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

My First Protest Song © People's History Museum

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

Suitable for toddlers to grown ups.

Join in on Facebook @PHMMcr

Have Your Say

Have Your Say @ People's History Museum

Connect with PHM’s Have Your Say event online, an open conversation about the talking point of the month.  Taking place on Zoom, book your free tickets to join in or follow the discussion.

Suitable for 16+

Book your place

PechaKucha Night Manchester Vol. 31 – ‘Migration’

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

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

Live streamed on Zoom including a Q&A, hear from an eclectic mix of speakers from the worlds of design, art and social action.

Suitable for 16+

Book your free tickets

Conversation and cooking with PHM x Heart & Parcel

Conversation and cooking with PHM x Heart & Parcel

Enjoy 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.  Includes 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+

Watch on PHM's YouTube channel

Make Your Mark

Block printing @ People's History Museum

Inspired by our Make Your Mark creative workshops, this animation shows you how to make a mini den that you can decorate using our ‘how to’ guide to block printing.

Suitable for age 5 to adults.

Make Your Mark

Doodle Den

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 artist Helen Mather over on Instagram stories @phmmcr for an hour of stitching, chatting and sharing inspired by PHM’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 10-18.

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.

Watch and listen

Ten treasures

Cliff Rowe painting, Woman Looking Through a Microscope, 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.

Watch and listen


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 10-18.

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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 10-18.

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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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