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 'Racism'

Left and right: The Negro Association, Manchester subscriptions book, 1944, title page and pages one and two © People’s History Museum

Africa Speaks in Manchester: Pan-Africanism, Manchester and a collection gem

15 October 2020


2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the fifth Pan-African Congress, which took place in Manchester (15 – 21 October 1945).  We asked PHM Researcher Dr Shirin Hirsch and historian Geoff Brown to look at a document on display in the museum’s main galleries and to blog about the role of black activists in Manchester in the build up to the Congress.



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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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Grunwick strike poster, 1977 © People's History Museum

Going back to Grunwick

10 June 2020


PHM’s Programme Officer, Zofia Kufeldt puts the spotlight on a Grunwick strike poster from 1977.



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Lithograph portrait of William Cuffay © National Portrait Gallery, London

William Cuffay, Black Chartism and a treasured object

10 April 2020


On the anniversary of the 1848 Chartist mass meeting on Kennington Common, London, People’s History Museum’s (PHM) Researcher Dr Shirin Hirsch explores the life of PHM Radical William Cuffay – a ‘scion’ of Africa’s oppressed race – and reveals a precious, rare and poetic treasure of Cuffay’s from the museum’s collection.



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Viv Anderson with 1978 football shirt © People's History Museum

Former Nottingham Forest, Manchester United & England Defender, Viv Anderson, calls for affirmative action

18 October 2019


October is Black History Month, an event to celebrate great black achievers in all walks of life.  In this guest blog People’s History Museum (PHM) Radical, Viv Anderson MBE talks about his life growing up in Nottingham from Jamaican descent, his life in the game and call for affirmative action.



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