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“Peoples History ? ( a section of people)”

People's History Museum
Ranked #13 of 191 things to do in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed September 18, 2013

I have visited this museum on a number of occasions. Until recently I owned a flat in the Left Bank which looked down upon it. As a result I was able to observe the building of the rust clad extension to what was an old pump house (listed). The first time I visited the museum was four years ago before the extension was built. At that time it was nothing more than a glorified repository for defunct trade union banners. These have now in the main been consigned to storage elsewhere and have been replaced with more interesting artefacts, some of them interactive. There are a number of themes on the go from women's suffrage to war time Britain, all of them very interesting. The cafeteria is bright, clean and reasonably priced. The staff were helpful and enthusiastic.The museum has a very definite lean to the left politically speaking and in the main 'The People' as represented appear to be the down trodden masses throughout recent history. A more apt title may be 'The repressed down trodden people who rise up history museum'. On the whole well worth a visit particularly as it is free. There are also free buses to get you into Spinningfields one of them from Piccadilly train station.

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Reviewed September 16, 2013

As the title says, and I don't even like politics! Considering this is a small museum, it is packed with so much information and took us a good couple of hours to get round. The buiding itself is also interesing, being an old pump house (one of the pumps can be seen at the Museum of Science and Industry).

Thank grooveyem
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Reviewed September 15, 2013

A very interesting place to visit. we visited to enjoy an evening with an author and musician and a meal was included. Quite simplistic food but very tasty.

A great place for history buffs!

Thank HBread1
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Reviewed September 11, 2013

Off the wall concept. Differing floors take you through the various political movements of mainly the last 250 years. It totally works. Beware, on exit you may feel humbled. Recommended.

Thank HamersleyMob
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Reviewed September 8, 2013

This is such an amazing museum. While it's not particularly large the displays in the two permanent galleries are incredibly dense. Packed with artefacts and a surprising amount of interactive content considering the subject matter. The presentation is very modern and vibrant and quite evocative.

Whatever your current political leanings it really highlights how important this aspect of British history is and as a local I felt quite proud of the part this city has played in that history.

My five year old son loves it and surprised me by being quite interested a lot of the subject matter. His favourite part was crossing the picket line (I won't spoil it!) which he did a dozen times at least.

Nice location as well. Right on the river, you can walk up from near the Lowry Hotel where they have some cheaper (£5 or less all day) parking. And on the edge of the Spinningfields area if you fancy a bit to eat afterwards. We probably spent an hour there. I plan to return myself (without the kid) and take a little more time at some point.

I really can't recommend it enough. Absolutely on par with the more well known (and considerably larger) Museum of Science and Industry down the road.

Thank Ash W
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