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Let the PHM shop inspire your Christmas list

3 December 2020

Gift ideas from the national museum of democracy

Left to right PHM shop, Kid's Christmas gifts ideas, People's History Museum exterior and Manchester themed gifts

Inspired by the vast collection of archives, artefacts and stories told at the national museum of democracy, People’s History Museum’s (PHM) shop is a treasure in its own right.  Books, posters, artwork, cards, children’s activities, toys, jewellery,

t-shirts, stationery and pocket money friendly fun products are just some of the things to choose from, with lots of ideas to inject some original thinking into Christmas giving.

The shop represents a specially curated collection, carefully researched and brought together by PHM Shop Manager Amber Greenall-Heffernan, featuring lots of independent companies, local products and bespoke designs.  To enable customers to benefit from this expertise, PHM is offering a personal gift matching service for Christmas 2020.  Whether you are looking for something for someone with a passion for politics; have a sister who is suffragette obsessed; or want to inspire a little one with a radical tale, PHM’s personalised service will come to your aid, whatever your budget.

Amber Greenall-Heffernan, People’s History Museum Shop Manager says, “Our focus is on making Christmas giving as creative and inspiring as possible and the PHM shop team are here to help make this happen.  We take a lot of care in putting ideas together and love the challenge of those difficult to buy for people!  Any purchases made not only support the museum, but also the brilliant independent businesses whose products we stock.”

Amber has put together a few collections to give a little flavour of the array of brilliant products that are available in PHM shop.

Christmas card sets are all £5.99 (for 8 cards), featuring original artworks to give a vintage vibe and playful themes that give a nod to some of the stories told at PHM.  There are also ideas on how to give your Christmas tree a Manchester feel with woollen handmade bees (£4.99) and woodcut Manchester skyline baubles (£4.99).  Everyone appreciates a notebook and there’s the Critique of Everyday Life notebook (£9.99) or the Choose Hope, Take Action journal to inspire and empower (£13.99).

As the home of the national museum of democracy, and a city with a history of leading change, there are lots of Manchester themed gifts.  These include Manchester Bee Co mugs (£10.50), pin badges and keyrings (£7.50 each).  You can also read about the city’s radical past or draw it, with a colouring book available exclusively at PHM shop (Supremo Innovations of MCR, £4.99).

The story of votes for women is shared at PHM and reflected in a collection of products that includes stocking filler ideas like a suffragette pencil set (£5.00) and bookmark set (£3.99 for a set of 6) and a reading list of titles for young suffragettes such as Little People Big Dreams: Emmeline Pankhurst (£9.99).  Also available, and made exclusively for PHM shop, is Magpies Daughter’s bespoke suffragette necklace (£20.00), with each individual disk of enamel reflecting the iconic colours of purple, green and white.

There’s lots to choose from for the little ones in your life, including David Olusoga’s Black and British: A short, essential history (£6.99), Little Feminist playing cards (£10.99) and surprise puzzles (£5.99).  And also to have fun with is the Solidarity Bunting Kit (£10.99).

For those wanting to add some radical history to their bookshelves, there is a wealth of choice.  These include The Peterloo Massacre (£9.99), Little Book of Politics (£6.99) and Resist! How to be an Activist…(£14.99).  PHM shop is renowned for its selection of books and also offers a specialist order service.

Every purchase made in PHM shop supports the work of the museum to explore and bring to life the past, present and future of democracy through its collections, galleries, exhibitions and events programme.  In recognition of the inclusive approach taken towards children’s products, People’s History Museum has once again been awarded the Let Toys Be Toys “Toymark” Good Practice Award for 2020.

Visit the museum’s website to get an idea of products available from PHM shop and to make an online order through the personalised service.  All orders will be posted out from the museum, and the deadline for placing orders for Christmas delivery is Monday 14 December 2020.

The shop is open for purchases and click and collect every Monday and Thursday from 11.00am to 3.00pm and will open in line with the museum’s opening hours when it is able to reopen.  For further information visit and to keep in touch you can sign up to the e-newsletter, subscribe to the blog, or follow the museum on social media on Twitter @PHMMcr, Facebook @PHMMcr, and Instagram @phmmcr or @phmshop.



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About People’s History Museum (PHM)
People’s History Museum (PHM) in Manchester is the national museum of democracy, telling the story of its development in Britain: past, present, and future.  The museum provides opportunities for all people to learn about, be inspired by and get involved in ideas worth fighting for; ideas such as equality, social justice, co-operation, and a fair world for all.  PHM offers a powerful programme with annual themes; 2018 looked at representation and commemorated 100 years since the first women and all men won the right to vote in Britain, in 2019 the focus was on protest to mark the bicentenary of the Peterloo Massacre in Manchester, the extended programme for 2020/2021 is on the theme of migration and 2022 will explore disabled people’s rights and activism.  Previous winner of Kids in Museums Family Friendly Museum Award.

We are hugely grateful for the generosity of our funders who have supported PHM during our period of closure and to reopen safely:

Arts Council England, Granada Foundation, Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Manchester City Council and The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

About Arts Council England (ACE)
PHM is an Arts Council England (ACE) National Portfolio Organisation (NPO).  The work of PHM is supported using public funding by ACE, the national development body for arts and culture across England, working to enrich people’s lives.  ACE support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to visual art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections.  Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us.  In short, it makes life better.  Between 2018 and 2022, ACE will invest £1.45 billion of public money from government and an estimated £860 million from The National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.

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