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 PHM's 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.  The archive is home to the complete holdings of the national Labour Party and Communist Party of Great Britain, archives of working class organisations, personal papers of radical politicians, writers and activists, and over 95,000 photographs relating to the growth of democracy in Britain.  Archive material covers 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, present, and for the future.

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

  • Opening times: Wed to Fri, 10.00am to 4.00pm (lunchtime closure 12.30pm to 1.30pm)
  • The archive is closed: Mon, Tues, weekends, all English bank holidays, and additional days around Christmas and New Year
  • Booking essential by email to (not by telephone), with a minimum of seven working days’ notice required
  • No access without appointment
  • 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

How to get here
Labour History Archive & Study Centre @ People's History Museum

Explore the archive

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 research guides
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