People's History Museum

The new People's History Museum
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There have always been ideas worth fighting for. Join a march through time at the People's History Museum following Britain’s struggle for democracy over two centuries. Meet the revolutionaries, reformers, workers, voters and citizens who fought our battle for the ballot. Gather amongst their magnificent banners and discover how time off was won (and spent).

Enjoy our main galleries, Changing Exhibition Gallery and Community Gallery, along with interactives and activities for visitors of all ages. Browse our shop for unique books and gifts and round off your day with a bite to eat in our cafe bar The Left Bank, complete with the sunniest riverside terrace in Manchester!

The museum is Family Friendly throughout, welcoming visitors of all ages. There's hands-on stuff in every gallery and regular activities especially for children.

The museum also offers a Learning programme for early years to adult learners, and houses the Labour History Archive & Study Centre, Textile Conservation Studio and venue hire facilities.

People's History Museum is a member of the First World War Centenary Partnership, a network of organisations committed to the delivery of the First World War Centenary Programme: a global programme of events and activities inspiring young and old to remember the impact of the First World War on people and society today.

Venue Type:

Museum, Archive, Gallery

Opening hours

Museum: every day, 10.00am - 5.00pm
Shop: every day, 10.00am - 5.00pm
Cafe: 8.00am - 5.00pm (Mon-Sat), 10.00am - 5.00pm (Sun)
Labour History Archive & Study Centre: Mon-Fri, 10.00am - 5.00pm, lunchtime closure between 12.30pm-1.30pm, visits by appointment.

Closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January.

Admission charges

Free to everyone, donations welcome

Getting there

The museum is on Left Bank, off Bridge Street in the Spinningfields area of Manchester city centre, on the bank of the River Irwell.
From motorways follow brown signs to Castlefield, then signs to Salford Central Station.

The entire collection of this museum is a Designated Collection of national importance.

The collections of the People's History Museum contain items relating to the working people of Britain, and cover ceramics, prints, posters, banners, ephemera and photographs.

The museum (registered as the National Museum of Labour History) is the national centre for the collection, conservation, interpretation and study of material relating to the history of working people in Britain.

Collection details

Trade and Commerce, Social History, Photography, Personalities, Performing Arts, Music, Industry, Fine Art, Design, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Coins and Medals, Archives

Key artists and exhibits

  • Watch the first Match of the Day, visit a 1930s Co-op shop, play your favourite vinyl on the jukebox, create your own badge and much more......
  • The new People's History Museum has more interactives throughout the galleries, both high tech and low tech so there's something for visitors of all ages.
  • Almost 1500 historic objects are on display including many items that will are on display for the first time. Some objects have been specially conserved so that they can be shown to visitors in the new galleries.
  • The redevelopment of the museum has also enabled more of our collection of trade union and political banners to be shown. A new double height gallery space now shows off these beautiful, striking banners at their best.
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
23 January - 17 April 2016, The Battle Of Barton Moss @People's History Museum

The Battle Of Barton Moss

  • 23 January — 17 April 2016 *on now

In November 2013 a group of environmental activists set up camp at Barton Moss, Salford to protest against exploratory drilling at IGas’s proposed hydraulic fracturing (fracking) well. The protest lasted until April 2014 when the company stopped drilling. Photographer Steven Speed spent three to four days a week for the duration of the protest documenting the people, the camp, the policing and the daily protest walks. This exhibition looks at the community that grew through the protests, how it was policed, the impact the protest had and the methods it used in achieving its successes.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

In order to keep our exhibitions programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation.

Website

http://www.phm.org.uk/whatson/the-battle-of-barton-moss/

6 February - 14 August 2016, Grafters - Industrial society in image and word @ People's History Museum. Burlers and Menders by C H Wood, Scotts Mill, 1948

Grafters: Industrial society in image and word

  • 6 February — 14 August 2016 *on now

Nothing compared to photography when it came to capturing the Industrial Revolution. As Britain’s society changed, techniques in photography developed, enabling workers to capture their own lives for the first time. Visitors will witness how the working classes went from objects in photos, to heroic representations of industry and finally to photographers themselves. Curated by leading documentary photographer Ian Beesley, the exhibition will highlight unseen images from important photographic collections. To accompany these scenes of industrial life, the museum has commissioned new poems from the ‘Bard of Barnsley’ Ian McMillan, giving new voice to the unknown people captured in the images.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age

Admission

In order to keep our exhibitions programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation

Website

http://www.phm.org.uk/whatson/grafters-industrial-society-in-image-and-word/

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
\11 January - 21 March 2016, WEA Course - People Make Their Own History

People Make Their Own History

  • 11 January — 21 March 2016 *on now

From the time of the Peterloo massacre of 1819, Manchester has been at the centre of many historic struggles; for democracy, votes for women, trade unions’ rights, and LGBT equality. This popular ten week course is a learning experience from Workers’ Educational Association in association with the People’s History Museum.
Booking required by contacting WEA on 0151 243 5340 or via www.nw.wea.org.uk. Please quote course ref C3838091. Please note this is a ten week course, attendees are required to book onto all ten weeks of the course.
Course runs Mon 11 January to Mon 21 March (half term break on Mon 15 February)

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£65.10 or free to those in receipt of means tested benefits

Website

http://www.phm.org.uk/whatson/people-make-their-own-history/

21 January & 25 February 2016, Flying the flag banners tour @ People's History Museum

Flying the flag: banners tour

  • 25 February 2016 1-2pm

Did you know that the People’s History Museum has the largest collection of political banners in the world? And that we are the world’s expert in conserving them? Join Curator Chris Burgess and Conservator Jenny Barsby on an informative tour of the new display of banners and find out about their history and how we look after them for future generations. Includes a peek behind the scenes in our Textile Conservation Studio.
Booking required via Eventbrite – http://flyingtheflag.eventbrite.co.uk

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
Suggested donation £3

Website

http://www.phm.org.uk/whatson/flying-the-flag-banners-tour/

5 February - 4 March 2016, WEA Course - British Photogrpahy & Industrial Society. Navvies, Manchester Ship Canal by W E Birtles

British Photography and Industrial Society

  • 5 February — 4 March 2016 *on now

This five week course looks at the history behind the photographs in the museum’s changing exhibition Grafters: Industrial society in image and word. Explore the history behind the photographs that show a rarely seen history of working people; from the navvies who built the Ship Canal to the Wigan pit brow girls, and more. This five week course is a learning experience from Workers’ Educational Association in association with the People’s History Museum.
Suitable for 19 years and over
Booking required by contacting WEA on 0151 243 5340 or via www.nw.wea.org.uk. Please quote course ref. Please quote course ref C3838042. Please note this is a five week course, attendees are required to book onto all five weeks of the course.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£40.30 or free to those in receipt of means tested benefits

Website

http://www.phm.org.uk/whatson/british-photography-and-industrial-society/

13 February 2016, Under the Rainbow @ People's History Museum.jpg

The Little People's History Museum – Under the Rainbow

  • 13 February 2016 11am-12pm *on now

Meet Matilda, a little girl who is given a magic rainbow bag. Help Matilda solve clues to get to the end of the rainbow and find what she’s looking for. Fun interactive story session with puppets, song, dance and a craft activity. Why not tweet a photo of your finished creation to us at @PHMLearn.
Booking required via Eventbrite – http://phm-undertherainbow.eventbrite.co.uk

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
Suggested donation £3

Website

http://www.phm.org.uk/whatson/the-little-phm-under-the-rainbow-10/

19 February 2016, Multi-sensory gallery tour @ People's History Museum

Multi-sensory gallery tour

  • 19 February 2016 1:15-2pm

Come and explore people’s fight for rights in this multi-sensory tour of the People’s History Museum’s main galleries. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore people’s fight for rights, through handling original objects such as trade union sashes and silk banners, tactile drawings, and listening to political speeches and protest music.
All welcome. Especially suitable for blind and partially sighted people
Booking required via Eventbrite – http://multisensorytour.eventbrite.co.uk

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
Suggested donation £3

Website

http://www.phm.org.uk/whatson/multi-sensory-gallery-tour-4/

21 January & 25 February 2016, Flying the flag banners tour @ People's History Museum

Flying the flag: banners tour

  • 25 February 2016 From 1pm

Did you know that the People’s History Museum has the largest collection of political banners in the world? And that we are the world’s expert in conserving them? Join Curator Chris Burgess and Conservator Jenny Barsby on an informative tour of the new display of banners and find out about their history and how we look after them for future generations. Includes a peek behind the scenes in our Textile Conservation Studio.
Booking required via Eventbrite – http://flyingtheflag.eventbrite.co.uk

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
Suggested donation £3

Website

http://www.phm.org.uk/whatson/flying-the-flag-banners-tour-2/

26 February 2016, Tour for the visually impaired @ People's History Museum

Tour for the visually impaired

  • 26 February — 26 March 2016

Come along on a fascinating tour of the People’s History Museum. Take your pick of our latest changing exhibition or our inspiring main galleries, telling the story of ideas worth fighting for.
Suitable for adults and young people with a visual impairment
No booking required, drop in event. Please ask at the Info Desk on arrival and a member of the team will show you round the exhibition

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
Suggested donation £3

Website

http://www.phm.org.uk/whatson/tour-for-the-visually-impaired/

27 Feburary 2016, LGBT History Festival © People's History Musuem

The National Festival of LGBT History

  • 27 February 2016 10am-5pm

Join us for the Second National Festival of LGBT History as we celebrate LGBT History Month. Our jam-packed programme includes talks, discussion, tours, theatre and music. Check back for full details. In partnership with Schools Out.
Suitable for adults and young people, some activity suitable for families
No booking required

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
Suggested donation £5

Website

http://www.phm.org.uk/whatson/the-national-festival-of-lgbt-history/

5 March 2016, Women in the First World War @ People's History Museum

Women in the First World War

  • 5 March 2016 10:30am-5pm

A one-day symposium on women’s contributions to WWI. Activities include presentations on women’s writing, journalism and visual representations of women war workers, as well as creative workshops and a performance of wartime diaries/letters. In partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University.

This event is part of Wonder Women 2016, Manchester’s annual feminist festival, running 3-13 March 2016. Visit creativetourist.com/wonderwomen.

Part of First World War Centenary Programme.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 14-15

Admission

£20 general admission/£10 students/unwaged + booking fee (includes lunch and refreshments)

Website

http://wwiwomen.eventbrite.co.uk

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Self-Guided Groups

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Self-guided group visits are a great opportunity to explore the museum yourself. These visits are free but must be pre-booked with the Learning Team. Booked groups have priority in the display areas. it may be difficult to accomodate your group if you have not booked in advance.
We strongly recommend that before bringing your group you make a preliminary visit to familiarise yourself with the displays. If you would like to talk to a member of the Learning Team please contact us in advance to make an appointment.

Languages

  • The museum displays are in English. All videos have subtitles.

Baddies - Living History Workshop

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Our Living History workshops use performance, interactive drama activities and gallery exploration to bring learning to life.
This Living History session looks at life during World War I through the eyes of two brothers, Dougie and Arthur - one is a soldier, the other conscientious objector.

Creator

  • Written by Cathy Crabb

Languages

  • English.

How to obtain

Booking is essential; for further information on booking a session and prices, please see the Learning pages on our website or contact learning@phm.org.uk

Build A Banner - pARTticipate Workshop

http://www.phm.org.uk

Our pARTicipate sessions include a range of art focused workshops informed by the museum's unique collections.
Find out about the history and symbolism of our unique collection of historic banners and work with an artist to create your own banner on a theme of your choice in this co-operative full day workshop.

How to obtain

Booking is essential; for further information on booking a session and prices, please see the Learning pages on our website or contact learning@phm.org.uk

City Centre Trail

http://www.phm.org.uk

Explore Manchester's hidden history on this half day guided walk. Discover the buildings, streets and monuments that tell the story of the world's first industrial city.

How to obtain

Booking is essential; for further information on booking a session and prices, please see the Learning pages on our website or contact learning@phm.org.uk

Drawing on Manchester - pARTicipate Workshop

http://www.phm.org.uk

Our pARTicipate sessions include a range of art focused workshops informed by the museum's unique collections.
Explore the old and new buildings of Manchester with an artist. Experiment with different drawing materials around the city, then create a large scale version of your drawings back at the museum in this full day workshop.

How to obtain

Booking is essential; for further information on booking a session and prices, please see the Learning pages on our website or contact learning@phm.org.uk

Guided Gallery Tours

http://www.phm.org.uk

Guided tours of the main galleries and changing exhibitions are available to book.

How to obtain

Booking is essential; for further information on booking a session and prices, please see the Learning pages on our website or contact learning@phm.org.uk

Make Your Mark! - pARTicipate Workshop

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Our pARTicipate sessions include a range of art focused workshops informed by the museum's unique collections.
Explore the signs, symbols and colours in our unique banner collection. Investigate different printing materials and techniques, then create your own printed pieces to take back to school in this half-day workshop.

How to obtain

Booking is essential; for further information on booking a session and prices, please see the Learning pages on our website or contact learning@phm.org.uk

Moving Stories - Living History Workshop

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Our Living History workshops use performance, interactive drama activities and gallery exploration to bring learning to life.
Meet Anita Sharma at school in Manchester in the 1960s as she describes her summer holiday to Bombay with her parents who were born there. Follow her journey to adulthood as she explores her identity.

How to obtain

Booking is essential; for further information on booking a session and prices, please see the Learning pages on our website or contact learning@phm.org.uk

Museum of Me - pARTicipate Workshop

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Our pARTicipate sessions include a range of art focused workshops informed by the museum's unique collections.
What do museums collect and why? Why do we place importance on certain objects? What would you put in your museum? Explore the museum collections with an artist and create a Museum of Me display. Half day workshop.

How to obtain

Booking is essential; for further information on booking a session and prices, please see the Learning pages on our website or contact learning@phm.org.uk

No Bed of Roses - From the Carribbean to Manchester - Living History Workshop

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Our Living History workshops use performance, interactive drama activities and gallery exploration to bring learning to life.
Pupils meet Gabrielle and help with her life changing decision to move from the Caribbean to Manchester in the 1950s. This session is based on the oral histories gathered from three Manchester women who migrated from the Caribbean to England and took part in an award-winning local history project in Hulme, Manchester.

Creator

  • Written by Peoplescape Theatre

How to obtain

Booking is essential; for further information on booking a session and prices, please see the Learning pages on our website or contact learning@phm.org.uk

Pauly's War - Growing Up & the Manchester Blitz - Living History workshop

http://www.phm.org.uk

Our Living History workshops use performance, interactive drama activities and gallery exploration to bring learning to life.
Pupils meet Pauly, a young girl growing up in Manchester during World War II. This Living History session features innovative interplay between archive film, specially commissioned animation and performance.

Creator

  • Written by Peoplescape Theatre

How to obtain

Booking is essential; for further information on booking a session and prices, please see the Learning pages on our website or contact learning@phm.org.uk

Print Power - pARTicipate Workshop

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Our pARTicipate sessions include a range of art focused workshops informed by the museum's unique collections.
Explore our unique collection of banners and learn about signs and symbols. Experiment with screen-printing and mixed materials to create a finished piece to take back to school. This session is available as a half-day or full day workshop.

How to obtain

Booking is essential; for further information on booking a session and prices, please see the Learning pages on our website or contact learning@phm.org.uk

Read All About It! - Papers, Protest & Peterloo - Living History Workshop

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Our Living History workshops use performance, interactive drama activities and gallery exploration to bring learning to life.
Meet James Bronterre O'Brien, editor of Victorian newspaper the Poor Man's Guardian. Accompany Bronterre on a march to Peterloo, interview child mill worker John Oats and use drama and role play techniques to uncover the stories of the day.

Creator

  • Written by Peoplescape Theatre

How to obtain

Booking is essential; for further information on booking a session and prices, please see the Learning pages on our website or contact learning@phm.org.uk

Slavery & Suffrage - William Cuffay's Story - Living History Workshop

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Our Living History workshops use performance, interactive drama activities and gallery exploration to bring learning to life.
This session explores the horrors of the slave trade and how it fuelled the Industrial Revolution. Meet William Cuffay, son of a freed slave, who became a Chartist leader and campaigned for the right to vote.

Creator

  • Written by Cathy Crabb

How to obtain

Booking is essential; for further information on booking a session and prices, please see the Learning pages on our website or contact learning@phm.org.uk

Strike a Light! - A Matchgirl's Story - Living History Workshop

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Our Living History workshops use performance, interactive drama activities and gallery exploration to bring learning to life.
Meet Maggie McCallow, a Victorian matchgirl involved in the matchgirls' strike of 1888. Learn about the shocking conditions the matchgirls experienced and how the strike gained them better conditions and the right to join a union.

Creator

  • Written by Peoplescape Theatre

How to obtain

Booking is essential; for further information on booking a session and prices, please see the Learning pages on our website or contact learning@phm.org.uk

The Art of Protest - pARTicipate Workshop

http://www.phm.org.uk

Our pARTicipate sessions include a range of art focused workshops informed by the museum's unique collections.
This session looks at historical images of protest and objects from our collections as well as contemporary protest art. The session also explores issues, impact and media to help students design their own protest art and culminates in a march through the museum. Full day workshop.

How to obtain

Booking is essential; for further information on booking a session and prices, please see the Learning pages on our website or contact learning@phm.org.uk

The Hard Way Up - A Suffragette's Story - Living History Workshop

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Our Living History workshops use performance, interactive drama activities and gallery exploration to bring learning to life. This Living History session is based on the story of suffragette and local councillor Hannah Mitchell, who spoke out for women and for the poor and became a peace campaigner after World War I.

Creator

  • Written by Eileen Murphy

How to obtain

Booking is essential; for further information on booking a session and prices, please see the Learning pages on our website or contact learning@phm.org.uk

The Little People's History Museum - Beeing Special

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Part of The Little People's History Museum - a new programme of multi-sensory story sessions developed for early years visitors.
Meet Little Bee, the bee who wants to be different. Join in the bee dance, search for flowers in the museum and follow Little Bee's adventure to find out how he becomes the hero of Victorian Manchester.

Creator

  • Developed with Peoplescape Theatre

How to obtain

Booking is essential; for further information on booking a session and prices, please see the Learning pages on our website or contact learning@phm.org.uk

The Little People's History Museum - Mr Ordinary's Prize

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Part of The Little People's History Museum - a new programme of multi-sensory story sessions developed for early years visitors.
Someone has stolen Mr Ordinary's Thinking and Doing! What will he do without them? Join in the adventure as Mr Ordinary and his friends try to get them back.

Creator

  • Developed with Peoplescape Theatre

How to obtain

Booking is essential; for further information on booking a session and prices, please see the Learning pages on our website or contact learning@phm.org.uk

The Little People's History Museum - Under the Rainbow

http://www.phm.org.uk

Part of the Little People's History Museum - a new programme of multi-sensory story sessions developed for our early years visitors.
Meet Matilda, a little girl who is given a magic rainbow bag. Help Matilda to solve clues to get to the end of the rainbow and find what she's looking for....

Creator

  • Developed with Peoplescape Theatre

How to obtain

Booking is essential; for further information on booking a session and prices, please see the Learning pages on our website or contact learning@phm.org.uk

Woody the Time Travelling Shopper - Living History Workshop

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Our Living History workshops use performance, interactive drama activities and gallery exploration to bring learning to life.
Meet Woody, a time traveller from a planet just past the jelly moon of Phebar Three. Help her to build a time machine so she can go on a mission about shopping. Go back to 1936 and meet Dotty who works in the Co-op shop. Pupils then travel further back to the 1840s to meet Dotty's grandmother and discover her secret.

Creator

  • Written by Peoplescape Theatre

How to obtain

Booking is essential; for further information on booking a session and prices, please see the Learning pages on our website or contact learning@phm.org.uk

Getting there

The museum is on Left Bank, off Bridge Street in the Spinningfields area of Manchester city centre, on the bank of the River Irwell.
From motorways follow brown signs to Castlefield, then signs to Salford Central Station.

People's History Museum
Left Bank
Spinningfields
Manchester
Greater Manchester
M3 3ER
England

Website

People's History Museum

www.phm.org.uk

E-mail

People's History Museum

info@phm.org.uk

Telephone

People's History Museum

0161 838 9190

Fax

People's History Museum

0161 838 9190

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