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 'Chartism'

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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Left to right: Samuel Bamford painting, date unknown, courtesy of Rochdale Arts & Heritage and Bamford at Home in Moston, 1869, photographed by William Hindshaw, courtesy of Manchester Central Library

Samuel Bamford: My Peterloo Hero

7 August 2020


Robert Poole, Historian and Professor of History at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), reflects on why he chose to be PHM Radical Sponsor of Samuel Bamford, radical reformer and writer who was present at Peterloo.



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Black Air Raid Precautions volunteer print by Cliff Rowe, around 1940 © People's History Museum

From ‘unskilled’ to ‘essential’: histories of migrant workers in PHM’s collection

17 June 2020


People’s History Museum’s Researcher Dr Shirin Hirsch takes a closer look at the history of migrant workers documented in the museum’s collection.



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Lithograph portrait of William Cuffay © National Portrait Gallery, London

William Cuffay, Black Chartism and a treasured object

10 April 2020


On the anniversary of the 1848 Chartist mass meeting on Kennington Common, London, People’s History Museum’s (PHM) Researcher Dr Shirin Hirsch explores the life of PHM Radical William Cuffay – a ‘scion’ of Africa’s oppressed race – and reveals a precious, rare and poetic treasure of Cuffay’s from the museum’s collection.



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Hugh Hornby Birley portrait, oil paint on canvas, date unknown © People's History Museum

The captain of the Yeomanry at Peterloo

23 March 2019


To complement the display of a portrait of Hugh Hornby Birley, who as captain of the Manchester and Salford Yeomanry played a central role in the events that unfolded at the Peterloo Massacre, we asked author Jeff Kaye to share his research on Birley from his forthcoming novel All the People and treat us to an excerpt about the painting, now in People’s History Museum’s (PHM) collection.



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