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50 years of EP Thompson’s The Making of the English Working Class

Maxine Peake and Christopher Eccleston reading extracts

24 April 2013

The People’s History Museum and the Working Class Movement Library held a special event to commemorate fifty years of continuous print of the historian EP Thompson’s The Making of the English Working Class on Saturday 13 April 2013. Held at the museum in Manchester, we opted for a mix of speakers to draw in as […]

Successful funding bid to Arts Council England

27 March 2013

The People’s History Museum is extremely pleased to have been awarded £100,000 from the Arts Council’s Renaissance Strategic support fund for its Play Your Part project. Play Your Part aims to further develop the People’s History Museum’s relationship with audiences by highlighting the museum’s relevance to current ideas and events as ‘the home of ideas […]

Easter fun at PHM

Protest Pots

26 March 2013

Visit the museum over the Easter holidays and enjoy a range of activities and events for all the family.  The museum is open 10.00am to 5.00pm as usual over the Easter weekend. Sat 9 March – Sun 29 September Hidden by Red Saunders An Impressions Gallery touring exhibition, Hidden recreates great moments in the long […]

The People’s Postcards writing competition

Hannah Mitchell, 'The Hard Way Up' Living History performance © People's History Museum

13 March 2013

We are delighted to announce details of our exciting new writing competition, The People’s Postcards.  Our competition will work in partnership with the regional contest Postcards from the Past, a collaboration between Manchester Children’s Book Festival and the Manchester Literature Festival, supported by Manchester Metropolitan University and the Midland Hotel. Come along to the museum […]

Crowds enjoy Hidden private view

Crowds enjoy Hidden private view

8 March 2013

Yesterday evening the museum welcomed nearly 200 people to the private view/opening of our new changing exhibition Hidden by Red Saunders. Director Katy Archer kicked off the speeches by welcoming everyone to the museum and then introduced folk singer Roy Bailey who performed several of his songs for the crowd.  We then handed over to […]

The Lindt Big Egg Hunt 2013

6 March 2013

The museum is very egg-cited to be part of The Lindt Big Egg Hunt when it visits Manchester in March. More than 100 giant Easter eggs are being hidden across Manchester between Thursday 7 March and Wednesday 13 March as part of The Lindt Big Egg Hunt – an incredible event challenging the public to […]

Wonder Women: Radical Manchester

4 February 2013

The museum is really excited to be part of a programme of cultural events running from 3 March to 7 April 2013 to coincide with Manchester’s International Women’s Day activities and shining a spotlight on women change makers, past and present. These events are part of Wonder Women: Radical Manchester inspired by a shock moment […]

Mums Matter 2 Mancunians

Mums Matter 2 Mancunians

24 January 2013

The museum’s new Community Gallery exhibition explores the vitally important topic of maternal health. Curated by Manchester Oxfam Group, the exhibition looks at campaigning efforts for mothers’ health across the world but concentrates on the people of Manchester who have made these changes and improvements happen. Behind the scenes Find out all about the work […]

New banners on display

New banners on display

4 January 2013

Next week will see the annual banner changeover in our main galleries.  The museum has over 400 banners in the collection and some of these are very delicate which means we need to limit the amount of time they are on display to visitors. Each year we change a large number of the banners that […]

Your Paintings Project Revealed

13 December 2012

All 212,000 of the United Kingdom’s oil paintings are now online The museum is really excited to be part of the impressive national project which is Your Paintings. Today the Public Catalogue Foundation (PCF) and the BBC completed their hugely ambitious project to put online the United Kingdom’s entire collection of oil paintings in public ownership. […]