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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.

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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 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 Manager 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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Image of Mark Wilson, Exhibitions Officer with Universal Suffrage or the Scum Uppermost hand coloured engraving in Disrupt? Peterloo and Protest exhibition

Fake news is old news

14 August 2020


PHM Exhibitions Officer Mark Wilson puts the spotlight on a museum treasure – a 200 year old cartoon made just one month before the Peterloo Massacre by master of the satirical George Cruikshank.



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Image of Left to right: Samuel Bamford painting, date unknown, courtesy of Rochdale Arts & Heritage and Bamford at Home in Moston, 1869, photographed by William Hindshaw, courtesy of Manchester Central Library

Samuel Bamford: My Peterloo Hero

7 August 2020


Robert Poole, Historian and Professor of History at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), reflects on why he chose to be PHM Radical Sponsor of Samuel Bamford, radical reformer and writer who was present at Peterloo.



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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


The great granddaughter of Sarah Chapman, one of the leaders of the 1888 Match Girls’ Strike, details the strike and uncovers a very personal story.



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