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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 'Working class'

Image of A white mug with black line drawings of a miner and family with the text Support the Miners.

Miners’ Strike 1974: a victory for workers

9 January 2024


Dr Shirin Hirsch takes us back to the 1974 Miners’ Strike, and explains what took place and the legacy that this would create for the years that followed.  Part of a series of three blogs, we’ll also hear about the events of the 1984 to 1985 Miners’ Strike with Dr Bob Dinn, Visitor Experience Supervisor for PHM and also from Amy Todd, a PhD student working for PHM, who will be writing about the women’s movement against pit closures during this year long strike.



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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 Leather jacket worn by campaigner Harry Leslie Smith, around 2013

Standing with Harry: 'the world’s oldest rebel'

25 February 2023


To mark the centenary of Harry’s birth (25 February 1923), PHM Collections Manager Sam Jenkins takes a look at Harry’s story and the iconic jacket that he wore when he took his ‘last stand’ – which is now part of PHM’s collection.



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Image of Saklatvala speaking to a crowd in Trafalgar Square, Communist Party photo collection. Image courtesy of People's History Museum

Shapurji Saklatvala: An anti-colonialist in the heart of empire

1 November 2022


In this blog PHM’s Researcher Dr Shirin Hirsch writes about the MP Saklatvala, the Labour Party’s first MP of colour.  From his early life and membership of the Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB), to his fight for national and colonial issues in parliament.



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Image of Paris Commune biscuit, 1871. Image courtesy of People's History Museum

A taste of PHM's collection

16 September 2022


A look at some of the weird and wonderful food and drink items in PHM’s collection.



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