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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A Garland for May, 1895, Walter Crane. Front page of The Clarion. Image courtesy of Labour History Archive & Study Centre, People's History Museum

May Day: A People’s Holiday

1 May 2022


People’s History Museum researcher Dr Shirin Hirsch investigates the history of the early May Bank Holiday.



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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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Left to right Help Spain poster, 1937. Image courtesy of People's History Museum and Sam Jenkins, PHM's Collections Officer

This far and no further

17 July 2021


The Spanish Civil War began exactly 85 years ago, in this blog PHM’s Collections Officer, Sam Jenkins shares an insight into the events surrounding the bloodiest conflict seen in Europe since the end of World War I, and some of the stories that are told through the museum’s collection.



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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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Collections Officer Sam Jenkins with Peterloo cane from around 1819, in The Conservation Studio at People's History Museum, Manchester

Deciphering history

23 September 2020


To mark ten years in People’s History Museum’s (PHM) current home, the museum team picked out ten pieces that we believed capture the ethos, spirit and importance of PHM’s collection.  This month Collections Officer Sam Jenkins pieces to together clues from the past to reveal the story of one of PHM’s most treasured objects.



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