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People's History Museum - Manchester

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I visited this fairly new museum last Saturday which is located in the city Centre, next to the River Irwell.

This museum tells the story of the history of democracy in Great Britain and about people's lives at home, work and leisure over the last 200 years. The collection contains printed material, physical objects and photographs of people at work, rest and play. Some of the topics covered include popular radicalism, the Peterloo Massacre, 19th century trade unionism, the women's suffrage movement, dockers, the cooperative movement, the 1945 general election, and football. It also includes material relating to friendly societies, the welfare movement and advances in the lives of working people.
The building itself is highly modern and is bolted onto an older engine house. Inside there is a good modern café and a small shop. The museum is free to enter but you can donate cash. The highlight for me was the large colourful and ornate marching banners that are on display. There are several guided tours available on different themes which are recommended.


 

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There's a few blasts from the past there..............Great pictures

They have a cracking site on google, give you all the info you want for a great daty out.

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On the bottom floor is their archive dept ……………..how can you complain when it is all for Free!.

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Its strange, I thought with so many persons on here having a working class background the site would have been alive with comments and queries.  Is there no labour clubs left in St helens which could organize a trip, whats the trade council doing, members relations committees of the co-op. Am I just living in the past or has it just become easier to punch a keyboard or watch the tele................

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Yes, looks a fascinating exhibition. And for an old Harris Street resident like me, so many familiar sights. As for its political messages, they may have resonated sixty years ago but politics have moved on since then with political and social boundaries becoming blurred

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Think it is highly debatable that politics has moved on, some might suggest it has slipped into a quagmire of greed and self seeking egos. But we wont debate it here Alan as I know we would have opposing views and this little bit is about BJLs excellent informative post, as I mentioned earlier, tis probably I living in the past [which often seemed a materially poorer time but a more honest and moral time]

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To be honest some of the Political issues highlighted are pretty much the same as today. Look at the one about the tax dodger and also the one about Pensions. 

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Oh and I forgot about this highlight!!!!!

 

 

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