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.

Posts tagged 'Migration'

Youcef Hadjazi © Youcef Hadjazi

Illustrating queer migrant journeys

1 February 2021


Artist Youcef Hadjazi’s work, Queer Journeys, reflects how he has used his own experiences to creatively and collaboratively explore queer migrant journeys.

Youcef is delivering a talk as part of this year’s OUTing the Past Festival to share both his personal story and that of Queer Journeys to raise awareness on LGBTQ+ immigration.  We caught up with Youcef to find out what we can expect from his talk and to hear more about his own very personal journey.



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Clockwise from top left: The poetical works of Lord Byron (inside cover), owned by William Cuffay © People's History Museum; Black Air Raid Precautions volunteer print by Cliff Rowe, around 1940 © People's History Museum; Michael Foot's coat, 1981 © People's History Museum; Lithograph portrait of William Cuffay © National Portrait Gallery, London; The Belle-alliance or the Female Reformers of Blackburn!!! print, 1819 © People's History Museum

2020 Reader Favourites

8 January 2021


For the first People’s History Museum blog post of this year, we take a look back at your favourite reads from last year.



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Left to right Alfred Enoch and PHM's Jenny Mabbott virtual Google Art for Two tour at People's History Museum

Ideas worth exploring – at home and online

5 November 2020


In line with the national lockdown announced by the government, People’s History Museum (PHM) has closed its doors and will reopen on Thursday 3 December 2020.  We asked Jenny Mabbott, Head of Collections & Engagement at PHM, to share some online ideas, inspiration and experiences available for you to explore.



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Katy Ashton, Director @ People's History Museum

Making history through contemporary collecting

19 August 2020


We’re getting ready to welcome you back on Tuesday 1 September.  In the meantime read this new blog from our Director Katy Ashton about the contemporary collecting we’ve been doing whilst the museum has been closed.



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Black Air Raid Precautions volunteer print by Cliff Rowe, around 1940 © People's History Museum

From ‘unskilled’ to ‘essential’: histories of migrant workers in PHM’s collection

17 June 2020


People’s History Museum’s Researcher Dr Shirin Hirsch takes a closer look at the history of migrant workers documented in the museum’s collection.



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