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 'Visual art'

Callum White, PHM Senior Visitor Services

Behind the masks: Five ‘masks’ from PHM’s collection

18 March 2021


Masks are now part of our everyday lives and possibly will be for the foreseeable future. This month is the anniversary of the UK’s first national lockdown, and we’ve a treat of a long read from People’s History Museum’s (PHM) Senior Visitor Services’ Callum White, uncovering a selection of masks and mask related objects from birth to death, from alien and nurse to Tony ‘Bliar’ which were already present in the museum’s truly unique collection.



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Youcef Hadjazi © Youcef Hadjazi

Illustrating queer migrant journeys

1 February 2021


Artist Youcef Hadjazi’s work, Queer Journeys, reflects how he has used his own experiences to creatively and collaboratively explore queer migrant journeys.

Youcef is delivering a talk as part of this year’s OUTing the Past Festival to share both his personal story and that of Queer Journeys to raise awareness on LGBTQ+ immigration.  We caught up with Youcef to find out what we can expect from his talk and to hear more about his own very personal journey.



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3D tour of People's History Museum

Manchester’s museum and gallery adventures from home

20 November 2020


With Manchester’s museums and galleries temporarily closed again, many have moved activity online to provide a whole range of amazing cultural digital experiences.   We’ve picked out some of the best for you.



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Woman Looking Through a Microscope painting by Cliff Rowe, 1966 © People’s History Museum

Cliff Rowe: Work, rest, and play

15 July 2020


This month PHM Learning Officer Liz Thorpe puts the spotlight on the Cliff Rowe painting Woman Looking Through a Microscope (1966), and shares activities to improve our wellbeing inspired by PHM’s wider collection of Cliff Rowe paintings.



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