Learning resources | workers' rights

Use these resources to find out more about the development of trade union activity and the campaign for better working conditions in Britain.

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

Suitable for Key Stage 3, use our knowledge organisers containing key facts and information to explore the Match Girls’ Strike, 1888 and the Grunwick strike, 1976-1978.

Make connections and draw contrasts between the development of trade union activity and ‘unskilled’ workers’ rights in the 19th and 20th century.

The supporting activities use creative writing, debate, art, and drama to understand why these events happened, develop empathy with the people involved, and encourage thinking about the situation of workers today.

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Learning in the musem

We have a selection of resources for school children, young people and adults to use in our main galleries to explore trade unions and campaigns for workers’ rights.

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The inspirational Jayaben Desai

Read a blog post by Co-Chair of PHM Trustees Lord Steve Bassam of Brighton, a British Labour Party and Co-operative Party politician as he shares his very personal reasons for choosing to be the PHM Radical Sponsor of Jayaben Desai, leader of the Grunwick strike, 1976-1978.

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