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Get a friendly welcome at People's History Museum in Manchester, the national museum of democracy. Explore the museum and be empowered by the past to make a change for the future.

Image of People's History Museum building exterior, from Bridge Street, Manchester.
Image of Pink rosette with a People's History Museum badge. Behind is a landscape banner with gold fringing, embroidery, and lettering reading: 'General Election 1906'.
Image of Exploring the Family Friendly galleries at People's History Museum. Image courtesy of People's History Museum.
Image of visitors playing 2024 Banner Bingo at People's History Museum.
Image of Axel Void, Peterloo. mural, 2018, painted on the exterior wall of People's History Museum building, next to the River Irwell.
Image of visitors enjoying the juke box in the Time Off? section in Gallery Two at People's History Museum.
Image of visitor trying out the Grunwick strike (1976-1978) interactive digital experience in the Citizens section in Gallery Two at People's History Museum.
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Plan your visit

  • Open: 10.00am to 5.00pm, every day except Tuesdays
  • Closed: 24, 25, 26 December & 1 January
  • Free entry, most visitors donate £10

 

Follow the link below to plan your visit, and find out what to expect when you get to PHM.

Plan your visit
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Group visits

For group visits of over six people, follow the link below to fill in an enquiry form or phone the Learning Team on 0161 838 9190.

Book your group visit
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Getting to PHM

The museum is located on the corner of Left Bank and Bridge Street, opposite the Civil Justice Centre, alongside the River Irwell, in the Spinningfields area of Manchester city centre, postcode M3 3ER.

Follow the link below for information on how to get to PHM.

Getting to PHM

Access

People's History Museum, Spinningfields, Manchester

We are committed to supporting all visitors during their time at PHM.  We understand that everyone’s access needs are different.

Please talk to us if you have queries or require any assistance in advance of your visit on 0161 838 9190 or access@phm.org.uk.

Access at PHM

What's on

Exploring the galleries at People's History Museum

Explore PHM’s galleries, exhibitions, and hands-on and digital interactives engaging adults and children alike.

Find out what's on

Families

We Love Kids in Museums logo

The museum is Family Friendly throughout, from facilities to family favourites including hands-on interactives and activities connecting you and your family with PHM’s unique collections and stories.

Plan your family visit

Open Kitchen Cafe & Bar

Open Kitchen Cafe & Bar.

Take a break from exploring with a sustainable, ethical, and delicious food experience at Open Kitchen Cafe & Bar; offering breakfast, lunch and drinks to grab and go, or sit in and enjoy.

A picnic area is available for visitors bringing their own food and drink to the museum.

Take a break

Exit through the gift shop

Shop at People's History Museum

A unique gift shop in Manchester inspired by the museum’s collection, full of books, cards, homeware, souvenirs and great presents for kids and grown ups.

Shop the collection

Free entry

Become a Radical Friend of People's History Museum

Join other visitors and make a donation today, helping to ensure the museum remains free for all.

Support PHM

Follow People’s History Museum on Instagram…

The police attempted to restrict the fundraising efforts of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM), setting strict boundaries and even confiscating funds. Collection Assistant Jaime Starr shares panels from the LGSM suitcase, a travelling exhibition showcased by LGSM in 1985. 

Join LGBTQIA+ tours of People’s History Museum on Monday 24 & Sunday 30 June. Link in bio to book. 

#LGSM #LesbiansAndGaysSupportTheMiners #MinersStrike1984 #MinersStrike #Strikes #UKHistory #Museums

The police attempted to restrict the fundraising efforts of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM), setting strict boundaries and even confiscating funds. Collection Assistant Jaime Starr shares panels from the LGSM suitcase, a travelling exhibition showcased by LGSM in 1985.

Join LGBTQIA+ tours of People’s History Museum on Monday 24 & Sunday 30 June. Link in bio to book.

#LGSM #LesbiansAndGaysSupportTheMiners #MinersStrike1984 #MinersStrike #Strikes #UKHistory #Museums
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It’s #WorldRefugeeDay – a time to support and celebrate the lives of refugees. The theme for Refugee Week 2024 is “Our Home” - everyone is welcome in our collective home, planet earth. 

‘The Journey We Made Across Land and Sea to Build a Country Not Made for Me’ is a banner made by Seleena Laverne Daye in 2021 for PHM’s migration programme. It celebrates the contributions of migrant workers to Our Home, the UK. 

On display in PHM’s 2024 Banner Exhibition. 

#RefugeeWeek

It’s #WorldRefugeeDay – a time to support and celebrate the lives of refugees. The theme for Refugee Week 2024 is “Our Home” - everyone is welcome in our collective home, planet earth.

‘The Journey We Made Across Land and Sea to Build a Country Not Made for Me’ is a banner made by Seleena Laverne Daye in 2021 for PHM’s migration programme. It celebrates the contributions of migrant workers to Our Home, the UK.

On display in PHM’s 2024 Banner Exhibition.

#RefugeeWeek
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On this day 40 years ago, the Battle of Orgreave saw over 100 miners injured and 95 arrested by police in a violent clash at Orgreave coking plant in South Yorkshire. 5000 picketers faced 6000 police. 

In 1991, 39 of the convicted miners were compensated £425,000 by South Yorkshire Police for assault by the police, wrongful arrest and wrongful prosecution. 

Image: Orgreave Veterans t-shirt, around 1985. NMLH.1999.34.8. Image courtesy of People’s History Museum. 

#MinersStrike #MinersStrike40Years #Strikes #BritishHistory #Museums

On this day 40 years ago, the Battle of Orgreave saw over 100 miners injured and 95 arrested by police in a violent clash at Orgreave coking plant in South Yorkshire. 5000 picketers faced 6000 police.

In 1991, 39 of the convicted miners were compensated £425,000 by South Yorkshire Police for assault by the police, wrongful arrest and wrongful prosecution.

Image: Orgreave Veterans t-shirt, around 1985. NMLH.1999.34.8. Image courtesy of People’s History Museum.

#MinersStrike #MinersStrike40Years #Strikes #BritishHistory #Museums
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Register to vote by 11:59pm on Tuesday 18 June – tomorrow! 

This Extinction Rebellion leaflet from 2019 is on display in PHM’s new General Election trail, with historic objects from 20 UK elections. 

This Race Can’t Get Any Hotter #ElectionRebellion Extinction Rebellion leaflet, 2019, NMLH.2021.43. Image courtesy of People's History Museum.

Register to vote by 11:59pm on Tuesday 18 June – tomorrow!

This Extinction Rebellion leaflet from 2019 is on display in PHM’s new General Election trail, with historic objects from 20 UK elections.

This Race Can’t Get Any Hotter #ElectionRebellion Extinction Rebellion leaflet, 2019, NMLH.2021.43. Image courtesy of People`s History Museum.
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Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM, @lgsmpride) was a powerful demonstration of intersectional solidarity. Collections Assistant Jaime Starr shows some panels from the LGSM suitcase, a travelling exhibition by LGSM from 1985. 

Jaime will be leading three LGBTQIA+ tours of People’s History Museum this June. Link in bio to book. 

#LGSM #LesbiansAndGaysSupportTheMiners #MinersStrike1984 #MinersStrike #Strikes #UKHistory #Museums

Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM, @lgsmpride) was a powerful demonstration of intersectional solidarity. Collections Assistant Jaime Starr shows some panels from the LGSM suitcase, a travelling exhibition by LGSM from 1985.

Jaime will be leading three LGBTQIA+ tours of People’s History Museum this June. Link in bio to book.

#LGSM #LesbiansAndGaysSupportTheMiners #MinersStrike1984 #MinersStrike #Strikes #UKHistory #Museums
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Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) was an LGBTQIA+ activist group founded in London in July 1984 after founding members, Oldham born Northern Irish raised Mark Ashton and Accrington born Mike Jackson, attended a talk by a striking miner that inspired them to take collection buckets to London Gay Pride in June 1984. 

Find out more about LGSM in a blog from PHM’s Collection Assistant Jaime Starr at the link in our bio. 

#LGSM #LesbiansAndGaysSupportTheMiners #MinersStrike1984 #MinersStrike #Strikes #UKHistory #Museums

Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) was an LGBTQIA+ activist group founded in London in July 1984 after founding members, Oldham born Northern Irish raised Mark Ashton and Accrington born Mike Jackson, attended a talk by a striking miner that inspired them to take collection buckets to London Gay Pride in June 1984.

Find out more about LGSM in a blog from PHM’s Collection Assistant Jaime Starr at the link in our bio.

#LGSM #LesbiansAndGaysSupportTheMiners #MinersStrike1984 #MinersStrike #Strikes #UKHistory #Museums
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Take inspiration from the #climate protestors fighting to protect our planet this #WorldEnvironmentDay. Extinction Rebellion Calderdale explores police resistance and the banners used at famous climate protests in a PHM guest blog. Link in bio. 

Image: Capitalism is Crisis banner at Occupy, by Ben Stansall, 2011. 

#ClimateJustice #ClimateProtests #ExtinctionRebellion

Take inspiration from the #climate protestors fighting to protect our planet this #WorldEnvironmentDay. Extinction Rebellion Calderdale explores police resistance and the banners used at famous climate protests in a PHM guest blog. Link in bio.

Image: Capitalism is Crisis banner at Occupy, by Ben Stansall, 2011.

#ClimateJustice #ClimateProtests #ExtinctionRebellion
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