The People’s History Museum provides a space to explore contemporary issues through marginalised voices, telling the story of the past, present and future of democracy.

The museum is home to Britain’s largest collection of political material, including sashes, posters, prints, badges, medals and personal political possessions. There is also a vast collection of ceramics, photography and political papers to peruse. Around 15,000 objects and 400 banners showcase the struggle for equity and equality dating as far back as the Peterloo Massacre in Manchester in 1819.

As well as a rolling programme of exhibitions and events, the museum has shifted from a museum about campaigning to a museum that campaigns, working with 'Together With Refugees' against the Nationality and Borders Bill and joining 350 organisations to oppose the Police, Crime, Courts and Sentencing Bill, both introduced in 2022.

The museum is particularly interested in inspiring the next generation to be active citizens, getting involved with ideas such as social justice, cooperation and creating a fair world for all. Through their innovative projects, exhibitions and collections, the museum questions what has led to the freedoms we have today and what still needs to be done to achieve a better, more equal future.

People's History Museum is a finalist for Art Fund Museum of the Year 2022.

People's History Museum

Free to all

Left Bank, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M3 3ER

0161 838 9190


Opening times

Daily, 10am – 5pm

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