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Learning resources | Democracy

Use these resources to find out more about the development of democracy in Britain over the last 200 years.

Democracy past

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






Voting is vital.  Want to know why?  PHM’s Vital Voters young 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 at 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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What is protest?

What is 'protest'? image






Use this comic to help explain what protest is to children, exploring the complexity of emotions that might be felt and how you can be an ally to someone who needs support.

Suitable for ages 5+

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Protest timeline

Grunwick Strike Committee, Defend the Right to Strike banner, 1976. Image courtesy of People's History Museum

As part of the museum’s 2019 exhibition Disrupt? Peterloo and Protest, visitors added protests they believed to be significant between 1819 and 2019 using postcards.  This timeline takes a closer look at some of the protests that were documented. 

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3D tour of the main galleries

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






Take a 3D tour of PHM’s galleries and meet the revolutionaries, reformers, workers, voters, and citizens who believed in and continue to inspire ideas worth fighting for such as equality, social justice, co-operation, and a fair world for all.

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