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A unique venue of Manchester: try People's History Museum, a venue for a meeting of minds.

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***Enquire today to discuss our event spaces and suitability to help you bring people together again, with social distancing measures in place***

The museum’s conference and meeting facilities are within a magnificently restored historic Edwardian Pump House. By booking an event at the People’s History Museum (PHM) you are truly benefitting from meeting in a genuinely inspirational museum that is situated in the heart of the Manchester’s city centre Spinningfields.  Also the PHM is an independent charitable museum and all surplus from the hire of our spaces goes towards supporting the museum’s activities.

We have three flexible spaces with capacity from 10 to 200 people.  These can be hired for meetings, conferences, workshops, presentations, drinks receptions, evening dining and wedding ceremonies and receptions.

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Engine Hall - Wedding Ceremony @ People's History Musuem 2018
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Engine Hall

The unique Edwardian Engine Hall – can seat up to 100 people for an evening meal, civil ceremony or hold 200 guests for a standing reception or promotional event

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Coal Store Conference Room

The 50 seat Coal Store Conference Room – suitable for larger workshops and lectures

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Meeting Room

The 18 Seat Meeting Room – ideal for boardroom meetings or workshops

Currently unavailable until 2022

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Sustainable. Ethical. Delicious.

Day delegate packages

Coal Store Conference Room at People's History Museum. Image courtesy of People's History Museum

Day delegate packages start from £34.99 per person plus VAT and include:

  • Lunch and refreshments
  • Room hire
  • AV Equipment
  • internet access

Special rates are offered for charitable organisations.


Hearty helpings at Open Kitchen Cafe & Bar at People's History Museum

The Venue Hire catering offer from Open Kitchen is similar to the delicious food offer at their cafe & bar at PHM, with all menus changing regularly to follow the seasons and work directly with local producers:

  • Corporate events and delegate offers include simple sandwich platters with freshly prepared fillings changing daily, and mixed buffets with grain and vegetable based salads, sandwiches, and sides
  • Hot lunches include Open Kitchen’s hearty helpings menu; a traditional main meal and street food bites accompanied by a scrumptious side such as rice, wedges, or pasta, and vegetable based salad
  • A modern street food menu includes a selection of at least three hot street food dishes with big flavours, such as mac’n’cheese bites, arancini balls, and bao buns, accompanied by dips, a seasonal vegetable based salad and market slaw
  • Tea, freshly brewed coffee, homemade cakes, and even a glass of wine at the end of the day, are all available

Weddings and celebrations

People's History Museum wedding. Image (c)

Bespoke offerings are available for your special events.  All menus will be developed with Open Kitchen’s Head Chef to suit a range of styles and dietary requirements.

From modern street food, to canapes, to seven course taster menus, Open Kitchen’s chefs and Front of House Team deliver exceptional dishes and service.  Open Kitchen work directly with local producers to showcase their signature style of sustainable, ethical and delicious food experiences.

Hire Open Kitchen Cafe & Bar

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

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Open Kitchen Cafe & Bar at PHM
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