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.
Promising Home

Promising Home

  • 29 October 2016 — 15 January 2017 *on now

An exhibition about contemporary issues on homes and housing, asking us to consider the value of a council estate. Who owns it and what is it really worth? Why is the media image of the estate so different from the views of many of its residents, who love their homes and think they are great places to live? Why are we demolishing so much good council housing and replacing it with private new builds? Jane Brake and John van Aitken of the Institute of Urban Dreaming (IUD), who are based on the Pendleton estate in Salford, have been recording everyday life in the area since 2004. This exhibition presents a selection of IUD’s extensive archive of video, photography, artworks, texts, textiles and everyday archaeology of the estate.

Family Friendly exhibition, suitable for all ages

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Family Friendly exhibition, suitable for all ages

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

Website

http://www.phm.org.uk/whatson/promising-home/

The LMS-Patriot Project: Rail and Remembrance

The LMS-Patriot Project: Rail and Remembrance

  • 25 November 2016 — 8 January 2017 *on now

After the Great War, three railway companies named locomotives to honour their employees who had fought and died during the conflict. This exhibition tells the story of the LMS-Patriot Project, the building of the new national memorial engine and looks at the contribution of those who worked on the railways during World War I. Part of the First World War Centenary Programme.

Suitable for adults and young people

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17
  • 11-13

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-5/

Never Going Underground: the fight for LGBT+ rights

Never Going Underground: the fight for LGBT+ rights

  • 25 February — 3 September 2017

January 1967: it’s illegal for men to have sex together, lesbianism is condemned as sinful or seen as a medical misfortune, and trans rights are non-existent. 50 years later, LGBT+ legal protection and equality is almost UK-wide. There was, however, nothing inevitable about that progress, and there were steps back as well as forward. This unique exhibition is curated by members of the local LGBT+ community. It details the development of an LGBT+ movement, showing the internal and external struggles, the different party political approaches to equality, and the social and historical context of the last sixty years of activism. This is the complex and compelling story of a long and often bumpy journey.

Family Friendly exhibition, suitable for all ages

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

Suggested donation £5

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

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

Website

http://www.phm.org.uk/whatson/never-going-underground-the-fight-for-lgbt-rights/

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.
An evening with Quiet Loner

An evening with Quiet Loner

  • 8 December 2016 6-8pm

Join our Songwriter in Residence for an intimate evening of live music inspired by the museum's collection. For much of 2016 our songwriter in residence Matt Hill (Quiet loner) has been combing our collections for musical inspiration. Join us for an intimate evening of live music inspired by the museum's collection. Expect to hear songs about radicals and reformers, suffragists and suffragettes, strikes and struggles.

Family Friendly event, suitable for all ages

Booking required via Eventbrite – http://quietloner.eventbrite.co.uk

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

Suggested donation £5

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Booking required via Eventbrite – http://quietloner.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/an-evening-with-quiet-loner/

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 adults and young people 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

Radicals Assemble! After hours at the PHM

  • 8 December 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 adults and young people

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

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 11-13
  • 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-after-hours-at-the-phm-3/

The Fabric of Protest

The Fabric of Protest

  • 8 December 2016 1-3pm

Come along to this monthly creative workshop and share ideas of protest over a cup of tea, while learning new textile techniques. Taking inspiration from the museum’s collection, participants will work collaboratively to produce pieces of artwork rich in personal responses and exploration. Currently looking at the Match Girls’ Strike of 1888, we are working on a banner to commemorate the bravery of the girls and the start of unionism as we know it today. Participants can attend individual workshops or join us on a regular basis to shape how the work develops.

Suitable for adults and young people over 11

Booking required via Eventbrite – http://thefabricofprotest-winter16-17.eventbrite.co.uk

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

Suggested donation £3

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

Booking required via Eventbrite – http://thefabricofprotest-winter16-17.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-9/

Christmas Choir Performance

Christmas Choir Performance

  • 9 December 2016 12:30-1:30pm

Take a break from Christmas shopping and enjoy a festive performance from Manchester Civil Service Choir in the museum foyer.

Family Friendly event, suitable for all ages

No booking required, drop in event

In order to keep PHM's events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation

Suggested donation £3

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

No booking required, drop in event

In order to keep PHM's events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation

Suggested donation £3

Website

http://www.phm.org.uk/whatson/christmas-choir-performance-6/

Stained Glass craft table

Stained Glass craft table

  • 21 December 2016 — 9 January 2017

Look for the stained glass window in Main Gallery One. Be inspired by its colours and images to create your own! Hold it up to the window and see the winter light shine through. Why not tweet a photo of your finished creation to us @PHMMLearn.

Family Friendly activity, suitable for all ages

No booking required, drop in event

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

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/stained-glass-craft-table/

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

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

  • 10 January 2017 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 finished creation to us at @PHMLearn.

Family Friendly activity, suitable for under 5s and their grown ups

No booking required

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

Suggested donation £3

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

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

Website

http://www.phm.org.uk/whatson/the-little-phm-mr-ordinarys-prize-12/

Radicals Assemble! After hours at the PHM

Radicals Assemble! After hours at the PHM

  • 12 January 2017 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 adults and young people

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

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 11-13
  • 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-after-hours-at-the-phm-4/

The Fabric of Protest

The Fabric of Protest

  • 14 January 2017 1-3pm

Come along to this monthly creative workshop and share ideas of protest over a cup of tea, while learning new textile techniques. Taking inspiration from the museum’s collection, participants will work collaboratively to produce pieces of artwork rich in personal responses and exploration. Currently looking at the Match Girls’ Strike of 1888, we are working on a banner to commemorate the bravery of the girls and the start of unionism as we know it today. Participants can attend individual workshops or join us on a regular basis to shape how the work develops.

Suitable for adults and young people over 11

Booking required via Eventbrite – http://thefabricofprotest-winter16-17.eventbrite.co.uk

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

Suggested donation £3

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

Booking required via Eventbrite – http://thefabricofprotest-winter16-17.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-10/

People Making History

People Making History

  • 16 January 2017 1-3pm

A study of key protests in Manchester in which people ‘made history’ through strikes, struggle and campaigns. From Peterloo, the Chartists, and opposition to slavery; struggles over unemployment, access to the countryside, and against fascism; against Section 28, and of the Stop The War campaign. This ten week course is a learning experience from the Workers' Educational Association in association with the People’s History Museum.
Suitable for 19 years and over
Booking required by contacting WEA on 0151 243 5340 or via www.wea.org.uk/northwest. Please quote course ref C3839457. Please note this is a ten week course, attendees are required to book onto all ten weeks of the course.
£65.10 or free to those in receipt of means tested benefits
Course runs Mon 16 January to Mon 27 March (half term break on Mon 20 February)

Admission

Booking required by contacting WEA on 0151 243 5340 or via www.wea.org.uk/northwest. Please quote course ref C3839457. Please note this is a ten week course, attendees are required to book onto all ten weeks of the course.
£65.10 or free to those in receipt of means tested benefits

Website

http://www.phm.org.uk/whatson/people-making-history/

People Making History

People Making History

  • 23 January 2017 1-3pm

A study of key protests in Manchester in which people ‘made history’ through strikes, struggle and campaigns. From Peterloo, the Chartists, and opposition to slavery; struggles over unemployment, access to the countryside, and against fascism; against Section 28, and of the Stop The War campaign. This ten week course is a learning experience from the Workers' Educational Association in association with the People’s History Museum.
Suitable for 19 years and over
Booking required by contacting WEA on 0151 243 5340 or via www.wea.org.uk/northwest. Please quote course ref C3839457. Please note this is a ten week course, attendees are required to book onto all ten weeks of the course.
£65.10 or free to those in receipt of means tested benefits
Course runs Mon 16 January to Mon 27 March (half term break on Mon 20 February)

Admission

Booking required by contacting WEA on 0151 243 5340 or via www.wea.org.uk/northwest. Please quote course ref C3839457. Please note this is a ten week course, attendees are required to book onto all ten weeks of the course.
£65.10 or free to those in receipt of means tested benefits

Website

http://www.phm.org.uk/whatson/people-making-history-2/

Have Your Say!

Have Your Say!

  • 26 January 2017 1-3pm

Come along to this monthly discussion event where Mark Krantz will facilitate a discussion on the political talking point of that month, whilst PHM staff will draw links from the topics discussed to the museum’s collection. Topics for discussion will be decided in advance of each session. Join us to Have Your Say!

Suitable for adults and young people

Booking required via Eventbrite – http://haveyoursay-2017.eventbrite.co.uk

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

Suggested donation £3

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

Booking required via Eventbrite – http://haveyoursay-2017.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-8/

Never Going Underground: banners tour

Never Going Underground: banners tour

  • 3 February 2017 1-2pm

Did you know that the People’s History Museum has the largest collection of banners in the world? And that we are the world’s expert in conserving them? As part of our Never Going Underground season, in 2017 we have a special banner hang featuring banners used by organisations fighting for LGBT+ rights. Join Engagement & Events Officer Catherine O’Donnell and Textile Conservator Jenny Barsby on an informative tour of the new banners on display and find out about their history and how we look after them for future generations. Includes a peek behind the scenes in our Textile Conservation Studio.

Suitable for adults and young people

No booking required

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

Suggested donation £3

Suitable for

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

Admission

No booking required

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

Suggested donation £3

Website

http://www.phm.org.uk/whatson/never-going-underground-banners-tour/

Radicals Assemble! After hours at the PHM

Radicals Assemble! After hours at the PHM

  • 9 February 2017 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 adults and young people

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

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 11-13
  • 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-after-hours-at-the-phm-5/

The Little People's History Museum – Under the Rainbow

The Little People's History Museum – Under the Rainbow

  • 11 February 2017 11am-12pm

Meet Matilda, a little girl who is given a magic rainbow bag. Help Matilda solve clues to get to the end of the rainbow and find what she’s looking for. Fun interactive story session with puppets, song, dance and a craft activity. Why not tweet a photo of your finished creation to us at @PHMLearn.

Family Friendly activity, suitable for under 5s and their grown ups

No booking required

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

Suggested donation £3

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

No booking required
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-14/

People's History Museum

News of the day! Cartoon craft table

  • 11 — 26 February 2017

Be inspired by the cartoons and prints in Main Gallery One and create your own! Two hundred years ago not many people could read. Cartoons were a good way to get messages and events of the day across. What will your sketch tell us? Why not tweet a photo of your finished creation to us at @PHMLearn.

Family Friendly activity, suitable for all ages

No booking required, drop in event

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

Suggested donation £3

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

No booking required, drop in event
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
Suggested donation £3

Website

http://www.phm.org.uk/whatson/news-of-the-day-cartoon-craft-table/

The Fabric of Protest

The Fabric of Protest

  • 16 February 2017 1-3pm

Come along to this monthly creative workshop and share ideas of protest over a cup of tea, while learning new textile techniques. Taking inspiration from the museum’s collection, participants will work collaboratively to produce pieces of artwork rich in personal responses and exploration. Currently looking at the Match Girls’ Strike of 1888, we are working on a banner to commemorate the bravery of the girls and the start of unionism as we know it today. Participants can attend individual workshops or join us on a regular basis to shape how the work develops.

Suitable for adults and young people over 11

Booking required via Eventbrite – http://thefabricofprotest-winter16-17.eventbrite.co.uk

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

Suggested donation £3

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+

Admission

Booking required via Eventbrite – http://thefabricofprotest-winter16-17.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-11/

A Hive of Industry

A Hive of Industry

  • 22 February 2017 1-3pm

Be inspired by the bees seen on the banners and objects in our galleries. Prove that their message of ‘industry’ and ‘co-operation’ still exists by creating your own busy bee to help transform our Learning Studio into a ‘Hive of Industry’.

Family Friendly activity, suitable for over 5s

No booking required, drop in activity

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

Suggested donation £3

Suitable for

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

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/a-hive-of-industry-2/

Have Your Say!

http://www.phm.org.uk/whatson/a-hive-of-industry-2/

  • 23 February 2017 1-3pm

Come along to this monthly discussion event where Mark Krantz will facilitate a discussion on the political talking point of that month, whilst PHM staff will draw links from the topics discussed to the museum’s collection. This month’s discussion topic will link to LGBT+ History Month. Join us and Have Your Say!

Suitable for adults and young people

Booking required via Eventbrite – http://haveyoursay-2017.eventbrite.co.uk

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

Suggested donation £3

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 11-13
  • 16-17

Admission

Booking required via Eventbrite – http://haveyoursay-2017.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-9/

OUTing the Past: The National Festival of LGBT History

OUTing the Past: The National Festival of LGBT History

  • 26 February 2017 10am-7pm

On the opening weekend of Never Going Underground: the fight for LGBT+ rights join us to celebrate LGBT History Month. Our jam-packed programme includes talks, discussion, tours, theatre and music. Check back for full details. In partnership with Schools Out.

Suitable for all ages, the programme will include talks for adults and young people and Family Friendly events

No booking required

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

Suggested donation £5

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

No booking required
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
Suggested donation £5

Website

http://www.phm.org.uk/whatson/outing-the-past/

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.

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

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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

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

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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

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

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

Creator

  • Developed with Peoplescape Theatre

How to obtain

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

The Little People's History Museum - Under the Rainbow

http://www.phm.org.uk

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

Creator

  • Developed with Peoplescape Theatre

How to obtain

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

Woody the Time Travelling Shopper - Living History Workshop

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

Creator

  • Written by Peoplescape Theatre

How to obtain

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

Getting there

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

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

Website

People's History Museum

www.phm.org.uk

E-mail

People's History Museum

info@phm.org.uk

Telephone

People's History Museum

0161 838 9190

Fax

People's History Museum

0161 838 9190

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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