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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.
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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 Axel Void, Peterloo. mural, 2018, painted on the exterior wall of People's History Museum building, next to the River Irwell.
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 email learning@phm.org.uk.

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

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Join us this Saturday 13 July 2024 at 1.00pm for a very special The Fabric of Protest workshop.

Help the group select a banner, from the museum’s world-renowned collection, to display in the 2025 Banner Exhibition.

PHM’s Programme Officer, Michael Powell will dive into the meaning and relevance of the banners and share his process of curating the annual exhibition.

Participants will then begin stitching your own textile pieces in response to the ideas, visuals, and techniques in the chosen banner. 

The activity will continue into the workshop on Saturday 28 September 2024.

Join us and artist @helencmather & share on Instagram using #fabricofprotest

Booking essential for the workshop via the link in bio.

#TextileWorkshop #Museums #WhatsOnManchester

Join us this Saturday 13 July 2024 at 1.00pm for a very special The Fabric of Protest workshop.

Help the group select a banner, from the museum’s world-renowned collection, to display in the 2025 Banner Exhibition.

PHM’s Programme Officer, Michael Powell will dive into the meaning and relevance of the banners and share his process of curating the annual exhibition.

Participants will then begin stitching your own textile pieces in response to the ideas, visuals, and techniques in the chosen banner.

The activity will continue into the workshop on Saturday 28 September 2024.

Join us and artist @helencmather & share on Instagram using #fabricofprotest

Booking essential for the workshop via the link in bio.

#TextileWorkshop #Museums #WhatsOnManchester
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PHM is looking for a new Director to lead our museum & for a Commercial Manager to deliver the commercial plan.

Deadline for both posts: 5.00pm on Wednesday 31 July

Find out more and apply at the link in bio.

#MuseumJobs  #ManchesterJobs #museumdirector

PHM is looking for a new Director to lead our museum & for a Commercial Manager to deliver the commercial plan.

Deadline for both posts: 5.00pm on Wednesday 31 July

Find out more and apply at the link in bio.

#MuseumJobs #ManchesterJobs #museumdirector
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Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) were formed 40 years ago. LGSM were welcomed by the families of the mining communities that they supported, despite vilification by the media which saw LGBT communities as a danger to children and society. 

This rhetoric was mainly targeted at lesbians and gay men in the 1980s, and today we see that cycle of vilification turned towards the trans community.

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

Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) were formed 40 years ago. LGSM were welcomed by the families of the mining communities that they supported, despite vilification by the media which saw LGBT communities as a danger to children and society.

This rhetoric was mainly targeted at lesbians and gay men in the 1980s, and today we see that cycle of vilification turned towards the trans community.

#LGSM #LesbiansAndGaysSupportTheMiners #MinersStrike1984 #MinersStrike #Strikes #UKHistory #Museums
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Tomorrow is the last day to apply for Voter ID (Wednesday 26 June at 5.00pm). See our story for accepted forms of ID to vote in the General Election on 4 July. 

This poster is from the 1929 General Election, which focused on newly enfranchised women voters. One interpretation of the poster is that the woman is calling out the Conservative and Liberal Party leaders in the background for tipping their hats in an old fashioned manner rather than talking to her directly as a prospective voter, like Labour Party leader Ramsay MacDonald in the foreground (this poster was produced by the Labour Party). 

Explore objects from 20 historic general elections on PHM’s General Election trail through the galleries. Link in bio to find out more. 

#GeneralElection #UKpolitics #Museums

Tomorrow is the last day to apply for Voter ID (Wednesday 26 June at 5.00pm). See our story for accepted forms of ID to vote in the General Election on 4 July.

This poster is from the 1929 General Election, which focused on newly enfranchised women voters. One interpretation of the poster is that the woman is calling out the Conservative and Liberal Party leaders in the background for tipping their hats in an old fashioned manner rather than talking to her directly as a prospective voter, like Labour Party leader Ramsay MacDonald in the foreground (this poster was produced by the Labour Party).

Explore objects from 20 historic general elections on PHM’s General Election trail through the galleries. Link in bio to find out more.

#GeneralElection #UKpolitics #Museums
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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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