Ideas Worth Exploring | at home and online

Events, activities, and resources to connect you with PHM's unique collections and stories, exploring the development of democracy in Britain. Be inspired by the radicals of the past and present to become the radicals of our future.

Whether you’re looking to connect with others online, create something at home, explore PHM’s collections, or learn about the people who changed the world, there are always ideas worth exploring.


My First Protest Song - online

My First Protest Song © People's History Museum

This popular PHM session for babies and tots is now being live streamed online for all to enjoy!  Join singer-songwriter Matt Hill to make some noise and sing some songs in this interactive performance full of toe tapping tunes from times of change.

Suitable for toddlers to grown ups.

Join in and make some noise!

Virtual Hidden Nature tour - online

10 September 2020, Heritage Open Days: Virtual Hidden Nature tour. 'Fellowship is Life' mural, unknown artist © People's History Museum

September’s Radical Late was part of Heritage Open Days festival 2020.  Take a virtual tour on PHM’s YouTube channel to discover stories about those who have campaigned for nature and the environment over the last 200 years.

Suitable for 11+

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Have Your Say

Have Your Say @ People's History Museum

Returning in 2021, PHM’s Have Your Say event is an open conversation about a current talking point.

July’s Have Your Say was a discussion on Covid-19 and independent living, including insight from disabled people sharing their experiences of independent living and the Covid-19 pandemic.

Suitable for 16+

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PechaKucha Night Manchester Vol. 31 – ‘Migration’

9 July 2020, PechaKucha Night Manchester x People's History Museum © Fiona Finchett

July’s Radical Late was hosted by PechaKucha Night Manchester, presenting a virtual evening of speedy talks and workshops on the theme of migration.

Hear from an eclectic mix of speakers from the worlds of design, art and social action.

Suitable for 16+

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Conversation and cooking with PHM x Heart & Parcel

Conversation and cooking with PHM x Heart & Parcel

June’s Radical Late saw an hour of conversation and cooking with PHM and Heart & Parcel, a Manchester based food and women’s project focused on developing English language skills whilst cooking.  Included a cooking demonstration of pierogi and salad from Heart & Parcel’s cookbook, which supports their work and includes recipes from some of the women they have connected with.

Suitable for 16+

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Doodle Den - online

Family Friendly fun @ People's History Museum

Make a den, pick up a pencil and explore PHM’s collections through sketching, scribbling and silliness.

Suitable for age 3 to adults.

Get doodling!

The Fabric of Protest - online

The Fabric of Protest online @ People's History Museum

Once a month join this informal creative workshop with artist Helen Mather for an hour of stitching, chatting and sharing, inspired by the museum’s collections.  Accompanying resources provide inspiration and ideas for creativity online and at home.

Suitable for age 11 to adults.

Get creative

Make a campaign film

Vital Voters @ People's History Museum, design by Katie Mae Jones, photo by Callum Shaw on Unsplash

As the Vital Voters of the future, PHM invites young people to take a three minute film challenge to let the world know what matters to them.

Suitable for ages 10 to 17.

Get involved

Five object highlights

Michael Foot's coat, 1981 @ People's History Museum, discussed by Steven Fielding, Professor of Political History at the University of Nottingham

Steven Fielding, Professor of Political History at the University of Nottingham discusses five highlights from PHM’s collection for a series of films available on the museum’s YouTube channel.

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Ten treasures

Woman Looking Through a Microscope painting by Cliff Rowe, 1966 © People's History Museum

Explore PHM’s collection online and discover ten treasures chosen by the PHM team that capture the ethos, spirit and importance of the museum’s collection.

Explore PHM's collection

15 on film

Filming the 1821 Tin Plate Workers Society banner in Main Gallery One © People's History Museum

Explore PHM’s collection through 15 short films made as part of the Citizens project, charting the history of liberty, protest, rebellion and reform.

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Manchester Heroes print by George Cruikshank, 1819 © People’s History Museum

Watch an animation and explore a series of learning resources for all ages to find out about what happened at St Peter’s Field in Manchester on 16 August 1819.

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Votes for women

Brighton National Women’s Social and Political Union banner, 1913 @ People's History Museum

Listen to a series of PHM’s podcasts, sign up to an online course and use lesson plans to find out more about the campaign for women to have the vote in Britain.

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Workers' rights

Grunwick Strike Committee banner, around 1976 @ People's History Museum

Find out more about the development of trade union activity and the campaign for better working conditions in Britain.

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Democracy past

Vital Voters @ People's History Museum, Match Girls' Strike, 1888 photo © People's History Museum

Voting is vital.  Want to know why?  PHM’s Vital Voters vloggers have explored 200 years of democracy in Britain to discover why we all need the right to have our say.

Suitable for ages 10 to 17.

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Democracy present

Vital Voters @ People's History Museum, photo by Heidi Fin on Unsplash

Want to know how voting works and what parliament does?  UK Parliament has come up with a series of short, snappy animations to explain everything.

Suitable for ages 10 to 17.

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Free online course

Peterloo to the Pankhursts

Sign up to take part in this free online course that uncovers a century long struggle for rights and representation, from the Peterloo Massacre 200 years ago to the first women winning the right to vote in Britain.

Suitable for 16+

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Banner conservation in The Conservation Studio @ People's History Museum

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Which radical are you?

Which radical are you? @ People's History Museum

Join PHM’s free museum membership by taking this fast and fun quiz! Find out which radical you are and help us match your interests to what’s on offer from PHM.

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Join the Radicals @ People's History Museum. Image featuring Jayaben Desai, Viv Anderson and Mary Wollstonecraft

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