You can help Secure our Future

by People's History Museum in Manchester, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 26th January 2021 we successfully raised £42,920 ( + est. £8717.25 Gift Aid ) with 1320 supporters in 42 days

People's History Museum desperately needs your help to get through the Covid crisis. Every penny raised will help secure the museum's future

by People's History Museum in Manchester, England, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

We are overwhelmed by the generosity of PHM’s friends and supporters who have helped us to hit our original goal and reveal our stretch target! The stories and collections that People’s History Museum holds reflect a unique exploration of British democracy; past, present, and future.  These are stories that have meaning and relevance to people’s lives today, which makes them incredibly powerful.

We are so grateful to all of PHM's generous supporters and super fans who have come forward during this exceptionally challenging period to help secure the museum's future. Every penny donated will help the museum to recover, reopen and adapt, so that together we can continue to champion ideas worth fighting for. By pledging support, you are protecting PHM's future, and helping make history.

Our wonderful friends at The Radical Tea Towel Company have very generously offered to match-fund any further donations made after 12 January to our crowdfunder to help us reach our target. This is an amazing gesture and we are hugely grateful for their support ♥️


Help secure People’s History Museum’s future  

The future of People’s History Museum (PHM), the national museum of democracy, is under threat.   

We really don’t like to ask for help, but the events of 2020 have pushed us into a situation whereby to be able to continue to operate the museum in the unique way that we do, we sadly have no alternative.  We are hoping that our friends will give us whatever support they are able to, whether by donating to this campaign or helping to spread the word. 

As an independent museum and charity the incredible challenges resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic have placed the museum and its work in a precarious situation.  We are the only museum in the country that explores the past, present and future of British democracy, championing ideas worth fighting for such votes for all, equality, co-operation, social justice, and a fair world for all.  In doing so we bring people and communities together to inspire change, discussion and the sharing of ideas.  

Left to right - PHM Conservator Kloe Rumsey with Manchester suffragette banner, object handling and Peterloo mural by Axel Void at People's History Museum

The museum’s survival is now at risk 

The lockdowns that have taken place and regional restrictions have meant the doors of the museum have remained closed for most of 2020, meaning that the revenues that we rely upon through visitors, events, learning sessions, conservation, venue hire, the PHM shop and cafe have not been generated.  Whilst we were grateful to receive emergency funding from Arts Council England and The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the museum still faces tremendous uncertainty.

Throughout the closures, PHM’s workers, volunteers and visitors have stayed home and supported the museum from near and far.  Exhibitions, events and learning sessions have been taken online where possible, and the galleries, collections, archives, conservation studio, shop and cafe had to close.  Collecting contemporary material continues, reflecting in particular the significance of the Black Lives Matter movement and Covid-19.   

PHM’s team took herculean steps to reopen the museum when it could do so safely, and we welcomed back our visitors with excitement, solidarity and hope.  We were deeply disappointed when PHM again had to close its doors due to the second national lockdown and regional restrictions.  Further uncertainty now looms.

Sections of four different banners in the People's History Museum collection, together illustrating the figure: £903
We need your help to get through the Covid-19 crisis 

With the dramatic and overnight loss of venue hire bookings, cafe and shop sales, and visitor donations, PHM’s income has dropped significantly; we have lost over £210,000 income since March.  We have taken steps to dramatically reduce outgoings, but it still costs £903 a day to maintain our online presence, look after the collections, and take care of our historic listed building. 

The museum is an important community hub.  Groups of all ages usually meet at the museum.  PHM’s programmes are co-created with diverse communities who research their histories, share their stories and voice their experiences.  PHM is bold, inclusive, and exists to inspire action towards a fairer world.  All of that is now at risk.  

Please show your solidarity and donate whatever you can, or help to share our fundraising campaign.  Like the ideas worth fighting for that People’s History Museum represents, we hope that you will recognise it as a museum worth fighting for.  

Thank you.   


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This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£20 or more

£20 Reward

Thank you for becoming a PHM super fan, your support means to much to us during this exceptionally challenging time. You'll receive a personalised thank you from PHM's team for helping to secure the museum's future.

£25 or more

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£25 Reward

By pledging £25, you'll be offered the opportunity to join a virtual PHM Collection highlights tour. Be inspired by ideas worth fighting for; ideas such as equality, social justice, co-operation, and a fair world for all. Subjects to be explored in this online session include the Peterloo Massacre, the suffragettes, and the Grunwick strike.

£30 or more

Radical Supporter

Pledging £30 will see you become a Radical Supporter. You will enjoy a range of benefits, including: A hand-written thank you in your Radicals pack, invitations to all museum exhibition previews, regular updates from the museum, and 10% discount in the shop and cafe with your Radical membership card

£30 or more

Join the Radicals: Gift it!

Give a Radical Supporter gift! A hand-written thank you in a Radicals pack posted to your recipient, invitations to all museum exhibition previews, regular updates from the museum, and 10% discount in the shop and cafe with your Radical membership card. Please email [email protected] once you have donated, providing the recipients name, address and a message you'd like to include.

£300 or more

Radical Friend

Pledging £300 or more will see you having the opportunity to engage more deeply with the museum and its collections. As a Radical Friend you enjoy a range of benefits, including all the benefits of a Radical Supporter plus: Invitations to special museum events, and your name or organisation listed on our website as a Radical Friend of PHM.

£903 or more

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Bespoke Virtual Tour

Cover our costs for a day! £903 a day to maintain our online presence, look after the collections, and take care of our historic listed building. All pledges of £903 or more will be offered a bespoke virtual or physical tour of PHM, tailored to your interests. This pledge can be purchased as a gift for friends/relatives.

£1,000 or more

Radical Sponsor

You will recieve all the benefits of being a Radical Friend, plus by pledging to become a Radical Sponsor you can personalise your support by sponsoring one of our Radicals or a Radical of your choice for £1,000 a year. Find out more at

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