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People’s History Museum

The People’s History Museum in Manchester is the national museum of democracy. We aim to engage, inspire and inform diverse audiences by showing ‘there have always been ideas worth fighting for’.

The People’s History Museum’s collection relates to the history of working people in Britain.

Explore our collection highlights slideshow above. Click on the image or title to find out more about our top ten objects which all feature in the main galleries.

This pamphlet is from the papers of Labour MP Ron Leighton, a chairman of the Common Market Safeguards Committee. The committee was an all-party group of MPs opposed to British membership of the Common Market.

Since its creation in 1958, approaches towards the European Common Market, later European Economic Community and European Union has been a central feature of British foreign and economic policy. Until the late 1980s the Labour party focused on nationalisation and protectionism and the European Community was seen by some in the party as an exploitative common market supporting capitalist domination over working people. From the late 1980s under the leadership of Neil Kinnock, John Smith and later Tony Blair, the party gradually changed their attitude towards the community, especially with regards the protection it offered to working people and consumers.

Visit the museum and join a march through time following the development of democracy in Britain over two centuries.

The museum is open every day from 10.00am to 5.00pm, including bank holidays.  On the second Thursday of the month, the museum is open from 10.00am to 8.00pm.  We are closed on 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January.

Admission to the museum is free to all, donations are gratefully received.  Most of our events are also free.  Sometimes there will be a nominal charge for events but this will be clearly marked.  Our events programme offers something to enjoy for visitors of all ages and abilities; check out what’s on at the museum for more information.

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Q Cancellation of Service

Please note event attendees must arrive at least ten minutes before the start time of the event, otherwise their booked space will be given to someone on the reserve list
Please contact the museum as soon as possible if you wish to cancel your reservation so your place can be given to another visitor
For further information please contact the museum on 0161 838 9190 or email events@phm.org.uk

Q Cost of Service

Cost In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation. Suggested donation £3
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Q Directions & Parking

By bike: Bike racks are located outside The Left Bank cafe bar entrance on Bridge Street. Visit Transport for Greater Manchester cycling pages for more information on cycling in Manchester
Rail stations:
- Salford Central (2 min walk)
- Manchester Victoria (15 min walk or 8 mins on free Metroshuttle 1 or 2)
- Manchester Piccadilly (20 min walk or 10 mins on free Metroshuttle 1, 2 or 3)
- Manchester Oxford Road (20 min walk or 10 mins on free Metroshuttle 2 or 3)
Metrolink stations:
- St Peter’s Square (10 min walk)
- Deansgate-Castlefield (15 min walk)
Bus stop (1, 8, 12, 25, 26, 31, 32, 36, 37, 50, X34): Bridge Street (2 min walk)
Free Metroshuttle stop:
- No 1: Byrom Street (3 min walk)
- No 2: John Rylands Library, Deansgate (4 min walk)
- No 3: Byrom Street in peak times only; Mon-Fri, 7.25am – 9.30am & 4.30pm – 7.20pm (3 min walk) / John Dalton Street (5 min walk)
Visit Transport for Greater Manchester Metroshuttle pages for more information
Car parks: New Quay Street, Spinningfields/Bridge Street (2-5 min walk)

1 Review for People's History Museum

Cheska J

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For the people, by the the people!

5/ 5

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From the name itself, you’ll know it’s made by the people for the people — definitely screaming democracy! I’m a huge geek for ideas and this museum doesn’t let you down as the work they presents you with the thought that ideas are truly worth fighting for. Come to think of it, innovation and improvement of a society comes from new ideas and good analysis right? This museum provides you with good insight as to the British working population.

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