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Collection Summary

Collection Title
Social History Collection
The collections cover the last two hundred years of working class life and & institutions in Britain relating to the organised Labour Movement. There is a strong collection of ephemera relating to trade unions and also trade union emblems. Ephemera also includes trade societies, political parties and modern campaigns, the Co-operative Movement, early radicalism, the Clarion Movement and the suffrage campaigns. The collection of 1500 political posters includes examples from the Spanish Civil War. Of importance amongst recent acquisitions are the Women's Social and Political Union posters dated from 1908 and 400 Communist Party of Great Britain posters dated 1936-1980 and 600 Labour Party posters of 1904-1992. There are also items such as collecting tins and tools.
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Location Details

People's History Museum
The Pump House Bridge Street M3 3ER
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0161 839 6061
0161 839 6027 
Building Information
The museum is located in the Pump House, a former Edwardian hydraulic pumping station in the centre of Manchester. It was formerly known as the National Museum of Labour History and was established in the 1970s. There is also an associated Textile Conservation Studio situated at the Museum HQ & stores at 103 Princess Street, Manchester, which also houses the Labour History Archive & Study Centre, managed by the John Rylands University Library of Manchester.
Collections Overview
The People's History Museum aims to represent the history of working people in Britain and associated institutions such as labour and women's movements, the Labour Party and the Communist Party. The wide-ranging and nationally important collection includes banners, photographs, badges, tokens, ephemera, satirical prints, posters, tools, regalia, paintings, ceramics and archives relating to working class life over the last two hundred years. The collections are Designated.
Display Overview
The displays and re-constructions cover a wide range of themes such as 'Popular Radicalism', 'The Peterloo Massacre', 'Trade Unions in the 19th Century', 'Votes for Women', 'Dock Workers', 'The Co-op Shop', '1945 General Election' and 'Football.' There are many interactive elements and an activity trolley the 'Search Engine', aimed particularly at family groups.
Star Objects
Internationally important collection of banners including the world's oldest trade union banner - the Liverpool Tinplate Workers of 1821; Extensive Archive and photographic collections; posters, prints and cartoons; ceramics.
For details of other collections held at the same location: See the location record

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