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Donating Material

If you think you have archive material which you would like to give to the museum then please read the following notes carefully

Labour History Archive & Study Centre

All new acquisitions are brought before the Acquisitions Panel to be approved by the Collections Team; the panel meet every three weeks.  If the panel agrees to accept your kind offer, the Archivist will be in touch regarding the donation.

Whilst we greatly appreciate offers of material, please be aware that we cannot accept everything offered to us.  Please don’t be offended if we turn you down – we will try to help you to find the most suitable home for your donation.

Please feel free to contact the museum Archivist julie.parry@phm.org.uk to discuss any potential donations.  As a quick reference please refer to the guide below to see what we generally do and don’t collect.  Please note the archive only accepts donations and does not accept deposits or long-term loans.  We kindly request that items are not brought into the museum or posted without prior consultation with the Archivist.

Find out more about donating objects to the museum.

What we do collect

  • National Labour Party minutes, correspondence and papers
  • National Communist Party of Great Britain minutes, correspondence and papers
  • Pamphlets, journals and newspapers
  • General election material
  • Chartist material
  • Paper based material from political campaigns and groups (leaflets, correspondence, diaries, minutes)
  • Paper based material from political figures and other personal papers

What we don’t collect

  • Local Labour Party material
  • Trade union archive material
  • Manchester: general local history
  • Oral history: audio, transcripts etc
  • Books
  • Audiovisual material