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Our Collections

The People's History Museum (PHM) collects items of national importance primarily from the last two hundred years of British labour and political history, including the history of working people and their fight for equality and change.

The museum holds the largest collection of political material in Britain. Befitting the national museum of democracy, objects related to the fight for the vote make up a core of the collection. The objects are hugely varied. The PHM collection of trade union and political banners is the largest and most important of its type in the world. The museum also houses an internationally significant political archive and includes the complete holdings of the Labour Party and Communist Party of Great Britain. PHM also holds over 95,000 photographic images covering labour history, the Labour Party and more general political history.

Revolution section, Main Gallery One @ People's History Museum
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Search the collections

Welcome to the online collections of PHM.

You will be able to search some of our collections here, both objects and archive. Not all our collections are currently available on the online catalogue so please ask Collections staff for further details.

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Plan a visit to the Labour History Archive & Study Centre

Please make an appointment prior to your visit by emailing archive@phm.org.uk or telephoning 0161 838 9190.

Opening times: Monday to Friday 10.00am – 5.00pm. Lunchtime closure 12.30pm – 1.30pm.

The archive is closed at weekends and on all English Bank Holidays including additional days at Christmas and New Year.

We ask that when you arrive you place all bags, coats, food and drink in the lockers provided outside the reading room using a returnable £1.00 coin.

Laptops and pencils can be used in the reading room. Photocopying, scanning and digital camera use are available for a charge.

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