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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 Kayleigh Crawford, Collections Officer at People's History Museum

From the Collection Store: Uncovering the Miners’ Strike

9 April 2024


In this blog post, we chatted with PHM’s Collections Officer Kayleigh Crawford to ask about the museum’s project to digitise its collection of objects related to the Miners’ Strike which led to the discovery of some hidden gems.



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Image of Black and yellow poster printed with the head of Constance Markievicz, including the text:” I Am Pledged To A Free And Independent Republic... A Workers Republic” Constance Markievicz.

Constance Markievicz

1 March 2024


PHM’s Visitor Experience Team’s Mollie Holden takes a closer look at Irish revolutionary Countess Constance Markievicz, her fight to improve the lives of the working class, and a poster in the museum’s collection.



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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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