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Venue Hire

A unique northern heritage venue where every event supports the museum.

Image of Wedding outside the Engine Hall at People's History Museum
Image of Engine Hall - Gala Dinner @ People's History Museum 2016
Image of Conference in the Engine Hall at People's History Museum
Image of Conference set up in the Coal Store. Image courtesy of People's History Museum.

People’s History Museum (PHM), the national museum of democracy, is situated in the heart of Spinningfields.  Our event, conference and meeting facilities sit within a magnificently restored historic Grade II listed Edwardian Pump House, the only surviving one of its kind in the city.

Our in house caterer Open Kitchen Cafe & Bar make delicious food that aims to change the food system, reducing waste and food poverty.  Our shared values make us one of Manchester’s most exceptional ethical venues.

By selecting PHM as your venue, not only will you benefit from a unique venue packed with heritage but you’ll also be contributing to something bigger.  All the income generated through our events space is directed back into our social mission as a free museum inspiring activism by telling the story of past, present and future of democracy.

Our friendly and helpful team will work with you to plan your event from start to finish.

  • Maximum capacity 200
  • Hybrid ready
  • Access friendly
  • Near public transport and parking


Make your event even more memorable with exclusive access to our galleries, a private tour for your guests, or a talk from one of our experts.

PHM hires event spaces to a wide variety of individuals and organisations.  Hiring an event space at PHM is not an endorsement of activities, views or aims.

Download the Venue Hire brochure for full details.

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Spaces for Hire

The Engine Hall

The Engine Hall, restored Edwardian Grade II listed building, Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3ER © People's History Museum (1)

The stunning Edwardian Engine Hall is our largest space boasts a vaulted iron and glass roof, vast windows and original glazed tiles.  It is perfect for conferences, awards ceremonies, marketplace events and receptions. Can seat up to 100 people or hold 200 guests for a standing reception.

The Coal Store

Coal Store @ the People's History Museum lecture theatre style

A self-contained space with restored brick walls and a vaulted iron and wood ceiling.  The 50 seat space provides the ideal location for workshops, meetings, talks and medium sized social events.

Image of Wine event in PHM's Engine Hall.

Events and Corporate

Bring the wow factor to your event with a heritage venue.

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Image of A table set for a wedding in PHM's Engine Hall.

Weddings and Celebrations

Celebrate your special day at People’s History Museum.

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Catering by Open Kitchen Cafe & Bar

Open Kitchen create mouth-watering dishes using a mix of intercepted ingredients and ethically sourced produce.  Their team of passionate chefs use this ever changing mix to create delicious, thoughtful, and seasonal menus, making them the perfect choice for catering your event, meeting, or celebration with a conscience.

You can choose from a wide range of menus, or talk to the experienced events team to create a bespoke package.  The team are happy to meet any dietary requirements, allergies or intolerances.

Did you know you can hire Open Kitchen Cafe & Bar for private events?  Email the team on for further information.

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