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.
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/

Woodcraft Folk

Woodcraft Folk

  • 23 April — 29 May 2016 *on now

Woodcraft Folk’s 90th anniversary photographic exhibition tells of its early beginnings, its association with the co-operative movement, and its founding principles, fundamental to the children and young people’s organisation. Co-operation, Span the world with friendship, and Education for Social Change are central themes explaining both the Folk’s ethos and activities.

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/woodcraft-folk/

Hidden Voices from Empire and War: Perspectives of colonised people during World War I

Hidden Voices from Empire and War: Perspectives of colonised people during World War I

  • 7 May — 17 July 2016

When we think about World War I, what comes to mind? Trenches, poppies, war poets, millions of lives lost or wounded on the bloody battles of the Western Front. This exhibition attempts to shed some light on the untold and unfamiliar facts and the stories of colonised people of the time – that are an integral and important part of hidden history. In 2015, Southern Voices, a Manchester based community group, received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop this exhibition exploring the role and experiences of colonised peoples of the British West Indies, Nigeria, India and German and British East Africa during World War I.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

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

Website

http://www.phm.org.uk/whatson/hidden-voices-from-empire-and-war/

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.
12 May 2016, Manchester After Hours - Sound from the Stores @ People's History Museum

Sound from the Stores

  • 12 May 2016 6-8pm

Instigate Arts presents Sound from the Stores; a beautiful one-night-only event that will see the Engine Hall of the People’s History Museum transformed into a sensory den of sound and light. Audiences are welcomed to this special performance by some of Manchester’s most unique sound artists who've created newly commissioned pieces in response to the wealth of archive material and objects in the museum’s collection. Part of Manchester After Hours and Museums at Night.

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/manchester-after-hours-sound-from-the-stores/

The Fabric of Protest

The Fabric of Protest

  • 13 May 2016 1:30-3:30pm

Come along to this monthly creative workshop and create your own piece of protest art that reflects the issues that are important to you. Using a range of protest materials, including ribbons, rosettes, patches, flags and badges, artist Helen Mather will ask participants to contribute to an art piece using their slogan for change. Participants will produce individual pieces that will combine to create a collaborative installation that will be displayed in the museum. Participants can attend an individual workshop or join us on a regular basis to shape how the installation develops.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Booking required via Eventbrite – http://thefabricofprotestmay.eventbrite.co.uk
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-fabric-of-protest-2/

Grafters: Industrial society in image and word changing exhibition tour

Grafters: Industrial society in image and word changing exhibition tour

  • 16 May 2016 5-5:45pm

Ahead of the evening’s First Draft Cabaret join curator Ian Beesley on an exciting tour of our changing exhibition Grafters. Discover previously unseen photos of industrial workers.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Booking required via Eventbrite – http://grafterstour2.eventbrite.co.uk
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
Suggested donation £3

Website

http://www.phm.org.uk/whatson/grafters-exhibition-tour/

Perspectives: First Draft Cabaret at People’s History Museum

Perspectives: First Draft Cabaret at People’s History Museum

  • 16 May 2016 6-8pm

Join First Draft Cabaret as they explore our Grafters exhibition through brand new, entertaining performances inspired directly by the photographs on show. Bringing the exhibition to life will be some of our favourite storytellers, poets, comedians and musicians. Come along and enjoy something new.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Booking required via Eventbrite – http://firstdraftphm.eventbrite.co.uk
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
Suggested donation £5

Website

http://www.phm.org.uk/whatson/perspectives-first-draft-cabaret-at-phm%e2%80%a8/

The Little People’s History Museum – Under the Rainbow

The Little People’s History Museum – Under the Rainbow

  • 17 May 2016 11am-12pm

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.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • Family friendly

Admission

Booking required via Eventbrite – http://undertherainbowlphm.eventbrite.co.uk
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-11/

Have Your Say!

Have Your Say!

  • 27 May 2016 1-3pm

Come along to this monthly discussion and join the conversation. Mark Krantz will facilitate a discussion on the political talking point of that month, with a presentation outlining the different views and arguments, whilst PHM staff will draw links from topics discussed to material in the museum’s collection. Topics for discussion will be decided in advance of each session, and participants will have input into the subject matter and themes to be explored.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Booking required via Eventbrite – http://haveyoursaymay.eventbrite.co.uk
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
Suggested donation £3

Website

http://www.phm.org.uk/whatson/have-your-say-2/

Industrial landscape craft table

Industrial landscape craft table

  • 28 May — 5 June 2016

Be inspired by the photographs in our Grafters exhibition to create your own industrial landscape with collage! Will yours be the city you live in, or will you create a new city with all your favourite kinds of places in it? Why not tweet a photo of your picture to @PHMLearn.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

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/industrial-landscape-craft-table/

Crafters: Strike a Pose!

Crafters: Strike a Pose!

  • 1 June 2016 1-3pm

Use art and drama to recreate the images in our Grafters exhibition, with artist Pui Lee. Illustrate your dream job and see it projected on to the walls of the exhibition! Why not tweet a photo of your creation to us @PHMLearn.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 14-15
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Booking required via Eventbrite – http://strike-a-pose.eventbrite.co.uk
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
Suggested donation £3

Website

http://www.phm.org.uk/whatson/crafters-strike-a-pose/

Talkin' 'bout that representation

Talkin' 'bout that representation

  • 3 June 2016 2-4pm

As part of our Voting for Change project we want to bring together the youth of the 1960s and today’s young people to discuss all matters relating to the right to vote and youth culture. Come and have your say on the lowering of the voting age to 18 in 1969, and today’s campaign for votes for 16 and 17 year olds. Bring along your stories, memories and views you have about either campaign! Part of Manchester Histories Festival 2016.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Where

Working Class Movement Library
51 The Crescent
Salford
M5 4WX

Admission

Booking required via Eventbrite – https://representation.eventbrite.co.uk
Please note that this event is held at the Working Class Movement Library, 51 The Crescent, Salford M5 4WX

Website

http://www.phm.org.uk/whatson/talkin-bout-that-representation/

Manchester District Music Archive presents: Activist / Archivist. A Show & Tell event

Manchester District Music Archive presents: Activist / Archivist. A Show & Tell event

  • 4 June 2016 12-5pm

Passionate about Manchester music? Interested in hidden histories? Come to this event and hear fascinating stories from Manchester music's movers and shakers, told through a series of rarely seen artefacts and materials. Bring along prized items from your own collection and learn how to archive your music heritage online. Part of Manchester Histories Festival 2016.

12.00pm – 5.00pm (12.00pm – 2.00pm: Scanning Room / 3.00pm – 5.00pm: Show and Tell)

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • 7-10

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/manchester-district-music-archive-presents-activist-archivist-a-show-tell-event/

The Battle for the Ballot – the people's fight for the right to vote

The Battle for the Ballot – the people's fight for the right to vote

  • 4 June 2016 2-3pm

Singer-songwriter Quiet Loner tells the story of how working people came to have a vote. Using original songs alongside images and objects from the museum’s collections, this event crosses the centuries to show how the right to vote was won. Part of Manchester Histories Festival 2016.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Booking required via Eventbrite – http://battlefortheballot.eventbrite.co.uk
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-battle-for-the-ballot-the-peoples-fight-for-the-right-to-vote/

The big big camera on tour

The big big camera on tour

  • 7 June 2016 10am-3pm

Come and see one of the largest cameras ever made! The Hunter Penrose camera from Gallery Oldham is over six feet long and four feet high. Photographer Ian Beesley will demonstrate the physical demands of early photography and discuss the validity of analogue photography in the digital age. This project is supported by Gallery Oldham and Arts Council England. Part of our Grafters events programme.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

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-big-big-camera-on-tour/

Dear Friend: Backwards and in Heels – Women and Politics

Dear Friend: Backwards and in Heels – Women and Politics

  • 9 June 2016 4:30-6pm

Politics has generally been a male domain, but women have been involved in the political process for a long time. Some were Queen Regnant, such as Elizabeth I, some campaigned for universal suffrage alongside men, such as Mary Fildes, and some even ran for office, such as Constance Markievicz, Nancy Astor, or Margaret Ashton. Many women have also been involved in the ongoing struggle for labour rights, equal pay, equal representation, and equal opportunities for all. Come by the stall, take part in Dear Friend and write a letter to an inspirational woman. Part of Manchester Histories Festival 2016.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • 5-6

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/dear-friend-backwards-and-in-heels/

British Communism and Commitment day school

British Communism and Commitment day school

  • 9 June 2016 10am-4pm

Bringing together academics from a wide range of disciplines and former party activists, this day school analyses the complexities of commitment in the Communist Party of Great Britain over its 70 year history (1920-1991).

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

To register your interest in this event, please email events@phm.org.uk
Cost to be confirmed

Website

http://www.phm.org.uk/whatson/british-communism-and-commitment-day-school/

Radicals Assemble! After hours at the PHM

Radicals Assemble! After hours at the PHM

  • 9 June 2016 5-8pm

Ideas worth fighting for have often been debated under the cover of darkness, in secret and away from prying eyes. On the second Thursday of the month, we invite you to join the radicals at the PHM for a series of special after hours events. We’ll be showcasing radical heroes, debating current events and hosting exciting and quirky happenings. Our galleries will be open all evening for you to explore. This first Radicals Assemble! event includes talks, performances, and an audience with the inspirational activist Betty Tebbs. Get in touch if you’d like to hold a (not-so) secret meeting, arrange a tour or Learning session for your group, or if you have any ideas for bringing the museum to life. Part of Manchester Histories Festival 2016.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

No booking required. Some events may be ticketed
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
Suggested donation £3

Website

http://www.phm.org.uk/whatson/radicals-assemble/

Manchester Soldier, Manchester Historian: Exploring the Life and Legacy of Mark Hovell

Manchester Soldier, Manchester Historian: Exploring the Life and Legacy of Mark Hovell

  • 9 June 2016 3-5pm

Mark Hovell died in the trenches in 1916 aged only 28. He was a historian who left behind a manuscript that, when published, transformed our understanding of key moments in Britain’s political history. This event will explore the life, work and legacy of this forgotten Manchester born scholar and soldier. Part of Manchester Histories Festival 2016. Part of the First World War Centenary Programme.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Booking required via Eventbrite – http://markhovell.eventbrite.co.uk
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
Suggested donation £3

Website

http://www.phm.org.uk/whatson/manchester-soldier-manchester-historian/

Radical Hero: An audience with Betty Tebbs

Radical Hero: An audience with Betty Tebbs

  • 9 June 2016 6-8pm

Living legend Betty Tebbs is the embodiment of a radical hero. A lifelong activist, Betty has worked tirelessly for women’s rights, workers’ rights and the campaign for peace. In the early 1950s she successfully led women in the first ever strike for equal pay in the East Lancs Paper Mill in Bury. She spent 17 years there creating a strong trade union that fought for equal rights across the board. She has been involved in international peace negotiations, she was the President of the National Assembly for Women, and she has been banned from America. When she was 89 she was arrested for her anti-Trident protests and continues to campaign well into her nineties. Join Betty and a special guest presenter and explore her extraordinary life. Part of Manchester Histories Festival 2016.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Booking required via Eventbrite – http://bettytebbs.eventbrite.co.uk
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
Suggested donation £5

Website

http://www.phm.org.uk/whatson/radical-hero-an-audience-with-betty-tebbs/

Aspects of Ageing

Aspects of Ageing

  • 9 June 2016 5-6pm

Ada and Margaret are struggling to come to terms with life as land army girls, and when Margaret falls in love with a German prisoner of war her life becomes even more complicated. As Margaret settles into married life and motherhood, events take an unexpected turn... Performance by Wythenshawe Good Neighbours. Part of Manchester Histories Festival 2016.

Suitable for adults and young people over 15. Some mentions of violence and abusive behaviour

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Booking required via Eventbrite – http://aspectsofageing.eventbrite.co.uk
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
Suggested donation £3

Website

http://www.phm.org.uk/whatson/aspects-of-ageing/

We are Suffragists

We are Suffragists

  • 9 — 10 June 2016 11am-4pm

Young people from East Lancashire have been working on a Heritage Lottery Funded project called 'we are suffragist'. Having researched stories of local suffragists using libraries and the People's History Museum, the group have produced a video installation uncovering stories of suffragists in Lancashire. The work hopes to bring to life new stories of pioneering women at the turn of the century. The film installation lasts for 30 minutes and there are free information packs to take away. Part of Manchester Histories Festival 2016.

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/we-are-suffragists/

The Little People’s History Museum – Beeing Special

The Little People’s History Museum – Beeing Special

  • 11 June 2016 11am-12pm

Meet Little Bee, the bee who wants to be different. Join in the busy 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. Fun interactive story session with puppets, song, dance and a craft activity. Why not tweet a photo of your creation to us @PHMLearn. Part of Children’s Art Week.
Family Friendly activity, suitable for under 5s and their grown ups

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6

Admission

Booking required via Eventbrite – http://beeingspecial-lphm.eventbrite.co.uk
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
Suggested donation £3

A Very Capitalist Condition: A History and Politics of Disability

A Very Capitalist Condition: A History and Politics of Disability

  • 11 June 2016 2-3:30pm

What does the term ‘disability’ mean today? For many it is a highly negative label that they do not accept. In recent years, it has become associated with unemployment and dependence on benefits. But how were people we now call disabled treated in earlier societies? Join Roddy Slorach as he discusses his new book examining the origins and development of disability.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Booking required via Eventbrite – http://capitalistdisability.eventbrite.co.uk
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
Suggested donation £3

Website

http://www.phm.org.uk/whatson/a-very-capitalist-condition-a-history-and-politics-of-disability/

Is That Me in the Picture?

Is That Me in the Picture?

  • 14 June 2016 1-3pm

A poetry workshop led by Ian McMillan based around the photographs in our Grafters exhibition; we'll gaze, we'll talk, we'll think and we'll make poems. Beginners are very welcome!

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Booking required via Eventbrite – http://isthatmeinthepicture.eventbrite.co.uk
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
Suggested donation £5

Website

http://www.phm.org.uk/whatson/is-that-me-in-the-picture/

The Fabric of Protest

The Fabric of Protest

  • 18 June 2016 1:30-3:30pm

Come along to this monthly creative workshop and create your own piece of protest art that reflects the issues that are important to you. Using a range of protest materials, including ribbons, rosettes, patches, flags and badges, artist Helen Mather will ask participants to contribute to an art piece using their slogan for change. Participants will produce individual pieces that will combine to create a collaborative installation that will be displayed in the museum. Participants can attend an individual workshop or join us on a regular basis to shape how the installation develops.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

Booking required via Eventbrite – http://thefabricofprotestsworkshops.eventbrite.co.uk
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-fabric-of-protest-3/

Open studio with Songwriter in Residence

Open studio with Songwriter in Residence

  • 18 June 2016 1-3pm

If you had to write a song inspired by our collection, what would you write about? Our Songwriter in Residence, Matt Hill (Quiet Loner) is finding inspiration from the stories in the museum. Come along to find out what's inspired him, how he works and hear some work in progress.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

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

Website

http://www.phm.org.uk/whatson/open-studio-with-songwriter-in-residence/

Voices of the Makers

Voices of the Makers

  • 22 June 2016 2-3:30pm

Members of Bank Street Writers, Bolton, have been involved with our Grafters exhibition from the outset; producing creative responses that are included in the exhibition. They have now produced new writing inspired by the images in this show and will be sharing it for the first time in this performance.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

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

Website

http://www.phm.org.uk/whatson/voices-of-the-makers/

Have Your Say!

Have Your Say!

  • 24 June 2016 1-3pm

Come along to this monthly discussion and join the conversation. Mark Krantz will facilitate a discussion on the political talking point of that month, whilst PHM staff will draw links from topics discussed to the museum’s collection. This month's discussion will look at the question: 'What next after the EU referendum results have been announced?'

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Booking required via Eventrbite – http://haveyoursayjune.eventbrite.co.uk
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
Suggested donation £3

Website

http://www.phm.org.uk/whatson/have-your-say-3/

Labour Pains: Intra-Party Tensions and Divisions, from Cole to Corbyn

Labour Pains: Intra-Party Tensions and Divisions, from Cole to Corbyn

  • 27 June — 31 July 2016

The University of Sheffield is hosting a conference at the People’s History Museum on Thursday 30 June that will examine past and present tensions within the Labour Party. The day will explore inter war debates around whether the party should sell socialism or create socialists, the rise of militancy in the 1980s and current disputes over the direction of the party. Accompanying the conference will be a display in Main Gallery Two of the museum, which will include items from PHM’s collection relating to this history.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17
  • 7-10

Admission

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

Website

http://www.phm.org.uk/whatson/labour-pains/

Labour Pains conference: Intra-Party Tensions and Divisions, from Cole to Corbyn

Labour Pains conference: Intra-Party Tensions and Divisions, from Cole to Corbyn

  • 30 June 2016 10am-5pm

The University of Sheffield is hosting a conference at the People’s History Museum that will examine past and present tensions within the Labour Party. The day will explore inter war debates around whether the party should sell socialism or create socialists, the rise of militancy in the 1980s and current disputes over the direction of the party. Accompanying the conference will be a display in Main Gallery Two of the museum, which will include items from PHM’s collection relating to this history.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

If you are interested in attending the conference, or would like to propose a paper please contact Dr Thomas Dowling: thomas.dowling@sheffield.ac.uk

Website

http://www.phm.org.uk/whatson/labour-pains-conference/

Harp and a Monkey perform: The Great War – New Songs and Stories

Harp and a Monkey perform: The Great War – New Songs and Stories

  • 10 July 2016 2-3:30pm

To mark the ongoing centenary of World War I, the Mancunian folk-storytelling trio Harp and a Monkey perform an acclaimed show about the conflict. Expect far more than ‘mud, blood and trenches’ as stereotypical narratives are challenged. The show is touring nationally with the support of Arts Council England and the Western Front Association. Part of the First World War Centenary Programme. Supported by UCLan and Everyday Lives in War – the University of Hertfordshire First World War Engagement Centre funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Booking required via Eventbrite – http://harpandamonkey.eventbrite.co.uk
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation. Suggested donation £5

Website

http://www.phm.org.uk/whatson/harp-and-a-monkey-perform-the-great-war-new-songs-and-stories/

The Little People’s History Museum – Mr Ordinary's Prize

The Little People’s History Museum – Mr Ordinary's Prize

  • 12 July 2016 11am-12pm

Discover our story of Manchester's Coat of Arms. 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. Fun interactive story session with puppets, song, dance and a craft activity. Why not tweet a photo of your creation to us @PHMLearn.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

Booking required via Eventbrite – http://mrordinary.eventbrite.co.uk
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-peoples-history-museum-mr-ordinarys-prize-3/

Grafters: chapbook launch

Grafters: chapbook launch

  • 14 July 2016 6-8pm

Launch of a limited edition chapbook which contains some of the images and poems from the exhibition Grafters. The chapbook will also include a selection of images and poems created by photographer Ian Beesley and poet Ian McMillan from some of their other industrial projects; including work from their time as artists in residence at Tetley’s brewery, Hayroyd’s Colliery and Outokumpu steel works.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 11-13
  • 16-17

Admission

Booking required via Eventbrite – http://grafterschapbook.eventbrite.co.uk
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
Suggested donation £3

Website

http://www.phm.org.uk/whatson/grafters-chapbook-launch/

Radicals Assemble! After hours at the PHM

Radicals Assemble! After hours at the PHM

  • 14 July 2016 5-8pm

Ideas worth fighting for have often been debated under the cover of darkness, in secret and away from prying eyes. On the second Thursday of the month, we invite you to join the radicals at the PHM for a series of special after hours events. We’ll be showcasing radical heroes, debating current events and hosting exciting and quirky happenings. Our galleries will be open all evening for you to explore. Get in touch if you’d like to hold a (not-so) secret meeting, arrange a tour or Learning session for your group, or if you have any ideas for bringing the museum to life.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17
  • 11-13

Admission

No booking required. Some events may be ticketed
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
Suggested donation £3

Website

http://www.phm.org.uk/whatson/radicals-assemble-2/

Thaumatropes craft table

Thaumatropes craft table

  • 14 July — 31 August 2016

Explore our main galleries and find out what life was like for people over the past 200 years. Create this Victorian toy with a theme of your choice! A thaumatrope has a picture on each side, with both merging into one when quickly twirled using a piece of string. Why not tweet a photo of your thaumatrope to us @PHMLearn.

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/thaumatropes-craft-table/

The Fabric of Protest

The Fabric of Protest

  • 15 July 2016 1:30-3:30pm

Come along to this monthly creative workshop and create your own piece of protest art that reflects the issues that are important to you. Using a range of protest materials, including ribbons, rosettes, patches, flags and badges, artist Helen Mather will ask participants to contribute to an art piece using their slogan for change. Participants will produce individual pieces that will combine to create a collaborative installation that will be displayed in the museum. Participants can attend an individual workshop or join us on a regular basis to shape how the installation develops.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 18+
  • 14-15
  • 16-17

Admission

Booking required via Eventbrite – http://thefabricofprotestsworkshops.eventbrite.co.uk
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-fabric-of-protest-4/

Open studio with Songwriter in Residence

Open studio with Songwriter in Residence

  • 23 July 2016 1-3pm

If you had to write a song inspired by our collection, what would you write about? Our Songwriter in Residence, Matt Hill (Quiet Loner) is finding inspiration from the stories in the museum. Come along to find out what's inspired him, how he works and hear some work in progress.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

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

Website

http://www.phm.org.uk/whatson/open-studio-with-songwriter-in-residence-2/

The Cake Map of Manchester

The Cake Map of Manchester

  • 23 July 2016 12-4pm

Come and celebrate the launch of the Loitering With Intent exhibition with a project that combines three of our favourite things – Manchester, DIY maps and cake. The LRM (Loiterers Resistance Movement) create the city of our dreams with every step; we invite you to help create a map where you can truly shape development. The Cake Map of Manchester is built in collaboration with The Cake Liberation Front. Part of the Loitering With Intent events programme.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

No booking required, but please be aware that when all the cake has been eaten the map will be gone!
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-cake-map-of-manchester/

Loitering With Intent. The Art and Politics of Walking in Manchester and Beyond

Loitering With Intent. The Art and Politics of Walking in Manchester and Beyond

  • 23 July — 16 October 2016

The LRM (Loiterers Resistance Movement) is a Manchester based collective interested in psychogeography, public space and uncovering the secret stories of the city. Since 2006 they have been organising public walks, dérives (drifts), games and spectacles offering new ways to explore the streets. To celebrate 10 years of loitering, please come and play.

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/loitering-with-intent/

Manchester Area Psychogeographic: Levitation, Explosions, Exposures

Manchester Area Psychogeographic: Levitation, Explosions, Exposures

  • 24 July 2016 2-4pm

Bob Dickinson, co-founder of Manchester Area Psychogeographic (MAP) talks about the history of Manchester’s first known psychogeographic group. For the first time in 20 years he will show slides taken during MAP’s dérives and interventions. These include images taken during their examination of the site of the IRA bomb in Manchester soon after the explosion. Part of the Loitering With Intent events programme.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17

Admission

Booking required via Eventbrite – http://maplevitationexplosionsexposures.eventbrite.co.uk
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
Suggested donation £3

Website

http://www.phm.org.uk/whatson/manchester-area-psychogeographic/

Drinking in The City

Drinking in The City

  • 26 July 2016 2-4pm

This tour explores the impact alcohol has had on shaping the city. It will tell tales of lost pubs, prohibition, famous raconteurs, class struggles, romantic encounters and comedy encounters facilitated by booze. It will also uncover the dark side of the morning after and fears of public health. Part of the Loitering With Intent events programme.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Booking required via Eventbrite – http://phmdrinkwalk.eventbrite.co.uk
Please meet in Piccadilly Gardens near the Memorial Tree (by Café Nero). We will finish with an optional visit to a pub
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation.
Suggested donation £3

Website

http://www.phm.org.uk/whatson/drinking-in-the-city/

Make Your Mark: let your t-shirt do the talking

Make Your Mark: let your t-shirt do the talking

  • 27 July 2016 1-3pm

Be inspired by the t-shirts in the main galleries which have been created to support various campaigns. Create your own using screen-printing, and let it tell us what you believe in! Why not tweet a photo of your t-shirt to us @PHMLearn.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 16-17

Admission

Booking required via Eventbrite – http://tshirtdothetalking.eventbrite.co.uk
£5 per participant, price includes t-shirt and materials

Website

http://www.phm.org.uk/whatson/make-your-mark/

Central Manchester CAMRA Beer Festival

Central Manchester CAMRA Beer Festival

  • 28 July 2016 4-10:30pm

A beer and cider festival celebrating the breweries of Greater Manchester. There’ll be 80 different beers and a selection of ciders and perrys from across the county, plus a selection of foreign beers from across Europe all in one place!

Admission

Suitable for adults, accompanied children allowed access until 7.00pm
No booking required – pay on the door
Non members £2 / CAMRA members free

Website

http://www.phm.org.uk/whatson/central-manchester-camra-beer-festival28/

Have Your Say!

Have Your Say!

  • 29 July 2016 1-3pm

Come along to this monthly discussion and join the conversation. Mark Krantz will facilitate a discussion on the political talking point of that month, whilst PHM staff will draw links from topics discussed to the museum’s collection. Topics for discussion will be decided in advance of each session, and participants will have input into the subject matter and themes to be explored.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 11-13
  • 16-17

Admission

Booking required via Eventrbite – http://haveyoursayjuly.eventbrite.co.uk
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
Suggested donation £3

Website

http://www.phm.org.uk/whatson/have-your-say-4/

Central Manchester CAMRA Beer Festival

Central Manchester CAMRA Beer Festival

  • 29 July 2016 12-10:30pm

A beer and cider festival celebrating the breweries of Greater Manchester. There’ll be 80 different beers and a selection of ciders and perrys from across the county, plus a selection of foreign beers from across Europe all in one place!

Admission

Suitable for adults, accompanied children allowed access until 7.00pm
No booking required – pay on the door
Non members £3 / CAMRA members £1

Website

http://www.phm.org.uk/whatson/central-manchester-camra-beer-festival29/

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The Hard Way Up - A Suffragette's Story - 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. 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

Baddies - 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.
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

http://www.phm.org.uk

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

http://www.phm.org.uk

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

http://www.phm.org.uk

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

http://www.phm.org.uk

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

http://www.phm.org.uk

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

http://www.phm.org.uk

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

Self-Guided Groups

http://www.phm.org.uk

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.

Slavery & Suffrage - William Cuffay's Story - 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.
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

http://www.phm.org.uk

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 Little People's History Museum - Beeing Special

http://www.phm.org.uk

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

http://www.phm.org.uk

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

http://www.phm.org.uk

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

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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