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.

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Jayaben Desai and the Grunwick strike

1 April 2022


Q & A on PHM Radical Jayaben Desai with PHM’s Researcher Dr Shirin Hirsch.



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Clockwise Sisters Uncut protest, London, 2018 (c) Holly Falconer, Fan, bearing signatures of the International Brigade, around 1936 & Aldermaston Protest, 1958. Both PHM & Alien Anthropologists (c) www.polyp.org.uk

2021 Reader Favourites

6 January 2022


Journey through People’s History Museum’s (PHM) migration themed year with our top read blogs of 2021.  From queer migrant journeys to the right to protest, thousands of you read about ideas worth fighting for on the PHM blog last year.  These are the stories you enjoyed most.



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Zofia Kufeldt, Programme Officer at People's History Museum

A rediscovered campaign with resonance today

1 December 2021


In this blog PHM’s Programme Officer Zofia Kufeldt delves into who CAIL were, the Immigration Act of 1971 which was the impetus behind the campaign and how it continues to form the basis of the UK’s immigration laws today.



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Sisters Uncut protest, London, 2018 © Holly Falconer

10 famous protests the Policing Bill would've threatened

11 October 2021


For this blog we’re sharing a list of famous UK protests, prepared by Amnesty International, that would’ve been impossible under the Policing Bill.  From children protesting for Fridays for Future, to protests for Black Lives Matter and ending apartheid in South Africa, discover how our proud history of protest has shaped a better world today.



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Aldermaston protest,1958. Image courtesy of People's History Museum

Dangers of technological surveillance in policing public protests

1 April 2021


At a time when people’s right to protest is being challenged, we’ve a fascinating read from Holly Barrow, Political Correspondent for the Immigration Advice Service, exploring the use of surveillance to suppress dissent.



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