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/

12 July - 14 September 2014, Work in Progress @ People's History Museum

Work in Progress

  • 12 July — 14 September 2014 *on now

This summer come and Play Your Part in our interactive, experimental gallery. The exhibition will be a true work in progress, allowing you to see behind the scenes of our Play Your Part project. Help us test out ideas for our new Welcome Wall, debate topical issues and get creative with a series of exciting workshops. The exhibition will start from nothing and evolve over time as we invite community groups, activists and you to experiment, contribute and create. Three artists will base their studios in the gallery space in our Microresidencies project and staff will be on hand for regular office hours to discuss anything about the project. We don’t yet know what will happen, but we’re excited to find out! Part of our Play Your Part programme of events and exhibitions.

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/work-in-progress/

The LMS-Patriot Project - Rail and Remembrance @ People's History Museum

The LMS-Patriot Project: Rail and Remembrance

  • 30 July — 7 September 2014 *on now

After the Great War, three railway companies named locomotives to honour their employees who had fought and died during the conflict. Part of the First World War Centenary Programme.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

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

Website

http://www.phm.org.uk/whatson/the-lms-patriot-project-rail-and-remembrance/

18 August - 9 September 2014, #SELFIE_SHOW-OFF exhibition by Karol Kochanowski @ People's History Museum

#SELFIE_SHOW-OFF exhibition by Karol Kochanowski

  • 18 August — 9 September 2014 *on now

Solo exhibition by Karol Kochanowski, an award winning Polish artist who currently lives and works in Manchester. Kochanowski’s practice covers a range of various media and styles, such as oil/acrylic painting, collage, sculpture/installation, digital image or scannography, with the present focus on oil painting. He develops a matter of sub consciousness being the main link between the artist’s practice and the issues of the contemporary world. Part of the Manchester Pride Fringe and our Play Your Part programme of events and exhibitions.
Private View Sunday 17 August, 3.00pm – 5.00pm

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

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

Website

http://www.phm.org.uk/whatson/selfie_show-off-exhibition-by-karol-kochanowski/

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.
1 September 2014, Snapshot on the Labour Party @ People's History Museum

Snapshot on the Labour Party

  • 1 September 2014 12:30-1:30pm *on now

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 Labour Party and uncover history through the lens.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Booking required via Eventbrite – http://snapshotsept2014.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/snapshot-on-the-labour-party-2/

4 September 2014, Re-Telling Scapegoats, Media & Politics @ People's History Museum

Re-Telling: Scapegoats, Media & Politics

  • 4 September 2014 12-3pm

Join us for an interactive workshop where we will analyse and discuss the impact of scapegoating in politics and the media. Find out how this affects both those that are targeted and society as a whole. Meet groups affected by scapegoating and help bring down barriers that propaganda creates. Then create the 'Re-Telling' of their own stories by taking the headlines of tabloids that target certain groups unfairly, stereotype and otherwise scapegoat, along with political literature, quotes and articles by cutting them apart and re-applying them to tell it as it is. Part of our Work in Progress workshop programme.

Suitable for

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

Admission

Booking required via Eventbrite – http://retelling.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/re-telling-scapegoats-media-politics/

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

  • 5 September 2014 10am-4pm
  • 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/

6 September 2014, Secret Cities Immersion @ People's History Museum

Secret Cities: Immersion – Manchester Hidden Spaces Workshop

  • 6 September 2014 10am-5:30pm

Curated Place offers a unique opportunity to explore the unseen sides of Manchester while learning photographic and Photoshop techniques from one of the UK's leading digital artists – photographer Andrew Brooks. Starting in the People's History Museum, participants will be taken to unique locations in Manchester city centre before working in Manchester Central Library's impressive new Media Lounge. Part of our Work in Progress workshop programme.
10.00am – 5.30pm (10.00am – 12.00pm at People’s History Museum)

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Booking required via Eventbrite – http://www.curatedplace.eventbrite.com
£38 (excl. booking fee)
10.00am – 5.30pm (10.00am – 12.00pm at People’s History Museum)

Website

http://www.phm.org.uk/whatson/secret-cities-immersion-manchester-hidden-spaces-workshop/

7 September 2014, Protest Photography @ People's History Museum

Protest Photography

  • 7 September 2014 2-4pm

Join photographer Steven Speed for a workshop on protest and campaign photography looking at various issues from aesthetics to ethics and questioning what is the currency of photography to affect social change. Part of our Work in Progress workshop programme.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Booking required via Eventbrite – http://protestphotography.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/protest-photography/

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.

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

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

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

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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