at People’s History Museum (PHM).  During his time with us, he has written the first draft of a play called First Rumours.  The play is about seasoned human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell’s time as a Labour Party candidate in the hugely controversial 1983 Bermondsey by-election.

First Rumours, was given a first rehearsed reading at People’s History Museum on Sunday 10 February 2019 followed by a Q&A with Peter Tatchell, chaired by LGBT activist and historian Paul Fairweather.  In his final blog for us, Stephen reflects on the experience of having Peter Tatchell attend the rehearsed reading of the play.

Blog 3 of 3: Mr Tatchell meets Mr Tatchell



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WEA Course: Brewers to Sewers, a History of Public Health @ People's History Museum. Save Our NHS placard, 2018. Photo © Mark Krantz

From Brewers to Sewers

14 February 2019


People’s History Museum (PHM) collaborate with Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) to offer adult visitors high quality learning experiences.

Here WEA tutor Mark Krantz tells us about an upcoming free learning experience he is leading at PHM.



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