People's History Museum

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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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.
National Union of Railwaymen Hither Green banner

A Land Fit For Heroes: War and the Working Class 1914-1918

  • 24 May 2014 — 1 February 2015 *on now

'A Land Fit For Heroes' will examine how the war changed society, radically altering the social, economic, cultural and political outlook of the British people. It will look at why people supported the war (and those that didn’t), the role that women played in the war effort, how home life was radically changed, the influence the war had on politics and the labour movement and life after the war. The exhibition is supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and is also part of the First World War Centenary Programme.

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/a-land-fit-for-heroes-war-and-the-working-class-1914-1918/

8 October 2014 - 18 January 2015, Colours, Community and Chemistry exhibition @ People's History Museum

Colours, Community and Chemistry trailblazer

  • 22 September — 5 October 2014 *on now

Curated by A T Boyle, Colours, Community and Chemistry is a contemporary collaboration between regional artists and scientists featuring rare films, photos, words, research and textiles. Visit this preview before the full exhibition comes to the museum’s Community Gallery, on display from Wednesday 8 October to Sunday 18 January 2015.

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/colours-community-and-chemistry-trailblazer/

8 October 2014 - 18 January 2015, Colours, Community and Chemistry exhibition @ People's History Museum © Eleanor Maclure

Colours, Community and Chemistry

  • 8 October 2014 — 18 January 2015

Curated by A T Boyle, Colours, Community and Chemistry is a contemporary collaboration between regional artists and scientists featuring rare films, photos, words, research and textiles. This fascinating exhibition and accompanying events illuminates the north's manufacturing foundations, at the same time as heralding its strong future.

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/colours-community-and-chemistry/

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.
5 September 2014, 3 October 2014, 7 November 2014, A Land Fit For Heroes exhibiton tour for the visually impaired @ People's History Museum

A Land Fit For Heroes Tour for the Visually Impaired

  • 3 October 2014 10am-4pm
  • 7 November 2014 10am-4pm

Drop in for a tour of our current changing exhibition A Land Fit For Heroes and find out all about British people's struggle for victory during World War One.

This tour is repeated on the first Friday of every month for the duration of the exhibition. Part of the First World War Centenary Programme.

Suitable for blind or visually impaired adults and young people only.

No booking required, drop in activity. In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation. Suggested donation £3.00.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Website

http://www.phm.org.uk/whatson/a-land-fit-for-heroes-changing-exhibition-tour-for-the-visually-impaired/

26 September 2014, A Land Fit For Heroes changing exhibiton tour @ People's History Museum

A Land Fit For Heroes changing exhibition tour

  • 26 September 2014 1:15-2pm
  • 24 October 2014 1:15-2pm
  • 28 November 2014 1:15-2pm

Come along on a fascinating tour of our current changing exhibition A Land Fit For Heroes and find out all about British people's struggle for victory during World War I. Part of the First World War Centenary Programme.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Booking required via Eventbrite – http://phm.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-land-fit-for-heroes-changing-exhibition-tour-4/

1 October - 2 November 2014, The Urban Sketch craft table @ People's History Museum

The Urban Sketch craft table

  • 1 October — 2 November 2014

This year’s Big Draw theme is ‘It's Our World’ and we’re asking visitors to help us create a PHM urban landscape gallery. Grab a clipboard and pencil and find a window in the museum. Look outside and create a sketch of what you can see. When you have finished add your drawing to our urban landscape gallery or take it home. Why not tweet a photo of your finished creation to us at @PHMMcr #bigdraw. Part of The Big Draw 2014 and the Family Arts Festival 2014.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

No booking required, drop in activity. 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-urban-sketch-craft-table/

4 October 2014, PHM Fun Palace @ People's History Museum

PHM Fun Palace

  • 4 October 2014 10am-5pm

For one day only we will be transforming into a Fun Palace! We’ll be focusing on the history of Manchester, allowing you to share your memories and learn something new about this wonderful city. Watch this space or head to our Fun Palaces web page to keep up to date with how our Fun Palace is developing: http://funpalaces.co.uk/discover/peoples-history-museum/

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

No booking required, drop in activity. Every Fun Palace is free, but please make a donation.

Website

http://www.phm.org.uk/whatson/phm-fun-palace/

4-10 October 2014, Freedom Banner @ People's History Museum, image © Phoebe Myers

Freedom Banner

  • 4 October 2014 10am-5pm

Join artist Phoebe Myers on Saturday 4 October to help create the Freedom Banner. The Freedom Banner is being produced collaboratively by online participants, People’s History Museum visitors, and Phoebe Myers. It documents the freedoms, both big and small, which are important to people. Phoebe has worked with the People’s History Museum on a number of learning workshops, and has been inspired by the museum’s collection to create the Freedom Banner. The banners in the collection generally represent groups with shared views, clubs and unions. Most of the people who contributed to the Freedom Banner have never met, but they have come together to create a banner which celebrates the freedoms we enjoy, and reminds us of freedoms which still need to be fought for. Part of Free For Arts Festival, a non profit celebration of art and performance which runs from Friday 3 to Friday 10 October 2014 at venues in and around Manchester.
Workshop: Sat 4 October, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Banner on display Sat 4 – Fri 10 October, 10.00am – 5.00pm

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

No booking required, drop in activity. The Free For Arts Festival is free, but please make a donation.

Website

http://www.phm.org.uk/whatson/freedom-banner/

6 October 2014, Snapshot on the 1964 General Election @ People's History Museum

Snapshot on the 1964 General Election

  • 6 October 2014 12:30-1:30pm

Did you know the museum holds an archive of over 95,000 photographs? Go behind the scenes and delve into our unique photo collections, the Labour Party photograph collection and the Communist Party of Great Britain photograph collection. In this lunchtime drop in session, browse through photographs on the theme of the 1964 General Election and uncover history through the lens.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Booking required via Eventbrite – http://snapshotoct2014.eventbrite.co.uk
In order to keep our exhibitions programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation. Suggested donation £3

Website

http://www.phm.org.uk/whatson/snapshot-on-the-1964-general-election/

10 October, Politics, Posters, Protest - British Political Posters 1914-2014 @ People's History Museum

Politics, Posters, Protest: British Political Posters 1914-2014

  • 10 October 2014 9:30am-5:15pm

Posters have been used in every general election of the 20th century. In the run up to the general election 2015, curators, campaigners and designers will explore the significance of the poster to the past, current and future British political debate. Confirmed speakers include Jeremy Sinclair, founder of Saatchi & Saatchi and creator of many of the Conservative Party’s most famous adverts, and Peter Kennard, Senior Research Reader in Photography, Art and the Public Domain at the Royal College of Art, best known for the images he created for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) in the 1970s-80s.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Booking required via Eventbrite – https://posterspoliticsprotest.eventbrite.co.uk
£25 / £15 concessions

Website

http://www.phm.org.uk/whatson/politics-posters-protest-british-political-posters-1914-2014/

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.

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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.

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

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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

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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.

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