Age-friendly Manchester (AFM) is a Manchester City Council led partnership working to improve the quality of life of older people in Manchester. Bringing together world-class researchers, policy-makers and practitioners, AFM places older people and their neighbourhoods at the centre of its programme for improvements in transport, culture and leisure, housing, the built environment and community services. AFM is a founding member of the World Health Organisation’s age-friendly programme. PHM has developed a strong working relationship with Age-friendly Manchester, hosting regular taster events for AFM Cultural Champions to find more about the museum’s exhibitions and collections. PHM also works with AFM on AFM led engagement projects, such the Heritage Lottery Funded ‘What I Used to Do’ project, which aims to explore and celebrate the working lives of Manchester’s older residents in residential care homes.
The Centre for British Politics (CBP) is based in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham. Established in 2008, the CBP promotes high quality research into British politics, develops new modes of understanding politics and encourages a better popular understanding of the subject. The CBP provides PHM with access to current academic research into British politics, which helps inform exhibitions and events at the museum. We have hosted a successful PhD together and co-organised a number of conferences.
creativetourist.com is an art and travel site, regularly featuring events and exhibitions at PHM. It began life in Manchester and is expanding across the north; it uncovers the best art and cultural events, and publishes insider guides to some of the UK’s most creative destinations.
PHM and the Labour History Archive & Study Centre are both long-standing members of the International Association of Labour History Institutions (IALHI). IAHLI is a partnership network of institutions across the globe, not just museums and archives but also libraries and research institutions, all of which specialise in labour movement history. By being a member, the museum and archive are able to more easily lend material from other members as well as loan to other members. It also affords us with a wider platform to publicise our projects and exhibitions and allows us to more easily disseminate information about our collections.
Manchester Histories (MH) is an independent charity with a mission to reveal, explore and celebrate the histories and heritage of Greater Manchester for the benefit, engagement and learning of individuals, communities, organisations and visitors. MH recognises the expertise within the community and works to uncover the hidden historical narratives that are of importance to the people of the city region. This is delivered through the production of the Manchester Histories Festival, the development of partnerships with key organisations such as PHM, and the management of a range of projects and activities throughout the year. PHM and MH are working together for 2019, the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre.
Undergraduate students at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) have worked closely with PHM for some years. Teams of History students on the Year 2 ‘History in Practice’ unit have gained real workplace experience by collaborating on a mutually agreed project which benefits the museum and students. Students have also used the Labour History Archive & Study Centre (LHASC) to inform and deliver an exhibition on aspects of the suffragette movement. There are also opportunities for MMU students to have guided tours of the LHASC, for example as part of the ‘Europe in Turmoil’ unit in Year 1, which looks at the General Strike.
PHM is part of a consortium of museums and galleries who work together on collaborative programming, marketing and advocacy for the sector. The consortium includes:
PHM is part of the Posters Subject Specialist Network (SSN) led by the V&A, London. SSNs are part of the Arts Council Renaissance programme for museums, bringing together groups of people with special expertise in a given subject area. They bring together the wider museums community to support the understanding, development and care of collections across England and the UK for the benefit of audiences. PHM has worked with the V&A to curate conferences and events as part of the SSN.
PHM has built a strong relationship with the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in order to maximise the research and educational potential of our varied museum and archive collections. Our partnership supports students from undergraduates throughout UCLan, who are taught using the unique material held in our museum and archive collections, to joint bids for PhD candidates. Outside of the lecture hall, students have also enjoyed the benefit of our partnership through work experience placements in the Labour History Archive & Study Centre (LHASC) and public relations students designing a communications campaign for the museum.
The complimentary collections of the PHM and Salford’s Working Class Movement Library (WCML) have made for a natural partnership between the two organisations; both are champions of working people’s movements and campaigns. As well as continuing to develop our complimentary collections of the Communist Party of Great Britain, our institutions have worked on the joint project, Unlocking Ideas Worth Fighting For. This collaboration researched, found and unlocked the hidden collections of both institutions and made links between them through a blog, tours, talks, events and exhibitions. Since the end of the project in July 2014, the two organisations have continued to work closely together. In October 2014, PHM and WCML were delighted their joint project Voting for Change received a funding grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Collecting Cultures programme. The project will build upon the complementary strengths of both collections to acquire material related to movements and campaigns for the franchise, from the build-up to the Peterloo protest in 1819 to the lowering of the voting age in 1969.
A group of museums and similar institutions or organisations concerned with the history of workers and industry, of which the People’s History Museum is a member. The aims of Worklab are to promote the collection, conservation and interpretation of working class culture, work processes and the labour movement, as well as providing a forum for communication, co-operation and exchange between museums and others concerned with workers’ history.
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