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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 'May day'

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 A Garland for May, 1895, Walter Crane. Front page of The Clarion. Image courtesy of People's History Museum

May Day: A People’s Holiday

1 May 2022


The history of the early May Day Bank Holiday, investigated by People’s History Museum researcher Dr Shirin Hirsch.



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