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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.

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Image of A white badge with a pink triangle that says 'London Gay Teenage Group'. A purple banner with a pink triangle that says 'Gays Against Fascism'.

LGBTQI+ symbols and their meanings

8 February 2024


The LGBTQI+ community has created their own language of colours and symbols.  In this guest blog Gillian Murphy, Curator for Equality, Rights and Citizenship at LSE Library, explores the symbols created through activism, logo competitions, resistance, and community.  LGBT+ History Month is celebrated each February in the UK 



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Image of Image taken by photographer Jake Hardy, who attended the Black Lives Matter protests in Manchester during May and June 2020. People’s History Museum’s contemporary collection © Jake Hardy

The raised fist: a history of the symbol

4 September 2023


Art historian Simon Faulkner considers the history and meanings of the raised fist using examples that include posters and photographs from People’s History Museum’s collection.



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Image of Mark Ashton Trust banner, 1988. Image courtesy of People's History Museum.

Mark Ashton Trust: a response to the HIV/AIDS crisis in the 1980s

2 June 2023


Mark Ashton was an activist and campaigner in the 1980s, perhaps most known for co-founding Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners during the miners’ strike of 1984-85. He was a member the Communist Party of Great Britain and joined Red Wedge, a collective of musicians aiming to engage young people with the Labour movement. Mark died of AIDS related illness in 1987. The Mark Ashton Trust was set up by a group of friends to respond to the ongoing crisis 



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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 Paris Commune biscuit, 1871. Image courtesy of People's History Museum

A taste of PHM's collection

16 September 2022


A look at some of the weird and wonderful food and drink items in PHM’s collection.



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