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.

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Left to right People’s History Museum from New Bailey and Manchester Martyrs commemorative poster, late 20th century © WCML

The tale of the Manchester Martyrs

22 November 2019


The turbulent tale of the Manchester Martyrs; three dubiously convicted young Irishmen hanged outside the New Bailey Prison in Salford, just across the River Irwell from where the People’s History Museum is today.



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Happy and Proud project banners and bags, designed and made by project participants on display at Burnley Mechanics and the National Trust’s Gawthorpe Hall ©Participation Works NW

Marion Wallace Dunlop: History inspires success in Burnley

5 July 2019


#OnThisDay in 1909 suffragette Marion Wallace Dunlop went on hunger strike whilst imprisoned for militancy.  She became one of the first and most well known to do so and her tactics were to inspire the likes of Ghandi.

We asked Lynne Blackburn, Director & Project Manager at Participation Works NW to share a recent project which saw a group of girls from Burnley inspired for their futures by struggles that women in the past faced.



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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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