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'

Grunwick Strike Committee banner, 1976 at People's History Museum

A patient banner and the problem with plastic

6 March 2020


People’s History Museum houses the world’s largest collection of trade union and political banners.  In this month’s blog, our Conservator, Kloe Rumsey shines a light on the conservation work she undertook to prepare a previously unseen banner for our 2020 Banner Exhibition.



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Left to right - 14th century locksmith, anonymous, Hausbuch der Mendelschen Zwölfbrüderstiftung, Band 1 Nürnberg 1426–1549 Stadtbibliothek, TGWU banner, early 1980s and and Stadtbibliothek Nürnberg and Shoemakers, 1568 © Das Ständebuch (The Book of Trades)

The trade unions of the Middle Ages

5 February 2020


Dr Claire Kennan, from the Department of History at Royal Holloway, University of London reveals the influence of unions stretching back to the Middle Ages.



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Protest Lab in Disrupt? Peterloo and Protest exhibition

Protest Lab and collecting the contemporary

19 December 2019


Protest Lab is part of the museum’s 2019 programme exploring the past, present and future of protest, marking 200 years since the Peterloo Massacre.  Find out how Programme Officer Michael Powell and his team created the space and get an insight into which contemporary objects have been collected for display.



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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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19 Jan 2019 to 5 Jan 2020, 2019 Banner Display @ People's History Museum

Conserving the Cardinal: Preparing banners for display

17 September 2019


People’s History Museum houses the world’s largest collection of trade union and political banners. In this blog, our Conservator, Jenny van Enckevort explains the painstaking work it took to prepare one of our largest for the 2019 Banner Exhibition.



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