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

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Take a 3D tour of PHM's main galleries

3D tour of People's History Museum's main galleries

Explore ideas worth fighting for throughout two Family Friendly galleries at the national museum of democracy.  Meet the revolutionaries, reformers, workers, voters, and citizens who believed in and continue to inspire ideas such as equality, social justice, co-operation, and a fair world for all.

Suitable for all ages.

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Art for Two - conversation and tour

Google Arts & Culture Art for Two logo

Discover ideas worth fighting for past, present and future in this online conversation and tour of PHM’s main galleries, with actor Alfred Enoch and PHM’s Head of Collections & Engagement Jenny Mabbott.  Part of Google Arts & Culture’s Art for Two series.

Suitable for all ages.

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Images of Protest: Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter protest, Manchester, 31 May 2020, from People's History Museum's contemporary collection © Jake Hardy

History is being made.  Explore one of PHM’s most recent acquisitions through Google Arts & Culture; photographs of 2020 Black Lives Matter protests in Manchester through the lens of photographer Jake Hardy.

Suitable for ages 11+

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Virtual Hidden Nature tour

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

September 2020’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 ages 11+

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Cliff Rowe collection - staff picks

Woman with Birdcage in Window painting by Cliff Rowe, 1931 © People’s History Museum

The artist Cliff Rowe donated over 1,600 paintings, prints and drawings to PHM in 1985.  A lifelong socialist, Rowe focused a lot of his work on industry, working life, and people.  In July 2020, members of PHM’s staff looked at the collection in the context of Covid-19 and picked paintings that resonated with them.

Suitable for all ages.

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PHM's online shop

People's History Museum shop, Manchester

Explore and celebrate ideas worth fighting for through PHM shop’s range of products – available to buy online! All purchases support the museum, helping us continue to champion ideas worth fighting for.

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Five object highlights

Michael Foot's coat from 1981, on display at 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.

Suitable for all ages.

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Ten treasures

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

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

Suitable for all ages.

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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.

Suitable for all ages.

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Connect

My First Protest Song

My First Protest Song at People's History Museum

Join singer-songwriter Matt Hill to make some noise and sing some songs in this popular PHM session for babies and tots, an interactive online performance full of toe tapping tunes from times of change.

Suitable for babies, tots and grown ups.

Join in and make some noise!

Bedtime Story - online

Bedtime Story - online with People's History Museum

Get ready for bed and settle in for a live streamed, multi-sensory story session.

Follow the adventures of Little Bee, the hero of Victorian Manchester, or meet Mr Ordinary in our story of Manchester’s Coat of Arms, or help a queen solve clues to get to the end of the rainbow!

Suitable for under 5s and their grown ups.

Settle in for a story

Exploring migration

Exploring migration with People's History Museum. Illustration by Danielle Rhoda

PHM is currently exploring migration through a programme of events and exhibitions, co-created by a Community Programme Team made up of people whose lives have been shaped by migration.

Suitable for a range of ages, see individual event and exhibition information.

What's on exploring migration

Radical Lates

Radical Lates with People's History Museum

Every second Thursday each month, explore ideas worth fighting for through a regular programme of unique online events after hours.

Suitable for a range of ages, see individual event information.

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Exploring Crossings: community and refuge

10 June 2021, Radical Late with People’s History Museum - Exploring Crossings: community and refuge – a British Museum Spotlight Loan. Issam Kourbaj (b. 1963) Dark Water, Burning World, 2016, repurposed bicycle steel mudguards, extinguished matches and clear resin. © Trustees of the British Museum. Reproduced by permission of artist Issam Kourbaj

Join us on Thursday 10 June 2021, 6.30pm – 8.30pm for a Radical Late evening exploring the themes of the British Museum’s Spotlight Loan Crossings: community and refuge, on display at PHM from Saturday 29 May to Sunday 5 September 2021.

Hear a talk from Syrian artist Issam Kourbaj about his work Dark Water, Burning World, alongside guitarist and songwriter Ewan McLennan performing a collection of his songs including Lampedusa.

Suitable for ages 16+

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Think Globally, Act Locally: Space to Imagine, Time to Act

13 May 2021, Radical Late online - Think Globally, Act Locally: Space to Imagine, Time to Act with People's History Museum. Image of PHM staff on Global Climate Strike, Manchester, 20 September 2019, courtesy of People's History Museum

Saving the planet can feel like an overwhelming, impossible task.  But how much can be achieved when we come together?

Join us on Thursday 13 May 2021, 6.30pm – 8.30pm for a Radical Late evening of discussion followed by talks and workshops that will bring our worries, hopes and ideas together to help us tackle the climate crisis and climate grief.

Suitable for ages 11+

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Tape Letters: hidden stories of migration

8 April 2021, Radical Late online: Tape Letters: hidden stories of migration with People's History Museum © Modus Arts

On Thursday 8 April 2021, 7.30pm – 9.00pm, join a Radical Late evening with Modus Arts as they present a series of deep listening sound videos developed from testimonies collected during their groundbreaking Tape Letters project, from Pakistani immigrants who settled in Britain between 1960 and 1980.

The videos will be followed with a live Q&A session.

Suitable for ages 11+

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OUTing the Past Festival

11 February 2021, Migration, Race & Empire LGBT+ histories tour, OUTing the Past Festival with People's History Museum. Movement for Justice banner by Ed Hall

February 2021’s Radical Late was an evening of talks focusing on how migration has influenced LGBT+ history and the fight for LGBT+ rights.

Part of OUTing the Past Festival, an international celebration of LGBT+ history.

Suitable for ages 18+

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Communism in Britain through its archives

First Unity Convention, Communist Party of Great Britain, July 1920, Cannon Street Hotel, London (Ref No. NMLH.2000.10.470)

On 20 November 2020, 100 years of discoveries, disposals and debates were explored through a live streamed online presentation and discussion about the archive of the Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB) on the centenary of the party’s formation.

Suitable for ages 16+

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Climate Change, Migration and DR Congo

12 November 2020, Climate Change, Migration and DR Congo, Radical Late online with People's History Museum. Image of DR Congo map burning in woodland © Kooj Chuhan

November 2020’s Radical Late was an online artistically performed story and accompanying discussion exploring the ways in which colonialism, conflict, race and migration connect with climate change, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) and people arriving from there to the UK.

Suitable for ages 12+

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Have Your Say

Have Your Say at People's History Museum

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

July 2020’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 ages 16+

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PechaKucha Night Manchester

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

July 2020’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 ages 16+

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Conversation and cooking

25 June 2020, A Night with Heart & Parcel online ╕ Heart & Parcel (6)

June 2020’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.  Enjoy a cooking demonstration of pierogi and salad from Heart & Parcel’s cookbook, which includes recipes from some of the women they have supported.

Suitable for ages 16+

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Create

Doodle Den

Doodle Den with People's History Museum

Make your own Doodle Den at home, pick up a pencil and explore PHM’s collections through sketching, scribbling and silliness.

Suitable for ages 5+

Get doodling!

The Fabric of Protest

The Fabric of Protest online with People's History Museum

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

Suitable for ages 11+

Get creative

Make a campaign film

Vital Voters project with 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.

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Learn

Online learning sessions

Ideas worth learning about - at home & online

Learn about, be inspired by and get involved in ideas worth fighting for; ideas such as equality, social justice, co-operation, and a fair world for all.

PHM offers online learning sessions for all ages and families of all shapes and sizes.

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Peterloo

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, from People's History Museum collection

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, from People's History Museum's collection

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 project with 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 project with 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 in 1819 to the first women winning the right to vote in Britain in 1918.

Suitable for ages 16+

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Which radical are you?

Which radical are you? Fun and fast quiz from 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 at People's History Museum. Image featuring Jayaben Desai, Viv Anderson and Mary Wollstonecraft

PHM tells the stories of radical thinkers whose big ideas have shaped our society.  Join the Radicals and help us continue to champion ideas worth fighting for.

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