People's History Museum
People's History Museum
4.5
Speciality Museums • Children's Museums • History Museums
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The People's History Museum (PHM) is the national museum of democracy, telling the story of its development in Britain: past, present and future. The museum provides opportunities for people of all ages to learn about, be inspired by and get involved in ideas worth fighting for; ideas such as equality, social justice, co-operation, and a fair world for all. PHM offers a powerful annual programme exploring the past, present and future.
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Ziyi
2 contributions
Jan 2023 • Solo
So touched! 😭😭 So touched! ! !
At the People's History museum in Manchester City, before I was about to leave, I dropped my credit card😭. Just as I was anxiously looking for, locking the card, and preparing to report the loss and replace it, Ms. Serpil from the museum asked me if I had lost a bank card, and then miraculously found it back! ! ! !
It’s really taught me a lesson😭, thanks Ms. Serpil. I do recommend to come to this People’s History Museum when you come to Manchester City in the future. Great praise! !

太感动了!😭😭太感动了!!!
在曼城的People‘s History museum,准备走之前,我把信用卡掉了😭。正当我 焦急的寻找、锁卡,准备挂失补办的时候,博物馆的Serpil女士问我是不是丢了一张银行卡,然后就奇迹般的找回来了!!!!
是真的是teach me a lesson😭,感谢Serpil 女士,以后来曼城一定要来这个People’s History Museum博物馆。大大的好评!!
Written January 23, 2023
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Hi Ziyi Thank you so much for your kind feedback. I and all the Visitor Experience Team are very happy to help our visitors. We hope to welcome you to our museum in the future again. Kind regards, Serpil Lindsay - Visitor Experience Assistant
Written January 27, 2023
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tashiepl
Dagenham, UK208 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
This is a great place if you love a bit of history. It offers great insights into the history of trade unionism and workers' rights. There was so much to see and hear and it was presented in a fun and interactive way, so that it really works for visitors young and old.
Entry is free, but you can leave a donation - we did as we really enjoyed spending an hour or so here. There is a small gift shop and a cafe too that overlooks the canal.
Written September 25, 2022
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Thank you very much for your positive review. We're happy to hear that you had a great time at the museum and that you found our collections interesting and fun at the same time. We hope we have inspired you with our ideas worth fighting for. Sara Ferri - Visitor Experience Supervisor
Written September 25, 2022
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helenandpaul13
Worcester, UK1,537 contributions
Jan 2022
I visited here with my wife this week. It is situated right in the centre of the city but there is a car park right opposite if you can find a space. At the door there is a machine for suggested donations of £5, which is very reasonable, but entrance is free of charge. The museum is on two floors with a cafe on the ground floor and a research floor below ground level.

You start own the first floor which has history dating back from the 18th and 19th centuries and the fight for workers rights, the fight for union recognition and the suffrage movement. On the second floor the history looks at the Labour movement and the fight for workers rights between the Labour and Tory governments right up to the present day.

There are commentaries, posters and other objects telling visitors about the fight for workers right going back to the industrial revolution and it makes on realise what a fight the working class continue to have as those in power continue to oppress them.

Excellent piece of social commentary. The museum looks larger from the outside, but what a wonderful was to kill a morning or an afternoon. An absolute must for anyone with an interest in the fabric of social history. The cafe on the ground floor is exceptional too, just don't try the Karma Cola as it tastes dreadful.
Written January 27, 2022
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Hi helenandpaul13, Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us such a positive and detailed review! We are really happy to hear that you enjoyed the museum and its content, especially since our aim is to tell and promote ideas worth fighting for. We hope to see you again at People's History Museum. Sara Ferri - Visitor Experience Supervisor
Written February 14, 2022
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Calum
Dunfermline, UK4 contributions
Oct 2021 • Friends
I cannot stress how good this was. As someone who can take or leave museums this one hit the mark very well!

It had a great mix of history (pre 1945) and modern (post 1945) and both carry their own merits. Some may enjoy one more than others like me.

I found the post 45 section more interesting, particularly how everything since WW2 has played into British politics. How different conflicts and ideologies have played out and how all of them have had a different affect.

Very interesting, particularly growing up and hearing about the welfare state, Thatcher, miners strikes etc. But also things like apartheid and communism!

If I was going to recommend a museum for people to visit in Manchester it’d be this one.
Written October 28, 2021
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Hi C_T_3006! What a lovely review, thank you so much! I'm really glad to hear that although you're not a massive museum buff, you still enjoyed your visit to the national museum of democracy. Hopefully you got to see some of our current special exhibitions such as #WELCOME? (Thursday 3 December 2020 to Sunday 9 January 2022), More in Common: in memory of Jo Cox (Wednesday 19 May 2021 to Sunday 24 April 2022), Vanished Streets: an exhibition of photographs of lost Jewish Manchester from the 1970s by Shloimy Alman (Wednesday 20 October 2021 to Sunday 16 January 2022) or Migration: a human story (Wednesday 25 August 2021 to Sunday 24 April 2022). If not, make sure you come back for another visit before they're gone! Hope to see you again soon and thanks again. Callum - Visitor Experience Supervisor
Written November 8, 2021
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Kirky
Green Hammerton, UK282 contributions
Mar 2020
Housed in a former pumping station, the museum consists of two rather gloomy halls containing largely banners and posters connected to, for example, human rights and labour movements and issues. I visited mainly to find out more about the Peterloo massacre of 1819 that happened in the city but, remarkably, there were just a couple of brief panels and no authenticated artefects. The highlights - and I use the term loosely - are a Spitting Image puppet of John Prescott and Michael Foot's donkey jacket. Says it all; I was through in 30 mins.

By the way, the car park on Bridge Street, is literally just over the road but costs £6 for two hours. It took me 15 mins to acquire a ticket too because of misleading instructions and faulty machinery. Grrrr! Not the best start to my visit!
Written March 10, 2020
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Hello Paul, We really appreciate you taking the time to leave a review. Firstly, what a nightmare way to start your day I’m sorry to hear it started you off on the wrong foot! If you ever visit the museum again, it may be worth noting that we are only a two minute walk from Salford Central train station and a fifteen minute walk from St Peter's Square tram stop. I’m also disappointed to hear that you didn’t enjoy your time on our galleries. With regards to Peterloo, we did have a major exhibition called Disrupt? Peterloo & Protest (23 March 2019 - 23 February 2020) which ran over the last year containing artefacts from the event, a specially commissioned film and examples of modern day protest – this ended in February so you will have just missed it. On our website you will find lots of information about the exhibition as well as our specially commissioned film. In regards to your comment concerning a lack of authenticated artefacts, many of the artefacts you will find within Main Gallery One in our Peterloo section are actually authenticated and we have provenance for many of these. For example, the sabres used by the yeomanry, the pike, and other commemorative memorabilia such as the handkerchief and medals. We really hope this experience hasn’t put you off visiting our reopened museum in the future. So for details regarding current and upcoming events and exhibitions make sure to check out the PHM website! Callum - Visitor Services
Written September 14, 2020
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LauraDaveJames
Solihull, UK3,798 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
The museum is free to enter. We didn’t enjoy this museum as much as we had hoped and expected. We felt that they tried to cover too many subjects in too small a space. We left feeling that nothing was dealt with in sufficient depth.
Written April 30, 2022
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Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We're sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy the museum as much as you had expected. PHM is the home of ideas worth fighting for and our collections are designed to reflect all the battles that led to democracy in the past two centuries. We know that it is difficult to cover all the subjects in detail, as they are all very relevant, but we hope we can inspire people with our stories and give our visitors food for thought. We hope to see you again at People's History Museum. Sara Ferri - Visitor Experience Supervisor
Written May 1, 2022
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kellyfries
Manchester, UK13 contributions
Jul 2021 • Solo
Brilliant discovery today. Well laid out, absolutely stuffed full of exhibits and memorabilia. Great selection of displays - both permanent and temporary. I particularly enjoyed the exhibits around 19th and 20th century politics, and the fight for equality. I’ve not seen so many banners in any museum or exhibition and the detail from the conservators on each one really was a nice touch. Thoroughly recommend the museum - and if you’re lucky enough to speak with Callum he’s a mine of information, very polite and a great advocate for the museum.
Written July 23, 2021
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Hi kellyfries. Thanks so much for the five star review and for your compliments; it was really nice speaking with you. I'm really glad to hear that you enjoyed your day at People's History Museum. As the national museum of democracy we pride ourselves on displaying an array of historical objects and highlighting inspiring stories of ideas worth fighting for. Do come back and visit us again soon. As I explained to you in person, the best place to find out what's on at the museum is on our website. Thanks again, Callum - Visitor Services
Written July 24, 2021
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TJ Lewis
Crawley, UK39 contributions
Jul 2022
I visited last year with a friend. This year, I visited with my parents who have never been to Manchester before. I felt it was slightly more interactive this year- due to easing of the COVID restrictions.

This time, there was an exhibition of art by neurodivergent and disabled artists. There were also disability rights groups in the hall that day. I also went to see the Peterloo mural by Axel Void, on the side of the museum.
Written July 24, 2022
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Thank you very much for your positive review. We are very happy that you enjoyed the opening of our new exhibition and that you got to know the artists in person. ‘Until it looks like this' displays some works from Venture Arts, a Manchester based visual art organisation, which supports learning disabled and neurodivergent artists. This is part of the museum’s programme of the year, ‘Nothing About Us Without Us’, which explores the theme of disabled people’s rights and activism. We hope to see you once more at the People’s History Museum. Sara Ferri - Visitor Experience Supervisor
Written July 25, 2022
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Burgundy
20 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
I am going to write about this from the perspective of someone with quite young children (6 years old) as I saw a couple of reviews but they were quite some time ago.

In terms of our day and the exciting considerations I have as a parents of young kids! The travel is fine.Get tram to exchange square and the arndale centre is right next to the stop. There are decent public toilets just inside. The walk from there is fairly easy along mainly straight roads, and about ten minutes without too much traffic to get to the museum.

In the museum there were activity sheets given out by the staff along with a pencil to tick off symbols seen on the many banners inside the museum. My sons enjoyed this a lot and it gave me a little bit of a chance to speak to them about the very basics of what they were looking at.

If your children want to do some colouring in or reading there is a section where they can do that. There is an interactive game where they press buttons to simulate boxing up matches which they enjoyed.

After finishing there are plenty of options around for food for lunch, including the Arndale if you want to walk back across to get the tram.

At 5/6 years old museums can be tricky because they will only absorb so much but the museum had done well to keep them engaged in the day and we spent about an hour inside and they were happy with their visit.

It’s hard to expect to be able to get as much personally from the museum whilst managing children (it never is) but the my sons enjoyed themselves, I felt they got the first little ideas about the history of various struggles in the past. It’s a good place to go if you want children to get their first real idea about life and politics without it being boring or too heavy.

Finally, the staff- as ever- were lovely and helpful. Treated the children really well and were friendly. They obviously work very hard doing loads of different jobs during their days and clearly do it with huge enthusiasm.

So I hope that’s helpful for anyone in the same boat as me wondering if they should visit with children about 5/6; the summary being, yes- it is well set up for young kids. You’ll enjoy it and you may find the little cogs in their brain whir around afterwards with some of the snippets they have gleaned from walking around.
Written June 5, 2022
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Thank you so much for such a positive, highly detailed review. We're glad that you mentioned all our family-friendly activities. At People's History Museum we aim for people of all ages to learn about, be inspired by, as well as getting involved in ideas worth fighting for. Our Learning Team is constantly working on activities that are entertaining for both kids and adults. We pride ourselves on being a family-friendly museum, where everyone can enjoy themselves as well as learn about their past. We're also pleased to hear that you found our staff friendly and approachable. Our Visitor Experience team is making a constant effort to engage with and create a memorable experience for visitors of all ages. We hope to see you again at People's History Museum. Sara Ferri - Visitor Experience Supervisor
Written June 9, 2022
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Im Gay
1 contribution
Jan 2020
This watered down and depoliticized look at the Labour movement lacks nuance and depth and tries to make up for them by overwhelming visitors with way too much visual clutter everywhere. It doesn’t go into any detail when it comes to describing the different schools of thought or the internal development of the movement (Marx and Engels were only mentioned once or twice and then completely ignored). No analysis of the present and future of the labour movement was given. Neoliberalism and it’s effects were cut out. The choice of products in the book shop also shows lack of appreciation for the classics. While some interesting books on Race and LGBT+ issues were offered, Marx and Bakunin (or any actually radical contemporary authors) were nowhere to be found. I hope the £10 I donated will go towards making this Museum a more bold and radical place.
Written January 18, 2020
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