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 behind the scenes stories, coverage of our exhibitions, events, Learning Programme and highlights from our unique collection.

Posts from July 2019

Printers Demand Arms for Spain banner, 1936. 2019 Banner Display @ People's History Museum

Orwell & Edwards: conflict and candid moments

17 July 2019


#OnThisDay in 1936 the Spanish Civil War began.  To highlight the Printers Demand Arms for Spain banner on show in PHM’s 2019 Banner Display,  our fantastic volunteer and Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) post graduate student Beth Lane shares insight from previously unseen Spanish Civil War photographs in PHM’s internationally significant collection.



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“The bloody massacre perpetrated in King Street Boston on March 5th 1770 by a party of the 29th Regt.”, engraving by Paul Revere after Henry Pelham, 1770; Library of Congress, Washington D.C.

Small beginnings…with global impacts: Peterloo

12 July 2019


All year PHM is marking 200 years since the Peterloo Massacre; a defining moment for Britain’s democracy.  For Bastille Day we asked Dr Jonathan Spangler, Senior Lecturer in Early Modern European History at Manchester Metropolitan University to describe how political activity on one side of the Channel certainly influenced outcomes on the other in August 1819.



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Happy and Proud project banners and bags, designed and made by project participants on display at Burnley Mechanics and the National Trust’s Gawthorpe Hall ©Participation Works NW

History inspires success in Burnley

5 July 2019


#OnThisDay in 1909 suffragette Marion Wallace Dunlop went on hunger strike whilst imprisoned for militancy.  She became one of the first and most well known to do so and her tactics were to inspire the likes of Ghandi.  

We asked Lynne Blackburn, Director & Project Manager at Participation Works NW to share a recent project which saw a group of girls from Burnley inspired for their futures by struggles that women in the past faced.



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