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People's History Museum, Manchester

(4.3/5 based on 750+ 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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  • Museum basucamente of photos, banners, brochures, which tells the story of the evolution of the person of subject to citizen and the claiming of social rights. A little labyrinthine, but interesting to see.
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  • Centuries of popular struggles and the civil rights movement are housed in this Museum a must see. We start from far away, from the early 19th century, and then it passes through all historical periods until the 2000. I was fascinated by the reconstruction of the little shop of a cooperative and from videos on cookies production factories in 1930 as well as other factories between Manchester and Newcastle. Situated on two floors, the first is up to 1945, the other up to the present day. Sympathetic to the entrance a chance to punch out with a machine of yore. That beats even the times of the workday of "working class hero". If you have conservative sympathies is not suitable for you, nay come anyway!
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  • Recently visited the Peoples History museum....lots of interesting items there ...a wonderful interactive piece telling the story of 5 generations of a family....their living conditions eg a little gi...  more »
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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.