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Labour History Archive and Study Centre

Brief History

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.

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.

The Labour History Archive began life as the national Labour Party archive at the Labour Party headquarters in London, during the 1990s it was transferred to the museum in Manchester and the archive grew to include many more collections relating to the political wing of the labour movement.

Collections

The Labour History Archive and Study Centre (LHASC) is the main specialist repository for research into the political wing of the labour movement. It holds the archives of working class organisations from the Chartists to New Labour, including the Labour Party and the Communist Party of Great Britain. The collections provide an insight into the social, political and economic life of the last two centuries.

As well as the archives of political parties and left-wing pressure groups, LHASC collects the personal papers of radical politicians, writers and activists. The archives complement the objects, photographs and banners found in the museum collections and researchers may well find material of interest in both.

Contact Details

People's History Museum Left Bank
Spinningfields
Manchester
M3 3ER.

Tel : 0161 838 9190
Web : http://www.phm.org.uk

Opening Times

Monday to Friday 10.00am-5.00pm (lunchtime closure 12.30pm-1.30pm)

Admission

Free admission.

Transport

The People’s History Museum is 2 minutes walk from Salford Central railway station. The Metrolink Station at St. Peter’s Square is 10 minutes walk away. The museum is served by many buses available from Bridge Street, 2 minutes walk away (1, 8, 12, 26, 27, 31, 32, 36, 37, 71, 73, X34). The Metroshuttle bus is also available from Bridge Street (no 1) and Gartside Street (no 3) (2 mins walk).

Access Details

Disabled access.