Learning resources

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

Manchester Heroes print by George Cruikshank, September 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.

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

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Mary Wollstonecraft

Mary Wollstonecraft print © Stewy

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

Manchester suffragette banner, 1908 © People's History Museum

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

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.

Suitable for ages 11+ (Key Stage 3+)

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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 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 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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Environment and the climate crisis

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

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

Media Literacy at People's History Museum

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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Migration

Why people migrate, still from animation. Image courtesy of People's History Museum

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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Communism

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

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

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!

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

Hydroponics experiment by artist Colette Whittington. Image courtesy of People's History Museum

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

The Fabric of Protest online

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+

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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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Banner conservation in The Conservation Studio at People's History Museum

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

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

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.

You can also watch back a selection of talks and tours that have been part of our public events programme.

 

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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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