Donations and loans

As the national museum of democracy, PHM's collection is made up of fascinating objects that tell the story of the development of rights, equality and democracy in Britain.

Peterloo Massacre 1819, commemorative glass © People's History Museum

Temporary pause to object donations and loans

As we work on a number of exciting projects to improve our collections management, make our collection more accessible, review our policies and process acquisitions accepted during the Covid-19 pandemic, the museum is temporarily pausing its acquisitions (object donations) and loans programmes for the duration of 2022. 

In 2022 we are developing our sustainable collecting policy ensuring future acquisitions are strategic, inclusive and representative of the communities we serve and the themes and stories that will help us to achieve our vision – of a fairer society where people’s voices and actions make a difference.  We believe this is important to ensure that we are able to preserve our collection for future generations.  

Any acquisitions and loans already in progress will be processed, but we are not able to accept any new offers or requests until January 2023.   We will update this page when we are once again accepting offers and loan requests.  Unfortunately, we will not be able to respond to any offers or loan requests received before this time. 

To explore PHM’s collection check out the online collections database.  We are working hard to add to this and improve it over the coming years. 

The acquisitions pause applies to museum object donations only.  Archive material will still be considered for donation during 2022.  Please contact for more information. 

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