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Key facts & figures about the People's History Museum

  • One of the national museums in Manchester city centre
  • The first public building in Britain to be built with an extraordinary Corten metal shell
  • Contains 1,384 square metres of exhibition space
  • Displays almost 1,500 historic objects
  • Displays the largest number of trade union and other banners in the world
  • Allows visitors to see behind the scenes into Britain’s only Textile Conservation Studio dedicated to the preservation of banners
  • Houses a unique archive containing the collections of the Labour Party, the Communist Party of Great Britain and much more
  • Offers an inspiring Learning Programme for all ages, from pre-school to adult learners
  • Has a dedicated Community Gallery open to individuals and groups to display their own exhibitions
  • Holds an exciting programme of public events throughout the year including tours, talks and performances
  • Attracts 100,000 visitors a year
  • Continues to attract a higher proportion of foreign visitors than any other museum in the city
  • Has high quality spaces available to hire for meetings and events including the stunning Coal Store Conference Room and magnificent Engine Hall
  • Has a gift shop selling a unique range of books, homeware and souvenirs based on the museum’s outstanding collections
  • Houses The Left Bank cafe bar, with the sunniest riverside terrace in the city!
  • Celebrates the stories of the radical thinkers whose big ideas have shaped our society, and invites you to Join the Radicals

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