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People's History Museum, Manchester
(4.4/5 based on 650+ reviews on the web)
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. Using our world travel planner, Manchester attractions like People's History Museum can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Easy to get there, free and the exhibits are interesting, interactive, moving and informative. The banners are must sees. 
  • A very interesting museum considering the cost to those who were "human cogs" in manchesters industrial machine, in terms of health and quality of life, of the rapid industrial progress of the 19th ce...  more »
  • We enjoyed this museum and it prompted us to talk about the nature of power, the class system, satire and how we felt about lots of modern issues. Very worthwhile. 
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  • One of the best museums in the country—whether or not you agree with the politics behind it, it's absolutely essential to understanding how and why the Labour and Conservative parties came to be, and the museum tells the story without preaching.
  • Really interesting histories on offer. The first floor gallery takes you through the British political climate from the early 18th century through to the modern day, in an interesting and interactive way ( albeit possibly slightly information dense)
  • The museum is a dynamic place, with some striking work going on to preserve beautiful and resonant banners representing the proud history of the Trades Unions. The presentation is balanced and seems to be aimed at younger audiences.
  • I came here for the CAMRA beer festival and unfortunately did not wonder around the museum itself, however first impressions are good, it is clean and open with plenty of interesting things to read about even just coming through the entrance hall. They also have a bar with canal side outdoor seating which is nice on a warm day.
  • This has to be my favorite museum. I visit every few months and still find new and interesting exhibits. The story it tells, the story of people's struggle for basic rights and the vote, is one which must be preserved and told again and again. They have preserved many unique and irreplaceable items, including the original minutes of the first meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party and Michael Foot's famous Remembrance Sunday jacket. By no stretch of the imagination is this a donkey jacket! Just goes to show that you can't always trust what you read in the papers! The staff are helpful and thoroughly engaged with the museum and its aims. The restaurant is a great place to enjoy a light meal or a drink, and the view (even for someone like me who doesn't like cityscapes) is very pleasant. Sign on as "Radical" and enjoy a discount there and in the bookshop.