Jayaben Desai – unknown. Image © People’s History Museum

People’s History Museum 10th Birthday

Sara Jaspan, Exhibitions Editor

On 13th February 2020, the national museum of democracy in Manchester turns 10 and is marking the occasion in the only way fitting: with a big birthday bash, plus a whole score of accompanying events, unveilings and creative interventions. So, don your best party hat and get involved.

The free programme of celebrations features highlights including the annual changing of the banners display, behind-the-scenes tours of the museum, the chance to delve inside its fascinating archives, and a special Valentine’s Day gig – or ‘musical love letter’ from Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. The weekend will also see the first unveiling of a series of exciting new digital experiences that will be presented throughout the People’s History Museum (PHM) galleries over the coming year, and the beginning of its 2020 headline focus on the theme of migration.

PHM’s origins lie in the National Museum of Labour History, founded in London in 1975. Yet it is here in Manchester that it eventually laid down its roots and was later relaunched in its current incarnation a decade ago. Billed as ‘the home of ideas worth fighting for’, where Britain’s radical past is celebrated and hope for our political future is inspired; we couldn’t be prouder to have such a museum in our city. Here’s to the next 10 years and more of championing democracy.

Things to do right now

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