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Summer 2017

  • Family Friendly summer holiday fun!
  • Queer Noise exhibition
  • National Portfolio success for PHM 
  • New look Left Bank cafe bar
23 August 2017, We are family! @ People's History Museum

Family Friendly summer holiday fun!

Join us every Wednesday afternoon and Make Your Mark!  Create a Fabric Flower, make some noise with Quiet Loner, and dream big weaving your own dream catcher.  You can also join a march to Peterloo, bring your very little ones to meet Matilda as she goes Under the Rainbow, and join story telling with Olly Pike of Pop’n’Olly.  Don’t miss our fantastic family fun day on Wednesday 23 August, as we team up with a host of cultural organisations to celebrate our personal identities and explore what it means to be unique.  Artist Paul Harfleet will be reading his autobiographical children's story Pansy Boy, and you can enjoy screen-printing, crafts, a green-screen interactive and much more!
  Queer Noise @ People's History Museum. Photo (R-L) Lee Baxter and David Hoyle outside Paradise Factory, 1993 © Dave Kendrick

Queer Noise: The History of LGBT+ Music & Club Culture in Manchester

On display until Sunday 10 September, Queer Noise is a community exhibition based on Manchester Digital Music Archive’s crowd-sourced online project of the same name.  It tells the story of how proudly queer musicians and clubbers in Greater Manchester helped to redefine attitudes towards sexuality across the city and beyond.  The exhibition features rarely seen material provided by Manchester Digital Music Archive’s online community.  Part of the museum’s Never Going Underground season exploring the past, present and future of LGBT+ activism.

In Manchester for Pride?  Visit PHM and join our celebrations!


Planning a summer holiday trip to PHM?  Check out our new wowcher deal!

Arts Council England, National Portfolio 2018-2022

National Portfolio success for PHM 

The museum is delighted to have been awarded National Portfolio funding from Arts Council England.  The National Portfolio includes organisations across England of all sizes and scales, with museums coming into the portfolio for the first time.  The National Portfolio funding will commence 1 April 2018 and run to 31 March 2022.  During this period PHM will take a leading role in some of the cultural anniversaries that have defined the lives of all.  In 2018 we will mark 100 years since women got the partial vote by reflecting and discussing the theme of representation.  This will follow in 2019 with the 200th anniversary of Peterloo, which saw the massacre of peaceful protestors in Manchester who were demonstrating for the right to vote.
  The Left Bank cafe bar @ People's History Museum

New look Left Bank cafe bar

After upcycling, recycling, stencilling and chalk-painting, our new look cafe bar is back open!  Pop in to The Left Bank cafe bar for breakfast, lunch, grab & go options and more.  The Left Bank is now even more Family Friendly, with new options on the menu for kids including a five-a-day picnic bag and smaller portions of the daily soup and stew.  Little ones can enjoy our new Family Friendly bags of fun to help them discover the museum, and children and adults alike can get creative at our chalkboard-topped tables!  After exploring the museum, treat yourself to a freshly made cake and a cuppa in a PHM mug – also available as a souvenir from the museum shop!  With veggie, vegan and gluten free options always available, there’s something delicious for everyone to enjoy.