People's History Museum

People's History Museum

There have always been ideas worth fighting for. Join a march through time following Britain's struggle for democracy over two centuries

The main story of the museum is told in two purpose built galleries located on the first and second floor. The galleries have been divided into seven themes and roughly follow a chronological order over the last 200 years. The story starts with the Peterloo Massacre of 1819 and ends in the present day. It covers electoral reform, revolution, workers, voting rights, citizens, time off and banners.

The museum also houses major exhibitions relating to themes such as elections, finance, strikes and other social issues. The rolling programme changes regularly as do the education offerings which the museum offers.


The museum offers an inspiring Learning Programme for early years, primary schools, secondary schools and further and higher education institutions 

We can adapt all the programmes listed to suit the needs of any group – just ask!  Many of our sessions are suitable, or can be adapted, for learners with special needs.

For further information or to book a session, please use the Learning enquiry form.

World War I

2014 marked the centenary of the beginning of World War I; a hugely significant national and international event, and one which had a profound effect on Manchester.

The museum displayed the changing exhibition Land Fit For Heroes: War and the Working Class 1914-1918from 24 May 2014 to 1 February 2015.  Learning groups can continue to book any of our World War I themed Learning sessions for their school or community group.

  • A guided walk looking at key buildings and monuments related to World War I in Manchester and hearing the human stories from this period.
  • Living History workshops in which students met World War I soldiers, and others who did not want to fight.
  • A chance to explore the exhibition A Land Fit For Heroes: War and the Working Class 1914-1918 at People’s History Museum and war documents at Archives+ in Central Library.

Living History workshops use performance, interactive drama activities and gallery exploration to bring learning to life.

See video below for further inspiration!

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Venue Address: 
Left Bank
M3 3ER
United Kingdom
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0161 838 9190

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