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Collection Summary

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Costume & Textile Collection
The banners are from a range of organisations including trade unions, political parties, women's suffrage movement, Friendly Societies, the Co-operative Movement and various other campaigns (e.g. the Grunwick Strike) and other organisations. The museum itself leads the UK field in the conservation and study of banners and also holds publicly available records of over 2,370 historic banners held by other British Museums and other organisations and individuals (data compiled as part of the National Banner Survey in 1999). The collections also include a good range of sashes associated with various organisations and campaigns.
The museum holds a collection of over 360 painted banners including that of the Liverpool Tinplate Workers of 1821, the world's oldest trade union banner. The collection as a whole is of international significance, being the largest collection of historic trade union and political banners in the world.
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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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