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.
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.
2023 marks 50 years since the Chilean military coup of 1973, during which time democratically elected socialist leader President Salvador Allende was killed. The coup led to international outcry. In the aftermath, individuals and organisations around the UK rallied to Chile’s aid. Campaigners demanded human rights for the people of Chile, protesting the violent repression of the country’s dictator General Augusto Pinochet.
Carole Concha Bell is a PhD student at King’s College London and freelance writer. She arrived in the UK with her family as a child refugee fleeing the Pinochet regime in 1975, and is a founding member of the Chile Solidarity Network and press officer for Mapuche International Link. In this blog, she reflects on the Chile Solidarity Campaign (CSC) that emerged in Britain.
In celebration of International Women’s Day 2023, People’s History Museum’s Collections Officer Shivaya Prasad selects campaign materials for women’s rights from our collection of almost three thousand posters. These distinctive posters use bold slogans and illustrations to campaign for issues such as female liberation and bodily autonomy.
In this blog, PHM’s Collections Assistants Shivaya Prasad and Kayleigh Crawford are sharing some poster highlights as part of Black History Month 2022. These posters cover apartheid boycotts, solidarity with Angela Davis during her unjust trial, and a day of action protesting the government response to the New Cross Massacre.
The theme of South Asian Heritage Month 2022 is ‘Journeys of Empire’. This year, it coincides with the 75th anniversary of the partition of India. PHM’s Collections Assistant Shivaya Prasad explores protests, campaigns and movements amongst the South Asian diaspora, through our archive and collection.