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Labour History Archive & Study Centre

Labour History Archive & Study Centre @ People's History Museum

Labour History Archive & Study Centre

With our expert Archive Team on hand, discover our incredible collection of political archive material.

Delve into this internationally significant collection, which includes items of national importance from the last 250 years of British social and political history.  Home to the complete holdings of the national Labour Party and Communist Party of Great Britain and over 95,000 photographs relating to the growth of democracy in Britain, covering not only parliamentary reform, extension of the vote and general elections, but grassroots organisations and campaigns also.

Learn how the collection continues to grow today, and how it is used by communities, researchers and individuals to explore the social and political stories of the past.

The archive collections complement archive material, objects, photographs and banners on display in the museum’s galleries, which are also explored through PHM’s public programme of events and exhibitions.

Introduction to Archives session @ People's History Museum

Planning a visit

  • 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 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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Labour History Archive & Study Centre @ People's History Museum

Delve into the archives

Including pamphlets, newspapers and photographs, as well as the archives of political parties and leftwing pressure groups, the archive collects the personal papers of radical politicians, writers and activists.

Archive collections available