The People’s History Museum derives its origin from the Trade Union, Labour and Co-operative History Society. From the 1960s the society formed a small collection and between 1975 and 1986 ran a museum in Limehouse Town Hall in London. The collections were then in storage until the Greater Manchester authorities made a funding offer. A new trust was created and the museum re-opened in 1990, initially at 103 Princess Street.
In May 1994 new museum galleries were opened in the Pump House on Bridge Street. This is the only surviving Edwardian hydraulic pumping station in the city and it used to supply power to the warehouses and even wound the Town Hall clock and raised the curtain at the Opera House!
The museum was known as both the National Museum of Labour History and the Pump House People’s History Museum. In 2001 the museum decided to use one name to embrace the whole organisation: People’s History Museum.
In October 2007 the museum closed to the public to allow for the start of a multi-million pound re-development scheme. A bigger and better People’s History Museum re-opened on 13 February 2010. See the left hand menu for more information on who was involved and what happened.
Please contact People's History Museum for the latest opening times.
Free Admission - Sometimes there will be a nominal charge for events please see link: http://www.phm.org.uk/whats-on/
The museum and shop are open Monday to Sunday from 10.00am until 5.00pm, including bank holidays.
The Left Bank cafe bar is open Monday to Saturday from 8.00am until 5.00pm and on Sunday from 10.00am until 5.00pm.
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