Whose history? Why the People's History Museum is vital
In recent months, high-profile figures have claimed museums should be ‘neutral’ spaces. Thank goodness, then, for the People’s History Museu

Childs, Danielle
Date Written:  2019-07-05
Publisher:  Red Pepper
Year Published:  2019
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX23816

Peoples History Museum also acts as a space for learning and offers a site for new debates to emerge, regularly allocating space for community exhibitions and contemporary political discussion. It also exhibits documents from recent events and contemporary unions, as it continues to build its collections.



Today, the People’s History Museum (subtitled the National Museum of Democracy) sits in the restored and extended Pump House on the left bank of the river Irwell, marking the border between Manchester and Salford. The building is an impressive post-modern structure: a grade II listed former hydraulic pumping station fitted with the new imposing architecture of a glass and corten (weathering) steel extension. It has all the trademarks of a contemporary museum – open foyer, gift shop and café – but its origins lie in a much more humble, political past.

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