People's History Museum, Manchester

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Learn about the history of the UK's working people at People's History Museum. View photographs, print, and objects, which tell the story of democracy in Britain, as well as the history of ordinary people's lives at home, work, and leisure over the last 200 years. Visit exhibits documenting such topics as popular radicalism, the Peterloo Massacre, 19th-century trade unionism, and the women's suffrage movement. Add People's History Museum and other attractions to your Manchester trip itinerary using our Manchester vacation planner.
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  • An amazing museum that traces England's fight for democracy and economic justice. Exhibits include the fight for suffrage, better pay and working critics, the British Communist Party, the Peterloo Mas...  more »
  • Great place to learn about the history of the working people. Really interesting hands on place. Want to know how we got the vote? Suffragettes, unions, the welfare state? Tells the history of the las...  more »
  • Amazing free museum! It has some fantastic items and covers the history of working people and social movements. One of my favourite museums in the UK! Lots of hands on activities for kids too. Great g...  more »
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  • Great hour spent exploring the exhibition on the first floor. I feel like I've really learnt something today. To understand how this country became as good as it has, you first need to appreciate the pressure that groups of individuals have put on subsequent governments to improve the status quo over the past 250 years. A brilliant and well put together exhibition. I'll be back next week for the second floor...
  • Excellent museum about Manchester from the point of view of the people. Lots of material about unions, civil rights. Free entry. Very good tea in the cafe.
  • Based in a grade II-listed building that once was designed as a pumping station, this museum is even worth a visit if you don't care about its exhibitions. But do, they're good.
  • Sadly this museum didn't live up to its promise. As one of the central cities of the industrial revolution I would have expected quite a dramatic, or at least more accessible exhibitions. They were neither. A chaotic agglomeration of unrelated exhibits, and a forest of text that would require several hours to make each exhibit understandable. It also appears that much of the People's History since 1945 refers to LGBT politics, which whilst I was glad to see it covered, it seemed over emphasized. The lift entreated me to walk up the stairs for green reasons, yet the cafe put all rubbish in the same bin and sold bottles of water -very ungreen!
  • Fantastic place to visit in central Manchester, with fun activities and exhibitions. Great food and coffee in the restaurant

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