Statements and responses

31 March 2020

We are all having to do things very differently at the moment, as everyone seeks to minimise and overcome the impact that coronavirus (COVID-19) is having across the globe. The museum is joined in solidarity behind the message #StayHomeSaveLives.

People’s History Museum has been closed since Thursday 19 March 2020 and the team are now working remotely, exploring new ways of inspiring people with the stories of ideas worth fighting for.

This includes rethinking and reshaping our approach to the museum’s headline theme of migration for 2020, which is being co-created with a Community Programme Team made up of people whose lives have been shaped by migration, and features many community-led projects and exhibitions.

We are certain the challenge of continuing to deliver a programme of activity will bring creative solutions and we are currently exploring alternative ways as a team and with our freelance artists of shining a light on stories of migration, sharing ideas and engaging in conversations.

Please do keep in touch and support us how you can; look out for news and updates on our website, sign up to our e-newsletter, subscribe to our blog, share on social media, make a donation if you can, and visit us when we’re back open again.

18 March 2020

People’s History Museum in Manchester has, like other museums and organisations across the country, closed for a period of time following the UK government’s announcement of measures to try and combat the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19).

This is an unprecedented situation for all, and we will continue to follow government and Public Health England instructions and do everything that we can to assist in the interests of staff, visitors and the wider public.

We will keep in touch via social media channels and this website as to when we will re-open, and we hope to welcome you all again soon.

27 January 2020

People’s History Museum (PHM), the national museum of democracy, has been following the story of Brexit as it has evolved.

In 2016 the museum unveiled an interactive installation The Euro Tunnel, which aimed to engage people with the referendum and encouraged them to use their vote.  PHM has been actively collecting Brexit material from the leave and remain campaigns, both before and since the referendum, for the museum’s object and archive collections.  This has included the acquisition of the Jo Cox Memorial Wall, which will go on display in summer 2020 as part of a wider community project entitled More in Common.  And this year within its headline theme of migration, PHM will reflect on life for migrants living in post-Brexit Britain.  All material in PHM’s collection is available for research and will be used to inform and inspire future programmes.

19 September 2019

On Friday 20 September 2019 People’s History Museum, the national museum of democracy, is joining the Global Climate Strike by carrying out an #ArtStrike.

Exhibits in the Disrupt? Peterloo and Protest exhibition will go on strike for the day in support of those demanding action to prevent further global warming and climate change, sharing the message ‘You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone’.  The #ArtStrike initiative is led by the UK Student Climate Network.

Disrupt? Peterloo and Protest tells of those protesting for rights and representation 200 years ago.  The exhibition has been chosen as the focus for the #ArtStrike so that People’s History Museum can stand in solidarity with a campaign that is seeking to secure significant change for a common cause in today’s world.

Alongside the historical artefacts featured in Disrupt? Peterloo and Protest sits the very contemporary Protest Lab; conceived as a space for individuals and community groups to create and share details of current campaigns.

13 March 2019

After two years of negotiations between Britain and the EU, Brexit is scheduled to take place on 29 March 2019 and as yet, there is no agreement in place. The Museums Association has warned of the “highly damaging impact on: the communities that museums serve; the people who work in and with museums, and the sharing of collections, ideas and expertise across European borders”, particularly in the event of a ‘No Deal’ Brexit. In planning our programmes for the years ahead and in our work as the ‘go to’ place for democratic engagement, People’s History Museum (PHM) must echo these warnings.

People’s History Museum is the national museum of democracy, and we have deep concerns about the impact of leaving the EU on our work as a cultural organisation, on the nation’s vibrant democratic engagement, and at this time of division, on the negative effects there could be on cohesion amongst communities.

These are defining times for our nation, which in years to come will be reflected through PHM’s archives, collections and programming as we record and inspire our nation’s democratic journey through history.

In the coming weeks we urge the nations elected officials to reach a resolution that brings the best possible outcome for all.

3 July 2019

People’s History Museum supports the ongoing fight for equality through our work with the community and activists campaigning for disabled people’s rights.

Peterloo represents the shared history of all, so in the year of the 200th anniversary of this milestone it is important that every aspect of the way it is marked is inclusive and accessible to all.

We hope that through peaceful protest and discussion, the voices of the disabled community are heard and that the Peterloo Memorial is representative for all.

14 June 2019

People’s History Museum (PHM) recognises the climate crisis as defining issues of the present day.  PHM’s commitment to environmental care, responsibility and action continues through all streams of our work.  PHM is a member of the Happy Museum Project, committed to being active stewards of people, place and planet.  We have joined the Culture Declares Emergency campaign and are passionately committed at all levels of the organisation to embedding sustainable practices into the museum’s day to day operations.  The museum places audience engagement at the heart of its sustainability approach; we believe the greatest impact we can have in addressing the climate emergency is to engage audiences to inspire action, whilst also working towards our own target of becoming a zero carbon museum by 2038.