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Shop Item of the Month 2015

December 2015

S L Scott print range
Various Prices

‘OS L Scott printsur Item of the Month for December is the gorgeous print range from local artist, S L Scott.  Having stocked her greeting cards since July we have recently added the range of prints to our shelves.

Incorporating distinctive landmarks from our city as well as iconic symbols such as the Manchester bee, S L Scott has created these striking skylines and collages.  Available in various sizes and styles, these prints would create a perfect Christmas gift for anyone with a fondness for Manchester.’
Mike Prescott, Senior Gallery Assistant (Retail)

November 2015

The 1842 General Strike by Mark Krantz

The 1842 General Strike by Mark Krantz‘There’s a reason Rise Like Lions is a best seller in our shop.  Concise, passionate, and powerfully written, it truly inspires us in the present to be just as radical as those who gathered on St Peter’s Fields, 196 years ago.  Though The 1842 General Strikediscusses events that happened 23 years after Peterloo, it serves as a sequel to Rise Like Lions - we begin to see what happens when the ‘Peterloo strategy of mass repression’, as Krantz calls it, ceases to work.

The 1842 General Strike was the pinnacle of the Chartist movement, which had dominated the lives of the British working classes for ten years.  Most factory workers and labourers at this point were loyal to the Chartist movement, and when the second petition failed in parliament in May 1842, it was decided that action needed to be taken.

The length is perfect; Krantz gives just enough for us to want to go and find out more about the General Strike of 1842 – and what happened before and after.  I personally was straight out of my desk chair and up into the galleries, looking out for anything I could see on the Strike, and indeed the Chartists.  Though this pamphlet is a snapshot of one moment in history, the connections he makes to before and after reminds us that there were always, and will always be, ideas worth fighting for.’
Helen Antrobus, Business Development Officer

October 2015

Pank-A-Squith boardgame

Pank-a-Squith boardgame‘The film Suffragette, released on 12 October 2015, was a powerful reminder of the fight for women’s suffrage.  The film tells of the events at the height of the struggle, which took place in the early 20th century.  Emmeline Pankhurst, leader of the WSPU, encouraged suffragettes to employ militant tactics in order for their voices to be heard by parliament.

In 1909, the game Pank-A-Squith was released by the WSPU.  It was a popular game; some squares meant you had to go back, others forward, all racing towards parliament.  The title illustrates the battle between Herbert Henry Asquith, Prime Minister of the day, and Emmeline Pankhurst.

You can see the original game on display in the museum in Main Gallery One.  Good news for all suffragette fans – you can now buy the game, alongside lots of other suffragette goodies in the shop!’
Helen Antrobus, Business Development Officer

September 2015

Enamel worker bee badge

Enamel bee badges by Manchester Bee Company‘Throughout September, the shop will be celebrating all things Manchester, with books, mugs, crafts and cards!  Stay tuned for some fun activities and events coming up.  We’ve chosen this enamel worker bee badge as not only is it beautifully made, it’s an incredible symbol of Manchester.  We think every Mancunian should be wearing one as a symbol of pride!

The Manchester Bee Company provides the museum shop with all sorts of Manchester bee goodies, including mugs, cards, and button badges, and we absolutely love it all, as do our visitors!  Visit the shop or email us on if you are interested in any of our products.’
Helen Antrobus, Business Development Officer

August 2015

Rise Like Lions by Mark Krantz

Rise Like Lions by Mark Krantz‘August sees the anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre, an event that shaped the course of reform in England in the 19th century.  On 16 August 1819, tens of thousands of people gathered in St Peter’s Fields, Manchester, to peacefully demonstrate for Parliamentary Reform and to listen to the famed orator of the day, Henry Hunt, speak.  Chaos subsequently ensued when local magistrates sent in yeomanry (allegedly drunk) to deal with the crowd – killing 18 and injuring over 600 people.  The tragedy of Peterloo was a defining moment of the century – it raised huge awareness for the working class struggle and the need for radical change.

The museum is only a short walk from where the massacre itself took place 196 years ago.  Amongst our collections, we have on display several objects from Peterloo, including a printed handkerchief commemorating the massacre, carried by those who supported the demonstration.

Rise Like Lions by Mark Krantz is an excellent primer for those who want to learn more about Peterloo.  Not only focussing on the event itself, Krantz puts the massacre in its historical context and discusses the events building up to the demonstration.  The pamphlet is nice and consice, an easy read, but immensely powerful.  Krantz truly demonstrates how the fight for democracy and equality is yet to end.  Through discussing the events of Peterloo, Krantz inspires us in the present to be just as radical as those who gathered on St Peter’s Fields, 196 years ago.’
Helen Antrobus, Business Development Officer

July 2015

Show Me the Money: The Image of Finance, 1700 to the Present exhibition book

Show Me the Money exhibition bookShow Me the Money is the museum’s new changing exhibition.  Curated by Peter Knight, Nicky Marsh and Paul Crosthwaite, the exhibition documents the history of finance and the story of how money has been interpreted through powerfully visual works dating from the 18th century to the contemporary.
The accompanying exhibition book, edited by the curators and published by Manchester University Press, tells the same story and is a perfect guide to our latest exhibition, and is an excellent opportunity to explore in depth the satirical and gripping pieces of art that you’ll find in the exhibition.  Beautifully designed and fascinating to read, this book is a must for all who love Show Me the Money at the People’s History Museum.’
Helen Antrobus, Business Development Officer



June 2015

Mary Wollstonecraft print by graffiti artist Stewy

Mary Wollstonecraft print © Stewy‘June is our Month of Mary!  Mary Wollstonecraft is known as the first feminist, and one of our Radical Heroes.  She was a pioneer for women’s rights and set up schools to improve their education.  Her radical ideas made her an unpopular figure amongst her contemporaries, but she is now revered as the woman who kickstarted the fight for women’s rights.
This print, by the brilliant graffiti artist and PHM Patron Stewy, is a print of the actual stencil that lives on the side of her old house in Newington Green, London.
The museum is currently running a Crowdfunder campaign to #GetMary sponsored, giving her the recognition and acknowledgement she deserves.  Find out more about the campaign and how you can help us #GetMary.
This signed, limited edition print is £150, however we do also stock miniature versions in the form of a lovely greeting card… for only £2.50!’
Helen Antrobus, Business Development Assistant


**Crowdfunder campaign to #GetMary ended on 16 July 2015**

May 2015

Manchester Bee Company items

Manchester Bee Company items‘Our shop stocks some brilliant bits and bobs, but the Manchester Bee Company items are definitely up there with my favourites. Any locals will know that the worker bee is a symbol of our hard working nature. The bee symbol comes from the Industrial Revolution, when Manchester was a hive of activity and industry. Learn more about Manchester’s involvement in the revolution on Main Gallery One.’
Helen Antrobus, Business Development Assistant

Various prices



April 2015

Politics And The English Language by George Orwell

Politics And The English Language by George Orwell, 1944‘As relevant an essay today as when it was first published in Horizon magazine in 1944. I would regard it as one of the finest of the 20th century. It concerns the slovenliness of both speech and writing that is, in part, borne out of a fear or reluctance to face unpalatable truths. This was a constant theme in Orwell’s writing following his return from Spain in 1937 where he had been fighting in the Spanish Civil War.’
Darren Treadwell, Archive Assistant




March 2015

Deeds Not Words print by illustrator Lindsey Vigurs

Deeds Not Words © Lindsey Vigurs‘As part of the fantastic Wonder Women festival in Manchester this month, Creative Tourist commissioned illustrator Lindsey Vigurs to design and create a limited edition print inspired by the suffragette movement. She has used the sophisticated suffragette colours of violet, green and white alongside metallic gold as the background to the slogan ‘Deeds not words’, printed in a handwritten style. The poster has a sense of urgency that reminds us that even though it is almost 100 years since British women were first granted the (partial) right to vote, we still haven’t reached the end of the long road to equality. We are delighted to have this powerful print available in the museum shop, especially as the print is a limited edition run of of only 100 numbered prints – a unique souvenir or gift!’
Liane Johnson, Commercial Income Officer

- £20 unframed
- £35 framed

Join our fabulous Wonder Women season of events celebrating the achievements of women.

February 2015

The Election by Eleanor Levenson & Marek Jagucki

The Election by Eleanor Levenson & Marek Jagucki‘My niece’s fifth birthday is coming up, so I thought I’d take inspiration from the museum’s shop. I was delighted to find this beautifully illustrated book, giving a really simple explanation of what an election is, told from a family’s point of view. The Election provides an ideal introduction to the concepts of democracy, elections and voting for all our very little visitors! You can enjoy the book in the Family Friendly Bags in our current exhibition Election! Britain Votes, on show until Sunday 28 June 2015. Illustrations from the book are also available in the exhibition and in The Left Bank cafe bar for visitors to colour in.’
Daisy Nicholson, Marketing & Development Officer




January 2015

Penguin Great Ideas range

Penguin Great Ideas range‘With the museums motto being ‘There have always been ideas worth fighting for’, I’ve chosen the Penguin Great Ideas range of books for my item of the month.  The range includes the works of many great thinkers and radicals from Tom Paine and Mary Wollstonecraft to George Orwell and Karl Marx (all of whom can be found on our main galleries).  There are 20 to collect, each with an attractively designed cover.  Not only do these books provide an insight into the great minds of history, they also make a very beautiful addition to any book case.’
Helen Raynerd, Volunteer

£4.99 each