People’s History Museum, Left Bank, Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3ER – Visit Now
People’s History Museum (PHM), home of ‘ideas worth fighting for’, is the only museum in the UK dedicated to the history of British democracy. Behind the facade of rusty Corton steel lie galleries that trace a path through 200 years of political campaigning, including the fight for the right to vote, an insight into how time off was won (and spent) and women’s liberation. The family friendly museum houses approximately 1,500 objects, including the largest collection of trade union and other political banners in the world. It’s also host to a programme of special exhibitions, and a lively series of events. The Left Bank cafe looks out onto the River Irwell, and the shop at the front of the museum is a good stop-off for radical books, toys, gifts and homeware for kids and grown ups alike.
Radical Lates: every second Thursday of the month PHM’s galleries are open all evening to explore, with a regular programme of exciting and quirky happenings.
Services and FacilitiesCafe open from breakfast to afternoon tea, there's something to suit all tastes. Lockers are located on the lower ground floor of the museum.
AccessibilityRamps to the main entrance, Main entrance has automatic opening, Tactile maps, tactile drawings of scenes around the museum are also available, an induction loop is fitted at the museum reception. Infrared hearing loop facilities are available throughout the building (reception, Engine Hall, Coal Store, Meeting Room, Mini Theatre in Main Gallery One, Archive Reading Room and The Left Bank cafe bar). If you are attending a public event or Venue Hire event and need to use the induction loop, please inform a member of staff in advance. The museum is fully wheelchair accessible. All lifts in the museum are wheelchair accessible and the main lift near reception also has audio announcements The main galleries are designed to provide a range of sensory experiences, including several different audio, visual and touch elements. Some of the audio material in the galleries has subtitles or is displayed visually. Wheelchair accessible toilets are available on the lower ground, ground and second floor. Wheelchair accessible baby changing facilities are available in the Parent & Child Room behind reception on the ground floor, ground floor toilets and second floor toilets. Designated on-street accessible parking bays are available nearby. Guide dogs are welcome
Commercial and hire servicesLooking for a genuinely inspirational venue? Then why not hold your event in the company of some of the greatest ever team builders, motivational speakers and passionate problem solvers. The museum has conference and meeting facilities within a magnificently restored historic Edwardian Pump House. Licensed to hold wedding and civil partnership ceremonies and receptions.
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