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Pride inspired LGBTQIA+ Guided Tours at PHM

28 May 2024

Pride inspired LGBTQIA+ Guided Tours at PHM

People’s History Museum (PHM) is marking Pride Month with a series of LGBTQIA+ Guided Tours that take visitors on a journey through British democracy, politics and protest.  The tours will take place on Thursday 13 June, Monday 24 June and Sunday 30 June and will be led by the team from the national museum of democracy.

Queer history is embedded throughout the stories shared at PHM – as part of everything from the suffragettes to the Industrial Revolution and from antifascist politics to the founding of the NHS – and the LGBTQIA+ Guided Tours will look at all aspects of these histories.  It’s an evolving subject around which there will be insightful discussion, looking at different ways LGBTQIA+ people have and haven’t been recognised by both society and culture.

Jaime Starr, Collections Assistant at People’s History Museum, says, “The LGBTQIA+ Guided Tours at PHM will be full of stories and highlights from the museum’s collection and aim to give people the tools to think about queerness as an integrated and irremovable part of the fabric of British socio-political history, rather than a separate extra category.

“As well as a celebration, Pride is still a protest, and Pride Month gives us a chance to shine a spotlight on injustices – both historic and contemporary – which impact LGBTQIA+ people at home and globally.  We look forward to people joining us as we highlight queer presence in societal history, explore how progress has been achieved, and discuss the steps still to be taken.”

Tickets for the LGBTQIA+ Guided Tours are priced at £10, £6 and free and can be booked here. The tours are suitable for ages 16+ (under 18s must have an accompanying adult). 


Queens of the Desert: A Queer Cabaret
Saturday 8 June 2024, 7.00pm – 10.00pm

Storytelling, music, drag, poetry, spoken word and unforgettable performances by local, vibrant and exceptionally talented LGBTQIA+ performers combine to create a dazzling evening of cabaret.  The fun takes place in PHM’s stunning Edwardian Engine Hall and is crafted by the multi award nominated and critically acclaimed To Bee Productions.

 Queens of the Desert is suitable for ages 16+ (under 18s must have an accompanying adult).  Tickets are £20/£5 and bookable here.

People’s History Museum’s opening hours are 10.00am to 5.00pm, every day except Tuesdays.  Museum entry is free, with most visitors donating £10. To find out about visiting PHM, its full exhibitions and events programme visit and you can keep up to date with the latest news by signing up to receive PHM’s e-newsletter.




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PHM spokespeople:

Jenny Mabbott, Head of Collections & Engagement
Jenny is responsible for overseeing the exhibitions and public events programme at PHM, as well as the museum’s extensive collection and archive.  She can talk about the LGSM collection and its significance.

Jaime Starr, Collections Assistant
Jaime is an oral historian with a focus on 20th century LGBTQIA+ community activism in the UK and Ireland. At PHM they help to care for the museum’s collection and research it’s hidden histories. They will be one of the guides leading the LGBTQIA+ Guided Tours.

Notes to editors:

About People’s History Museum
People’s History Museum (PHM) in Manchester is the UK’s national museum of democracy, telling the story of its development in Britain: past, present, and future.  Through an eclectic and colourful mix of historic and contemporary collections, featuring banners, badges, posters, photography and more, the museum celebrates the radical stories of people coming together to champion ideas worth fighting for.

Offering an engaging programme of exhibitions and events, collaborating with communities to create authentic content, the museum is Family Friendly throughout – inspiring the next generation to be active citizens.

People’s History Museum encourages visitors to be empowered by the past to make a change for the future.  We are all together in the fight for a fairer world.

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 agency for creativity and culture.  ACE have set out their strategic vision in Let’s Create that by 2030 they want England to be a country in which the creativity of each of us is valued and given the chance to flourish and where every one of us has access to a remarkable range of high quality cultural experiences.  From 2023 to 2026 they will invest over £467million of public money from government and an estimated £250million from The National Lottery each year to help support the sector and to deliver this vision.

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