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/

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 *on now

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/

From the Shadows of War and Empire: Perspectives of Colonised People on World War One

From the Shadows of War and Empire: Perspectives of Colonised People on World War One

  • 25 June — 17 July 2016 *on now

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

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/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.
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 *on now

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/

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/

Central Manchester CAMRA Beer Festival

Central Manchester CAMRA Beer Festival

  • 30 July 2016 12-9:30pm

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!
Suitable for adults, accompanied children allowed access until 7.00pm
No booking required – pay on the door
Non members £4 / CAMRA members £2

Admission

Suitable for adults, accompanied children allowed access until 7.00pm
No booking required – pay on the door
Non members £4 / CAMRA members £2

Website

http://www.phm.org.uk/whatson/central-manchester-camra-beer-festival30/

Make Your Mark: graffiti prints

Make Your Mark: graffiti prints

  • 3 August 2016 1-3pm

Be inspired by examples in the main galleries of the different ways people have protested in the past. Looking at modern day protest art, create your own graffiti print and tell us what you feel strongly about! Why not tweet a photo of your graffiti print to us @PHMLearn.

Suitable for

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

Admission

Booking required via Eventbrite – http://graffitiprints.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/make-your-mark-2/

Grafters exhibition tour

Grafters exhibition tour

  • 5 August 2016 1:15-2pm

Join curator Ian Beesley on an exciting tour of our Grafters exhibition. This is your last chance to see previously unseen photos of industrial workers before the exhibition closes on Sunday 14 August.

Suitable for

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

Admission

Booking required via Eventbrite – http://grafterstour3.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-2/

Manchester's LGBT Centre: we were born in the 80s

Manchester's LGBT Centre: we were born in the 80s

  • 6 August 2016 2-4pm

This walking tour will tell the story of how Manchester became the first place to build an entirely publicly funded, purpose designed centre for the gay community, just as Thatcher’s government were enacting Section 28. Part of the Loitering With Intent events programme.
Please meet in the Community Gallery at PHM. The walk finishes at The LGBT Centre on Sidney Street (just off Oxford Road)

Suitable for

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

Admission

Booking required via Eventbrite – http://phm80s.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/manchesters-lgbt-centre-we-were-born-in-the-80s/

First Sunday Dérive with The LRM (Loiterers Resistance Movement)

First Sunday Dérive with The LRM (Loiterers Resistance Movement)

  • 7 August 2016 2-4pm

On the first Sunday of every month The LRM go for a wander. Please join us for a game that will change how you experience the city. We will go for a walk guided by instructions designed to exercise your imagination and uncover secrets on the street. Part of the Loitering With Intent events programme.
Walk starts in the Community Gallery at PHM.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

No booking required, just turn up to up to the Community Gallery at PHM
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
Suggested donation £3

Website

http://www.phm.org.uk/whatson/first-sunday-derive-with-the-lrm/

Make Your Mark: stitching patches

Make Your Mark: stitching patches

  • 10 August 2016 1-3pm

Be inspired by the textiles in the main galleries and create your own embroidered patch which tells us about something you strongly believe in. Check out the patches in our LGBT+ displays in Main Gallery Two! Why not tweet a photo of your embroidered patch to us @PHMLearn.

Suitable for

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

Admission

Booking required via Eventbrite – http://stitchingpatches.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/make-your-mark-3/

Radicals Assemble! After hours at the PHM

Radicals Assemble! After hours at the PHM

  • 11 August 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
  • 11-13
  • 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-3/

Spatial Machines: walking with GPS

Spatial Machines: walking with GPS

  • 13 August 2016 12-4pm

We increasingly rely on technology to know where we are. Creating locative information relies on a massive infrastructure of satellites and ground based reference stations. How do these infrastructures see the world? What wider influence do they have on us? This workshop explores GPS infrastructure by walking with technology. Part of the Loitering With Intent events programme.
Please note participants need to bring an android phone or GPS enabled tablet.

Walk starts and finishes in the Community Gallery at PHM

Suitable for

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

Admission

Booking required via Eventbrite – http://spatialmachines.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/spatial-machines/

The Little People's History Museum – Under the Rainbow

The Little People's History Museum – Under the Rainbow

  • 13 August 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 creation to us @PHMLearn.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • Family friendly

Admission

Booking required via Eventbrite – http://undertherainbow-lphm.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-12/

What is Psychogeography? Introductory talk and gallery tour

What is Psychogeography? Introductory talk and gallery tour

  • 14 August 2016 2-4pm

This talk and gallery tour of Loitering With Intent will explore what psychogeography is and how wandering can be an artistic or political act. It maps walks from Paris 1968 to contemporary Manchester with deviations to discuss poets, punks, mystics and everyone who fought for our right to roam. Part of the Loitering With Intent events programme.

Suitable for

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

Admission

Booking required via Eventbrite – http://psychogeography.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/what-is-psychogeography/

Living History performance: Read All About It! – Papers, Protest & Peterloo

Living History performance: Read All About It! – Papers, Protest & Peterloo

  • 16 August 2016 1:15-2pm

Commemorate the anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre and meet James Bronterre O’Brien, editor of Victorian newspaper the Poor Man’s Guardian. Accompany Bronterre on a march to Peterloo and uncover the stories of the day.

Suitable for

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

Admission

Booking required via Eventbrite – http://read-all-about-it-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/living-history-performance-read-all-about-it-6/

Make Your Mark: protest scarf

Make Your Mark: protest scarf

  • 17 August 2016 1-3pm

Be inspired by our Peterloo handkerchief in Main Gallery One and commemorate the anniversary by painting your own scarf with a scene of your choice. Why not tweet a photo of your scarf to us @PHMLearn.

Suitable for

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

Admission

Booking required via Eventbrite – http://protestscarf.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/make-your-mark-4/

Manchester Modernist Heroines walk

Manchester Modernist Heroines walk

  • 18 August 2016 2-4pm

This walk celebrates the achievements of ten inspirational women who shaped the 20th century. From artists to aviatrixes, campaigners and designers. Their achievements, and complexities, are largely overlooked by the history books. In the absence of official monuments we will follow the traces they left behind and uncover their legacies. Part of the Loitering With Intent events programme.

Please meet in the Community Gallery at PHM. The walk finishes outside the Bridgewater Hall.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Booking required via Eventbrite – http://modernheroines.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-modernist-heroines-walk/

The Fabric of Protest

The Fabric of Protest

  • 20 August 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-5/

Open studio with Songwriter in Residence

Open studio with Songwriter in Residence

  • 20 August 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

No booking required, drop in event
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-3/

Make Your Mark: screen-print banners

Make Your Mark: screen-print banners

  • 24 August 2016 1-3pm

Be inspired by our banners in the main galleries and create your own using screen-printing techniques to take home! Groups have used banners through history to tell other people what they support and believe in. What will your banner say about you? Why not tweet a photo of your banner to us @PHMLearn.

Suitable for

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

Admission

Booking required via Eventbrite – http://screenprintbanners.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/make-your-mark-screen-print-banners/

LGBT history tour

LGBT history tour

  • 26 August 2016 1:15-2pm

Celebrate Manchester Pride on a tour of PHM’s main galleries and discover how the history of gender and sexuality has been affected by society, politics and activism over the past 200 years.

Suitable for

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

Admission

Booking required via Eventbrite – http://lgbttour2016.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/lgbt-history-tour-5/

Walking, Touching, Lying: A Walk With Mythogeographer Phil Smith

Walking, Touching, Lying: A Walk With Mythogeographer Phil Smith

  • 27 August 2016 2-4pm

Mythogeographer Phil Smith will lead an exploration of the wounds, scars, infections, clues and symbols in the texture of the city’s surfaces. The walk will explore different viewpoint levels, how the surface can ripple and trip, and in what particular gutters to look for dust from Mars. Part of the Loitering With Intent events programme.

The walk will start at Station Approach Piccadilly in central Manchester, more details will be sent to participants before the event.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Booking required via Eventbrite – http://phmphilsmith.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/walking-touching-lying-2/

Make Your Mark: protest collage posters

Make Your Mark: protest collage posters

  • 31 August 2016 1-3pm

Be inspired by the posters in our main galleries and create your own collage print that shows us what change you would like to see in the community! Why not tweet a photo of your collage print to us @PHMLearn.

Suitable for

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

Admission

Booking required via Eventbrite – http://protestcollageposters.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/make-your-mark-5/

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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 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

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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