As a charitable organisation, 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 the following:

Arts Council England

Arts Council England

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Greater Manchester Combined Authority



Changing Places Toilet Scheme
John Ellerman Foundation


Art Fund

The Co-operative Group

Garfield Weston Foundation

Foyle Foundation

Designation Development Fund (Arts Council)

The Granada Foundation

The National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF)


The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust


AIM Biffa Award History Makers

Business Growth Hub

DCMS Wolfson Fund – Wolfson Foundation

Department for Work & Pensions (DWP)

European Union Horizon 2020 Funding

Nesta Amplified Fund

The Speaker’s Art Fund / House of Commons

Viridor Credits Environmental Company

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