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“UNDERSTAND MANCHESTER'S INDUSTRIAL ROOTS” 5 of 5 stars
Review of People's History Museum

People's History Museum
Bridge St., Manchester M3 3ER, England
44 161 839 6061
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Ranked #18 of 120 attractions in Manchester
Type: History Museums
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This history museum chronicles the lives of Manchester's working people during the past one hundred years.
Bath, United Kingdom
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“UNDERSTAND MANCHESTER'S INDUSTRIAL ROOTS”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

This museum traces the story of workers lives in Manchester from the start of the Industrial Revolution to the present day - fascinating and revealing exhibition putting the City's industrial heritage into perspective and championing the generations of workers who made it all possible.

Visited December 2012
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Southport, United Kingdom
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“A Must Visit for those interested in social history.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

This is a modern museum that has artifacts relating to social history. A must visit for any social science student or if your interested in the various people struggles. Ranges from 1600 to present day.

Visited December 2012
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“Uninteresting for non-Brits”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

Really small museum and i think it's a little boring for non-brits. It's good that it's free but there is nothing amazing or interesting that i felt like i wasted my time. Still, there is space for kids and nice samples for working conditions from 1800s.

Visited August 2012
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Stockport, United Kingdom
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“Fight for the common man”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

The Peoples museum, designed by architect Henery Price
and was built on the site of a former pump house which once
supplied water, driving machinery in Manchester, and included
the town hall clock. This relatively small but interesting museum
charting the story of democracy in Britain - and ordinary peoples
lives at work and leisure over the past 200 years. Subjects
covered, amongst others are - The Peterloo Massacre, 19th
century unionism, women's suffrage, the 1945 general election
and football. The museum specialises in banner conservation,
and has a collection of 400 banners - the oldest having being
made in 1821. A selection of these are on display throughout
the galleries, but mainly in the upper gallery where a banner
conservation studio can be viewed through a window. There
are various artefacts of interest with room sets and video
displays. Also on display are a small selection of puppets
including some by Fluck & Law as used in T.V.'s
"Spitting Image ".
This is a child friendly museum and has interactive
activities for younger visitor, however, I would suggest that
the older child would perhaps appreciate the exhibits more -
having said that, I saw two young children having fun with
a giant snakes & ladders on the ground floor. Also on the
ground floor is the museum shop, toilets including facilities
for the disabled & baby changing. The pump house hall
adjoining the new building is used for talks, conferences
etc., and next to this is a room where exhibitions which change
periodically are held.The museum is free to enter and
recommended on it's own or as part of a museum tour -
the MOSI museum is only a short distance away where you can
see the water pump which once resided in the pump hall.

If the political theme of the museum is not to your taste, then I
can strongly recommend "The Left Bank Cafe Bar" situated on
the right as you enter the the museum, where we had a sublime
warm, freshly-carved ham & honey mustard (large) sandwich
and some delicious cake, and if this was representative of food
in general, I wouId pop in and give it a try!.There is comfortable
seating overlooking the river and is open for breakfast, and
serves food until 5 pm.

Visited December 2012
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Hertford, United Kingdom
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“Good insight into workers rights”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

Interesting subject, gritty, lovely display of banners. Would be well suited to children interested in social history. Good gift shop with unusual stuff for sale.

Visited November 2012
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