People’s History Museum will close on Sunday 31 December 2023 and re-open on Thursday 1 February 2024 so that it can carry out further work as part of the Welcome Project at PHM, which stems from the museum’s vision to be an exemplar for accessibility.Find out more
PHM collects, cares for, and conserves an eclectic and colourful mix of historic and contemporary material telling the story of democracy in Britain.
As the national museum of democracy, People’s History Museum (PHM) is the UK’s only museum entirely dedicated to sharing the stories of the revolutionaries, reformers, workers, voters and citizens who believed, then and now, in ideas worth fighting for; ideas such as equality, social justice, co-operation, and a fair world for all.
We do this by working alongside the communities whose stories the museum tells and through an eclectic and colourful, historic and contemporary collection that features banners, badges, posters, artwork, cartoons, placards, personal items and more, spanning four centuries of ideas worth fighting for.
If you believe in our work, and want to help us grow our collection, you can support us by becoming a Radical Friend and giving just £3 a month.
From the Levellers to the suffragettes, from Peterloo to Brexit, PHM’s collection spans four centuries of the development of democracy in Britain.Search online
This case in Main Gallery One showcases objects from the museum’s collection that are not on permanent display. The case is changed regularly to share new acquisitions and explore ideas worth fighting for.Visit the latest display
PHM’s collection is continually growing through object and archive donations and loans.Find out more
Steven Fielding, Professor of Political History at the University of Nottingham discusses five highlights from PHM’s collection for a series of films available on the museum’s YouTube channel.Watch and listen
Discover ten treasures chosen by the PHM team that capture the ethos, spirit and importance of the museum’s collection.Explore PHM's collection