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Connect your learners with PHM's unique collections and stories, exploring the development of democracy in Britain and campaign ideas such as equality, social justice, co-operation, and a fair world for all.

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Peterloo Massacre

Illustration of a crowd being attacked by yeomanry guards on horseback

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.

Suitable for ages 7+ (Key Stages 2 and 3)

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Mary Wollstonecraft

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Access the world’s first comic book telling the story of Mary Wollstonecraft, the mother of British Feminism.

Download the accompanying six week scheme of work and explore the concepts of feminism, mindfulness, and preserving the past through engaging activities.

Suitable for ages 7+ (Key Stage 2)

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Votes for women

Purple banner with the words ‘First in the fight. Founded by Mrs Pankhurst. 1903.’ There is a gold border with the word ‘Manchester’ at the top, ‘Women’s social’ on the left side and ‘& political union’ on the right. 

Listen to a series of PHM’s podcasts, sign up to an online course and learn about the Manchester suffragette banner to find out more about the campaign for women to vote in Britain.

Suitable for ages 11+ (Key Stage 3+)

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Workers' rights

A banner with illustrations of people beneath a yellow banner. The text reads Workers United Will Never Be Defeated

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

Suitable for ages 11+ (Key Stage 3+)

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Cartoon of an unhappy rain cloud. The text reads What is protest?

How does voting work?  What is protest?  Find out more about the development of democracy in Britain over the last 200 years, and why we all need the right to have our say.

Suitable for ages 5 to 17

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Free online course

Illustrations of people. The text reads 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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Environment and the climate crisis

People carrying a banner with the text People's History Museum Strike for Climate

Explore topics around the environment, the climate crisis and climate justice.

Create your own multi-ended story, be inspired by the story of a youth activist and take a virtual tour to discover stories about those who have campaigned for nature and the environment over the last 200 years.

Suitable for ages 7+

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Media literacy

Yellow sign with the text Should you believe everything you are told?

Explore the topics of fake news and propaganda through the collections at PHM in these Media Literacy resources.

Learn how to challenge information and identify key tactics used to influence people. Also consider your own media footprint and the impact we can all have on the world.

Suitable for ages 11+ (Key Stages 3 & 4)

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Still from an animation of a person stood with palm trees and buildings

Rethink what you know about migration, explore the reasons why people have moved to the UK and celebrate their contributions to society.

Suitable for Key Stage 2+ (ages 7+)

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LGBTQIA+ rights

A colourful collection of badges. Slogans include Spinster and Gay Pride 1981

Explore the campaigns and protests for LGBTQIA+ rights in Britain.

Suitable for a range of ages

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Black and white photograph of rows of people

On 20 November 2020, on the centenary of its formation, a live streamed online presentation and discussion about the archive of the Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB) took place featuring discoveries, disposals and debates.

Suitable for ages 16+

Watch the recording online
Create with your group

Doodle Den

Illustration of a tent. The text reads Doodle Den

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!

Create a multi-ended story

'Stories are a way we can empathise with someone else's experience ... feel connected and know that we could be similarly understood.' Storytelling at People's History Museum

Discover the power of storytelling in addressing climate grief and create a multi-ended story where the reader chooses the destiny of the planet.

Part of the Think Globally, Act Locally project, 2021.

Suitable for ages 7+

Create your story

Build a window farm

Illustration of a hydroponics experiment

Make a hydroponic experiment to build your own window farm.  Recycling a plastic drink bottle with a bit of fabric and some gravel, get your first crop planted.

Part of the Think Globally, Act Locally project, 2021.

Suitable for ages 7+

Get growing

The Fabric of Protest

A collection of materials for a sewing workshop

Explore how textiles are used in protest with artist Helen Mather in these online workshops. Or use the accompanying resources to create textile pieces inspired by PHM’s collections and the issues of today.

Suitable for ages 11+

Get stitching

Make a campaign film

Photograph of young people with placards

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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Read PHM's blog

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Read blog posts from PHM’s team and other voices and experts, with behind the scenes stories, insight on key issues and collection highlights all part of a varied read.

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Explore collection highlights

object highlights, Doodle Den @ People's History Museum

Find out more about the largest collection of political material in Britain.  Search our collection online, or explore our collection highlights – ten treasures15 on film, and five object highlights.

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Watch back tours, talks and online displays

A group of people holding placards and kneeling

Access some of the events, tours, and displays that we have hosted on our ‘Ideas Worth Exploring page’.  These include a 3D tour of the main galleries,  More in Common: in memory of Jo Cox online exhibition, and photographs of the Black Lives Matter protests in Manchester in 2020 by Jake Hardy.

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Self-guided trails

Group visits to the museum

A selection of trails to support your group visit from schools and community groups to the museum.

Suitable for ages 5 +

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