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Spring 2014

  • New changing exhibition
  • Half Term family fun
  • Museums at Night 2014: What if…?
  • Best Friends at NFM
National Union of Railwaymen Hither Green banner © People's History Museum

A Land Fit For Heroes: War and the Working Class 1914-1918

Visit our new changing exhibition opening on Saturday 24 May, running until Sunday 1 February 2015.  A Land Fit For Heroes will examine how the war changed society, radically altering the social, economic, cultural and political outlook of the British people.  It will look at why people supported the war (and those that didn’t), the role that women played in the war effort, how home life was radically changed, the influence the war had on politics and the labour movement and life after the war.  The exhibition is supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and is also part of the First World War Centenary Programme.
  28 May 2014, Drawing On The Past @ People's History Museum

Half Term family fun

Looking for something to do with the family over Half Term?  Be the first to see our new changing exhibition A Land Fit For Heroes opening on Saturday 24 May and create your own artistic response at our week long craft table.  Take inspiration from the illustrations, posters and cartoons in the exhibition and work with an artist to create your own artwork at our Drawing On The Past workshop.  You can also bring your very little ones to our story session Under the Rainbow and help Matilda solve clues to get to the end of the rainbow and find what she is looking for.

Join our Politics in Sport Festival on Saturday 14 June; talks, displays, object handling and political fun and games


What’s your favourite object at PHM? Check out our slideshow with highlights from the collection

Museums at Night

Museums at Night 2014: What if…?

What would have happened if the Cato Street Conspirators had succeeded in their plot?  What if the Chartist petition had been successful?  What if the suffragettes had failed to get votes for women?  What if Thatcher had lost the 1979 election?  Join us on Thursday 15 May, 5.00pm – 8.00pm to find out the answers to these questions and more in our interactive exploration into alternative histories for Museums at Night 2014.  Follow our blog and swat up on your hypothetical history before joining our tour guides as they weave tall tales and ask you to imagine what might have been...
  George Best and Malcolm Wagner prepare for a photoshoot, 1968 © Mirrorpix

Best Friends at NFM

On what would have been his 68th birthday, join some of George Best's closest friends and colleagues for an evening of stories and memories of football's first superstar.  Just a short walk from PHM the event will take place at the National Football Museum on Thursday 22 May, chaired by the man who managed Manchester United and George Best after Sir Matt Busby, Wilf McGuinness.  Alongside Wilf will be George’s Manchester United team-mate Paddy Crerand and Manchester City midfielder Mike Summerbee.  George’s personal hairdresser and close friend Malcolm Wagner and friend and business partner Stewart Beckett will also be sharing memories of a Manchester football icon.