The museum is very grateful to all its funders, helping us continue to tell the story of ideas worth fighting for.

The museum receives funding, grants, donations, sponsorship and ongoing support from a variety of individuals, organisations, companies and local and central government departments, which include/have included the following:

Allied London Properties

The Amicus section of Unite

Arts Council England

Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA)

British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA)

The Clothworkers’ Foundation

The Co-operative Funeralcare

The Co-operative Group

Department of Culture Media & Sport (DCMS)/Wolfson Foundation

Department of Work & Pensions (DWP)

Fire Brigades Union (FBU)

Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA)

Higher Education Funding Council for England

Kenworthy’s Chambers

Manchester City Council (MCC)

National Union of Rail, Maritime & Transport Workers (RMT)

National Union of Teachers (NUT)

Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA)

Thompsons Solicitors

TGWU section of Unite



University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)

Major funders for the £12.5 million redevelopment of the museum (completed in early 2010) were:

Manchester City Council (MCC); committed the land adjacent to the Pump House and provided assistance towards the HLF Stage I application.

Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF); awarded £7.18 million in November 2007 after the museum successfully completed the Stage II application process.

The Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) and European Regional Development Fund (ERDF); both invested in the museum’s redevelopment.