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Lift closure

The museum’s main lift will be closed for necessary maintenance from Tues 28 May to Mon 3 June 2024, affecting lift access to Gallery Two.

Our smaller lift allows access to Gallery One.

Find out more about access at PHM

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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.

Lift closure: Tues 28 May to Mon 3 June 2024

The museum’s main lift will be closed for necessary maintenance, affecting lift access to Gallery Two.

Our smaller lift allows access to Gallery One.

Find out more about access at PHM

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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

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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.

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This banner is now 40 years old! It was created by Mark Ashton, founder of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) around 1984 ✊ 

LGSM recognized the shared struggles of the National Union of Mineworkers and the LGBTQIA+ community against government and media attacks. 

Discover their powerful story in our latest blog by PHM’s Collection Assistant Jaime Starr. Dive deeper—link in bio 🔗 

Image: Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners banner, around 1984. NMLH.1992.128.1. Image courtesy of People's History Museum.

#LGSM #LGBTHistory #MinersStrike #SolidarityForever

This banner is now 40 years old! It was created by Mark Ashton, founder of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) around 1984 ✊

LGSM recognized the shared struggles of the National Union of Mineworkers and the LGBTQIA+ community against government and media attacks.

Discover their powerful story in our latest blog by PHM’s Collection Assistant Jaime Starr. Dive deeper—link in bio 🔗

Image: Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners banner, around 1984. NMLH.1992.128.1. Image courtesy of People`s History Museum.

#LGSM #LGBTHistory #MinersStrike #SolidarityForever
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Save the date: Join PHM on Saturday 6 July to celebrate 40 years of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM)! ️‍🏳️‍🌈 ✨ 

🧳  Explore pride in action with the LGSM suitcase exhibition, a mobile gallery capturing the essence of 1980s LGBTQ+ activism. 

💬  Join us for a Q&A with LGSM member Jonathan Blake and former MP Sian James, delving into the legacy of solidarity and community. 

📜  Dive into the past at PHM’s archive, where you'll uncover treasures like the minutes from LGSM's inaugural meeting. 

Solidarity Forever: 40 Years of LGSM, Saturday 6 July, 11.00am to 4.30pm, People’s History Museum, Manchester. Book tickets at the link in our bio. 

Image: LGSM suitcase, 1985, NMLH. 2002.6. Image courtesy of People's History Museum. 

#LesbiansandGaysSupporttheMiners #LGSM #LGBTHistory #WhatsOnManchester #VisitManchester

Save the date: Join PHM on Saturday 6 July to celebrate 40 years of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM)! ️‍🏳️‍🌈 ✨

🧳 Explore pride in action with the LGSM suitcase exhibition, a mobile gallery capturing the essence of 1980s LGBTQ+ activism.

💬 Join us for a Q&A with LGSM member Jonathan Blake and former MP Sian James, delving into the legacy of solidarity and community.

📜 Dive into the past at PHM’s archive, where you`ll uncover treasures like the minutes from LGSM`s inaugural meeting.

Solidarity Forever: 40 Years of LGSM, Saturday 6 July, 11.00am to 4.30pm, People’s History Museum, Manchester. Book tickets at the link in our bio.

Image: LGSM suitcase, 1985, NMLH. 2002.6. Image courtesy of People`s History Museum.

#LesbiansandGaysSupporttheMiners #LGSM #LGBTHistory #WhatsOnManchester #VisitManchester
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Who enjoyed a sunny weekend? (Before that storm hit Manchester). The return of lush greenery and sunny skies across the UK channels the foliage on this NALGO banner from ‘78! 🌳☀️ #Spring 

Image: National Association of Local Government Officers (NALGO), Nottinghamshire County Branch banner, around 1978. On display in PHM’s 2024 Banner Exhibition.

Who enjoyed a sunny weekend? (Before that storm hit Manchester). The return of lush greenery and sunny skies across the UK channels the foliage on this NALGO banner from ‘78! 🌳☀️ #Spring

Image: National Association of Local Government Officers (NALGO), Nottinghamshire County Branch banner, around 1978. On display in PHM’s 2024 Banner Exhibition.
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The Jewish transgender couple who fell in love and escaped the Nazis. An article by PHM's Collection Assistant Jaime for @wearequeeraf_ this #TransHistoryWeek. Link in bio to read.

Illustration by Nikolas Wereszczyński. Image courtesy of QueerAF.

The Jewish transgender couple who fell in love and escaped the Nazis. An article by PHM`s Collection Assistant Jaime for @wearequeeraf_ this #TransHistoryWeek. Link in bio to read.

Illustration by Nikolas Wereszczyński. Image courtesy of QueerAF.
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Remembering the 1981 People’s March for Jobs 🚶‍♂️✊ From Liverpool to London, this historic march protested the devastating impact of Thatcher’s policies which left an unprecedented 2.5 million unemployed. Organised by working class activists and supported by trade unions, the People’s March for Jobs was a 30 day procession in demand of work. It sparked solidarity and media attention. 

To find out more about the People’s March for Jobs, read PHM’s latest guest blog by Dr Greig Campbell at the link in our bio and check out the So We Marched exhibition at @LiverpoolCentralLibrary.

Image: People's March for Jobs t-shirt, 1981. Image courtesy of People's History Museum. NMLH.1992.136.1

 #PeoplesMarchForJobs #WorkersRights

Remembering the 1981 People’s March for Jobs 🚶‍♂️✊ From Liverpool to London, this historic march protested the devastating impact of Thatcher’s policies which left an unprecedented 2.5 million unemployed. Organised by working class activists and supported by trade unions, the People’s March for Jobs was a 30 day procession in demand of work. It sparked solidarity and media attention.

To find out more about the People’s March for Jobs, read PHM’s latest guest blog by Dr Greig Campbell at the link in our bio and check out the So We Marched exhibition at @LiverpoolCentralLibrary.

Image: People`s March for Jobs t-shirt, 1981. Image courtesy of People`s History Museum. NMLH.1992.136.1

#PeoplesMarchForJobs #WorkersRights
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Climate justice protests often include banners held high. This one was made for @xrebellionuk’s April Uprising in 2019 when a crowd of thousands blockaded Westminster in demand of #climateaction. It has since marched in Manchester, Hebden Bridge and Halifax. 

Fire & Flood in the Pennines, 2019, is on display in People’s History Museum’s 2024 Banner Exhibition, on loan from Calderdale Extinction Rebellion. 

#ExtinctionRebellion #ClimateJustice #ClimateProtest

@xrmanchester @xrcalderdale @xrtrafford @xrdidsbury

Climate justice protests often include banners held high. This one was made for @xrebellionuk’s April Uprising in 2019 when a crowd of thousands blockaded Westminster in demand of #climateaction. It has since marched in Manchester, Hebden Bridge and Halifax.

Fire & Flood in the Pennines, 2019, is on display in People’s History Museum’s 2024 Banner Exhibition, on loan from Calderdale Extinction Rebellion.

#ExtinctionRebellion #ClimateJustice #ClimateProtest

@xrmanchester @xrcalderdale @xrtrafford @xrdidsbury
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