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 'Collections'

PHM Community Curator Jenny White

A British Export that has Defined LGBT+ History, Past and Present

27 August 2021


As part of People History Museum’s (PHM) current programme exploring migration, the museum commissioned a virtual LGBT+ history tour focusing on the themes of race, migration and empire from refugee rights campaigners Prossy Kakooza and Maggy Moyo,  and PHM Community Curator Jenny White.  In this blog post Jenny introduces a selection of items from the museum’s galleries and collection that featured in the tour.

 



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Left to right Help Spain poster, 1937. Image courtesy of People's History Museum and Sam Jenkins, PHM's Collections Officer

This far and no further

17 July 2021


The Spanish Civil War began exactly 85 years ago, in this blog PHM’s Collections Officer, Sam Jenkins shares an insight into the events surrounding the bloodiest conflict seen in Europe since the end of World War I, and some of the stories that are told through the museum’s collection.



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Left to right Jill Cook, Keeper, Department of Britain, Europe & Prehistory, the British Museum & The Lampedusa cross, Francesco Tuccio, 2015, wood (c) The Trustees of the British Museum (2)

The Lampedusa cross

18 June 2021


In this post, the British Museum’s Head of Britain, Europe & Prehistory, Jill Cook, takes a closer look at the Lampedusa cross – part of the British Museum’s A Spotlight loan, Crossings: community and refuge on display at People’s History Museum until Sunday 5 September 2021 and then touring to six more partner venues around the UK.



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Callum White, PHM Senior Visitor Services

Behind the masks: Five ‘masks’ from PHM’s collection

18 March 2021


Masks are now part of our everyday lives and possibly will be for the foreseeable future. This month is the anniversary of the UK’s first national lockdown, and we’ve a treat of a long read from People’s History Museum’s (PHM) Senior Visitor Services’ Callum White, uncovering a selection of masks and mask related objects from birth to death, from alien and nurse to Tony ‘Bliar’ which were already present in the museum’s truly unique collection.



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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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