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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 and events, and highlights from the museum's unique collection.

Posts tagged 'Exhibition'

Image of child holding a sign with text ‘Nobody should have to lie on a toilet floor!’ for Changing Places toilet campaign. Image courtesy of changing-places.org.

Welcome Project at PHM

15 September 2023


In this blog we’ve asked People’s History Museum’s (PHM) Interim Director Becky Peters to introduce the new Welcome Project at PHM, which is revitalising the museum’s visitor experience, as the exciting first steps begin on site today.



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Image of March for British Sign Language (BSL) recognition, 2000. Photograph courtesy of Jen Dodds

British Sign Language: why is it under threat? 

2 May 2023


To mark Deaf Awareness Week (1-7 May 2023) we asked award-winning author and activist Dr Paddy Ladd to share an overview of Deaf Culture, history and sign language.  In this blog he explains why it is still under threat.



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Image of Lorina Bulwer sampler, late 1800s. Image courtesy of Costume and Textile Collection, Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery (Norfolk Museums Service)

The fabric of protest in disabled people's activism

13 April 2023


Gill Crawshaw is a curator, based in Leeds, who draws on her experience of disability activism to organise art exhibitions and events which highlight issues affecting disabled people. She is interested in the intersection of disabled people’s lives with textile heritage in the north of England, as well as with contemporary textile arts.

In March 2023, Gill took part in People’s History Museum’s (PHM) The Fabric of Protest workshop. She reflects on how disabled people have used textiles as a powerful tool of communication and on some of the objects on show in PHM’s current exhibition about disabled people’s activism, Nothing About Us Without Us.



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Image of Nothing About Us Without Us exhibition at People's History Museum (16 November 2022 to 16 October 2023)

Changing Thinking: Changing Outcomes

12 January 2023


For this blog we invited Richard Rieser, Co-ordinator UK of Disability History Month, to visit our landmark exhibition Nothing About Us Without Us (on show until 16 October 2023)



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Image of Artist Sally Hirst

Until It Looks Like This: view from artist Sally Hirst

25 August 2022


This summer we’ve been treated to a show of work by twelve studio artists from one of Manchester’s leading visual art organisations, Venture Arts.  We wanted to find out more and chatted with of one of the artists, Sally Hirst.  We ask about Sally’s art and inspiration and what visitors can expect from the Until It Looks Like This exhibition.



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