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Viv Anderson lends historic shirt

24 February 2011

The museum was delighted when approached recently to see if we would be interested in Viv Anderson’s England shirt from 1978.  The shirt was worn by Viv as the first black footballer to play for England.  The match in 1978 was at Wembley against Czechoslovakia, with England winning 1-0. Since that famous match, the football […]

Museum celebrates first birthday

17 February 2011

Ideas are still worth fighting for The People’s History Museum is about to celebrate its first birthday.  After a soft opening in February 2010 the newly extended museum was officially opened on 5 March by Andy Burnham MP.  Since 6 March last year we have been busy welcoming lots of visitors keen to find out that there […]

Museum in the running for Art Fund Prize 2011

3 February 2011

The People’s History Museum is very excited to learn that we are in the running for the Art Fund Prize 2011, the UK’s largest arts prize.  The news was announced last night by Michael Portillo, Chair of the Judges, on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row.  There are ten museums that have been long listed for […]

Museum is finalist in Civic Trust Awards

19 January 2011

The museum is delighted to find out that it has been successful in the 2011 Civic Trust Awards.  In addition we are very pleased that we’ve been chosen as the host venue for the awards ceremony in early March.    From 333 national and international entries, 57 projects have been successful and made it onto […]

All change for banners

10 January 2011

From today the museum will be changing some of its famous banners that are on display for visitors to see.  The museum has a world class collection of banners and although there are lots currently on display, there are even more in our collection.  Some of the banners are very old and delicate so are […]

Thank you to our supporters

18 November 2010

Firstly, thank you for all the messages of support.  It is really encouraging to hear how passionate people are about the national story we tell.     At the moment the museum is putting all its energies into working with our funders to find the best possible way forward. If you want to actively support us, […]

Museum statement on funding cuts

17 November 2010

Following the announcement last week by the Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) the museum will see its funding reduced by about 15% from 2011/12 across four years in line with the Comprehensive Spending Review in October.  The DCMS funding currently provides approx 20% of the total for the museum.    From April 2011 […]

PHM wins a web award

16 November 2010

The museum was thrilled to win its first national award on Friday night.  People’s History Museum and Reading Room, our digital agency, won a DADI (Drum Awards for the Digital Industries) at the annual awards ceremony held on Friday 12 November.  Our website ( was one of four finalists in the best website in the […]

Museum welcomes Mayor of Nagasaki

4 November 2010

The museum is delighted to welcome the Mayor of Nagasaki along with colleagues from the city to Manchester.  Mr Tomihisa Taue together with Cllr Mark Hackett, the Lord Mayor of Manchester, visited the People’s History Museum this morning to look at a new exhibition and unveil a new plaque dedicated to victims of atomic bombs. The new Community […]

Opening day of Death and the Working Class

20 October 2010

The museum’s next changing exhibition, Death and the Working Class, opens to the public on Saturday 23 October.  For the opening day we’ve got lots of activities going on.  Saturday 23 October 10.00 – 5.00pm All day A 1933 Austin hearse will be on display. 10.15 am and 1.15pm A horse drawn hearse will tour the city […]