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Archives Collection
There are five major archive collections including the Labour Party Archive (including Parliamentary and European Parliament Labour Party papers) which ranges from the foundation of the original party (the Labour Representation Committee) in 1900 to around 1985. The archive includes papers of various individuals such as Chartists Henry Vincent and Bronterre O'Brien and material relating to the Consumer Council and Women's Labour League. The archive of the Communist Party of Great Britain was acquired in 1995 and comprises original documents and minutes of the Party and associated individuals from 1943 and microfilm of pre-1943 papers. The archive also includes a comprehensive collection of reports and papers relating to the Socialist Sunday Schools from pre-World War One to the early 1970s. The two other key collections are the Michael Foot papers and the Chile Solidarity Campaign archive. Additions in recent years include archives of the Co-operative Group (CWS Ltd), the Trades Union Congress and material relating to employment from what is now the Department for Work and Pensions.
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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.
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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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