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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 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

People's History Museum shop

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…

Have you had your morning brew yet? ☕  It’s #NationalTeaDay this Sunday, but what does a cup of earl grey have to do democracy? 

(Yes, I did use an earl grey tea bag for this video and yes, I did really enjoy drinking it afterwards.)

#BritishHistory #PoliticalHistory #EarlGrey #TeaTime #Cuppa #MorningBrew

Have you had your morning brew yet? ☕ It’s #NationalTeaDay this Sunday, but what does a cup of earl grey have to do democracy?

(Yes, I did use an earl grey tea bag for this video and yes, I did really enjoy drinking it afterwards.)

#BritishHistory #PoliticalHistory #EarlGrey #TeaTime #Cuppa #MorningBrew
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The media’s dramatic fears over marginalised people gaining rights are nothing new. 

‘Hieroglyphic of an Eventful Year, 1831’ depicts how the 1830s ruling elite were having an absolute meltdown over the thought of sharing democracy with middle and working class men. The Reform Act 1832 ended up extending the vote to only middle class men. Just wait until they hear about women’s suffrage. 

#BritishHistory #PoliticalHistory #VoterReform

The media’s dramatic fears over marginalised people gaining rights are nothing new.

‘Hieroglyphic of an Eventful Year, 1831’ depicts how the 1830s ruling elite were having an absolute meltdown over the thought of sharing democracy with middle and working class men. The Reform Act 1832 ended up extending the vote to only middle class men. Just wait until they hear about women’s suffrage.

#BritishHistory #PoliticalHistory #VoterReform
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An MP once described as ‘one of the most violent anti-British agitators in England…’, yet rarely mentioned in the history of British politics: Shapurji Saklatvala was the Labour Party’s first MP of colour. 

Shapurji Saklatvala was born #onthisday 150 years ago in Bombay (now Mumbai). From 1922 to 1923, he used his position as Labour MP for Battersea North to strongly oppose British colonialism in India and Ireland. He was hated by the press because he was openly communist and critical of the British Empire.

Read the blog at the link in bio to find out more about Saklatvala’s remarkable and unique position in British politics. 

Image: Saklatvala speaking to a crowd in Trafalgar Square, Communist Party photo collection. Image courtesy of People's History Museum

#LabourParty #CommunistPartyOfGreatBritain #AntiColonial #BrownHistory

An MP once described as ‘one of the most violent anti-British agitators in England…’, yet rarely mentioned in the history of British politics: Shapurji Saklatvala was the Labour Party’s first MP of colour.

Shapurji Saklatvala was born #onthisday 150 years ago in Bombay (now Mumbai). From 1922 to 1923, he used his position as Labour MP for Battersea North to strongly oppose British colonialism in India and Ireland. He was hated by the press because he was openly communist and critical of the British Empire.

Read the blog at the link in bio to find out more about Saklatvala’s remarkable and unique position in British politics.

Image: Saklatvala speaking to a crowd in Trafalgar Square, Communist Party photo collection. Image courtesy of People`s History Museum

#LabourParty #CommunistPartyOfGreatBritain #AntiColonial #BrownHistory
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After years of campaigning by Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI), an ombudsman report published yesterday has recommended that thousands of UK women born in the 1950s be compensated for government failings over changes to the state pension. 

The WASPI campaign agrees with the state pension age being equal but believes that women were not properly informed and left with no time to make alternative plans.

Currently on display in PHM's 2024 Banner Exhibition, this banner was created by WASPI in 2018 in protest against having to wait an additional six years for state pensions when they had expected it at 60. The government has not confirmed whether they will pay compensation or apologise, as suggested in the report. 

Image: Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) banner, 2018. Image courtesy of People's History Museum.

After years of campaigning by Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI), an ombudsman report published yesterday has recommended that thousands of UK women born in the 1950s be compensated for government failings over changes to the state pension.

The WASPI campaign agrees with the state pension age being equal but believes that women were not properly informed and left with no time to make alternative plans.

Currently on display in PHM`s 2024 Banner Exhibition, this banner was created by WASPI in 2018 in protest against having to wait an additional six years for state pensions when they had expected it at 60. The government has not confirmed whether they will pay compensation or apologise, as suggested in the report.

Image: Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) banner, 2018. Image courtesy of People`s History Museum.
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Could there be a deliberate irony in the placement of I <3 NHS stickers on a Tobacco Workers’ Union banner? 

In the last few decades, smoking has been the subject of legislation and criticism, with the government often citing NHS capacity as a reason to stop smoking. The latest update is the increased vaping tax announced in Jeremy Hunt’s spring budget 2024. 

This banner was made in 1960, with the NHS stickers added later, potentially at protests in 1982. Tobacco workers often stood in solidarity with others fighting for their rights - the Glasgow Tobacco Workers’ Union stood in solidarity during the Miners’ Strike, distributing food to struggling miners. 

Image: Tobacco Workers’ Union banner, 1960. Image courtesy of People’s History Museum.

Could there be a deliberate irony in the placement of I <3 NHS stickers on a Tobacco Workers’ Union banner?

In the last few decades, smoking has been the subject of legislation and criticism, with the government often citing NHS capacity as a reason to stop smoking. The latest update is the increased vaping tax announced in Jeremy Hunt’s spring budget 2024.

This banner was made in 1960, with the NHS stickers added later, potentially at protests in 1982. Tobacco workers often stood in solidarity with others fighting for their rights - the Glasgow Tobacco Workers’ Union stood in solidarity during the Miners’ Strike, distributing food to struggling miners.

Image: Tobacco Workers’ Union banner, 1960. Image courtesy of People’s History Museum.
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Despite the lack of coalfields in the East End of London, there was strong support for miners in parts of the capital. For example, Tower Hamlets Miners Support Group campaigned on behalf of miners nationally until October 1994. 

The design on this banner represents the River Thames by a yellow line, with a pithead wheel placed within the Isle of Dogs, a reference to where the banner was made. 

Mark the 40th anniversary of the 1984 to 1985 Miners’ Strike and uncover the stories of a defining event in Britain’s history at PHM on Saturday 23 March. Book tickets at the link in our bio. 

Image: Eastenders Against Pit Closures, Tower Hamlets Miners Support Group banner, 1992. Image courtesy of People’s History Museum. 

#MinersStrike #MinersStrike40 #Miners #TowerHamlets

Despite the lack of coalfields in the East End of London, there was strong support for miners in parts of the capital. For example, Tower Hamlets Miners Support Group campaigned on behalf of miners nationally until October 1994.

The design on this banner represents the River Thames by a yellow line, with a pithead wheel placed within the Isle of Dogs, a reference to where the banner was made.

Mark the 40th anniversary of the 1984 to 1985 Miners’ Strike and uncover the stories of a defining event in Britain’s history at PHM on Saturday 23 March. Book tickets at the link in our bio.

Image: Eastenders Against Pit Closures, Tower Hamlets Miners Support Group banner, 1992. Image courtesy of People’s History Museum.

#MinersStrike #MinersStrike40 #Miners #TowerHamlets
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