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Recruitment of Trustees

People’s History Museum (PHM) is looking for Trustees who will make us think about what we do in a fresh and different light; challenge us to be better and share their expertise and insights with us; supporting and working alongside our team of brilliant staff to create a business model that enables PHM to thrive; and suing our collections and spaces to deliver exciting programmes which will engage a growing and more diverse audience.

PHM tells the story of extraordinary, ordinary people who, through their collective campaigning and fights for justice, helped shape and create a better world for all of us.  We have the largest trade union banner collection in the world; and our collection includes everything from the table on which Thomas Paine wrote ‘The Rights of Man’, to a cane held by a demonstrator at Peterloo; from the historic Manchester suffragette banner to recent banners and campaign literature on climate change, LGBTQ+ rights, the Grunwick strikes; we hold the archives of the Labour Party, from the very first meeting held by Keir Hardie to the latest minutes of NEC meetings held by Sir Keir Starmer.

The main role of the PHM Trustees is to assist the Chair, Bernard Donoghue, in meeting the Board’s overall responsibilities in accordance with Charity Commission and Companies House guidance, as well as the funding requirements of both Arts Council England (ACE) since PHM was given National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) status, and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA).

We need a Board of Trustees with varied and diverse backgrounds, experiences, and skill sets, who are committed to ensuring that the organisation can deliver on its vision, mission and aims. We are looking to recruit several new members to our Board of Trustees with a broad spectrum of skills and experience, and as such, are looking for Trustees to support the general work of the museum, alongside Trustees with particular skills to support specific areas of the museum’s work.

In addition, we welcome applications that can demonstrate skills and experience in Arts and Culture, Commercial, Financial and Social Justice.

For enquires relating to the opportunity or to arrange an informal chat with one of our Trustees or one of our Senior Leadership Team, please contact Charlie Corkin, Executive Support Officer at

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How to apply

If you would like to apply please return the following information to

  • CV
  • Supporting statement of not more than two sides of A4, setting out how you meet the person specification for the role you are interested in


Each application will be assessed against the criteria outlined in this document.  Interviews will be held in person as practically possible.

There is no fixed deadline for applications, we will review applications as they are received and aim to respond to potential candidates within 4 weeks of receipt of your application. Interviews will be held in person as practically possible.
If you would like to have a conversation about the role with one of our Senior Leadership Team or one of our Trustees, please contact Charlie Corkin, Executive Support Officer: to arrange this.

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