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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 'Protest'

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 Peterloo Massacre 1819, commemorative glass, date unknown. Image courtesy of People's History Museum.

What was the Peterloo Massacre?

7 August 2023


In this blog PHM’s Researcher Dr Shirin Hirsch writes about the Peterloo Massacre. On 16 August 1819 60,000 people congregated in St Peter’s Field in Manchester, with demands for the right to vote, freedom from oppression, and justice.  Despite its peaceful beginning, this was a day that would end with a bloody outcome.



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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 Photograph of Clare Winter wearing her ambulance worker badges. Copyright Clare Winter

The sirens last time: an ambulance worker looks back

20 December 2022


Ambulance workers go on strike tomorrow.  Over 30 years ago, another ambulance strike received widespread support.  In this blog, former NHS ambulance worker Clare Winter shares her memories of the 1989-90 ambulance workers’ dispute.



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Image of Against Racism, Against Apartheid, around 1970

Black People’s Resistance Movements in PHM’s Poster Collection

3 October 2022


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.



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