Venue Hire

A unique Northern heritage venue where every event supports ideas worth fighting for.

Engine Hall - Gala Dinner @ People's History Museum 2016
Conference in the Engine Hall at People's History Museum
Wedding outside the Engine Hall at People's History Museum
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 catering partner Open Kitchen Cafe & Bar makes 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 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.

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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.

The Supervisors' Office

Meeting Room @ People's History Museum (c) Captive North

Unavailable until late 2022. A light airy room looking over the front of the building. The 18 seat room lends itself to presentations, workshops or meetings and includes break out space in the Accumulator Tower.

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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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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Open Kitchen Cafe & Bar

Open Kitchen Cafe & Bar creates mouth-watering dishes, using a mix of intercepted ingredients and ethically sourced produce.

Their mission is to reduce food waste, support a sustainable food future and support people who are struggling with food insecurity.

Choose from a wide range of seasonal menus, or talk to our experienced events team to create a bespoke package.  We 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 Venue Hire Team on for further information.

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