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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 'Trade unions'

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Miners’ Strike 1984 to 1985

31 January 2024


In this third of a series of three blogs exploring miners’ strikes, Dr Bob Dinn, Visitor Experience Supervisor at PHM, writes about the events of the 1984 to 1985 Miners’ Strike.

 



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Image of National Union of Journalists Official Picket armband, around 1985. Image courtesy of People's History Museum.

Strike action in PHM’s collection, past and present

15 November 2023


After a year marked by ongoing strike action, People’s History Museum have uncovered strike related objects in the museum’s collection.  These objects, collected from 40 years of picket lines, represent major UK strikes of the 1980s and 1990s, with more recent acquisitions illustrating contemporary strike action.



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Image of People’s History Museum’s (PHM) Community Programme Team Jo Yee Cheung

Migration: a human story

28 September 2021


Migration: a human story is now open at the museum until April 2022. In this blog, People’s History Museum’s (PHM) Community Programme Team Jo Yee Cheung talks about the museum’s migration project and the new series of related interventions which inject strong contemporary issues into the heart of the main galleries.



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Image of 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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Image of Matchmakers of the Bryant & May factory, around 1888 courtesy of Peoples History Museum

The Match Girls’ Strike

5 July 2020


On the anniversary of the day the match girls went out on strike, Sam Johnson, great granddaughter of Sarah Chapman, one of the leaders of the 1888 strike details the strike and uncovers Sarah’s personal story and Sam’s mission for her unmarked grave.



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