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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 'Lgbtqia'

Image of A Black miner beside a bonfire wearing a white vest which says 'Was Judas a Notts Miner?' and holding a sign which says 'Stop the Police State.'

1984 Miners' Strike: solidarity from marginalised communities

13 May 2024


In the second of two blogs about Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM), Jaime will discuss the relationship between marginalised communities and striking coal miners. Jaime tackles concerns such as reciprocal solidarity, prejudice in mining communities and the experiences of Black and Asian miners during the strike.



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Image of An open black suitcase containing boards from a photographic exhibition, displaying a black and white photograph of five people standing under a banner which reads: ‘Lesbians & Gays Support The Miners’.

What was LGSM?

13 May 2024


2024 marks the 40th anniversary of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM), which formed in the early months of the 1984 to 1985 Miners’ Strike.  Joining us to explore this historical moment and the legacy that it created is People’s History Museum’s (PHM) Collections Assistant Jaime Starr.



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Image of Kayleigh Crawford, Collections Officer at People's History Museum

From the Collection Store: Uncovering the Miners’ Strike

9 April 2024


In this blog post, we chatted with PHM’s Collections Officer Kayleigh Crawford to ask about the museum’s project to digitise its collection of objects related to the Miners’ Strike which led to the discovery of some hidden gems.



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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 symbol using examples that include posters and photographs from People’s History Museum’s collection.



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