Every city’s got a museum with a few works by big-shot artists and dusty relics once owned by rich white men and/or pilfered from former colonies, but only Manchester has a museum dedicated to the history of democracy, radicalism, equality and social justice. The People’s History Museum tells the story of democracy from the 1819 Peterloo Massacre to the present day. The museum hosts top-notch talks and workshops year round, with a new augmented reality installation open from 2020.
There's one thing you can safely say about museums in Manchester - there are a lot of them. Actually there's two things - they offer a huge range of experiences. Come to think of it, there's absolutely loads of things to say about museums in Manchester, and we've got just 12 to tell you about.
Where to start? Well, where else has a universally acclaimed war museum with more than a dozen architectural awards and consumer gongs? Where else can you find out everything you ever wanted to know about hat-making but were too afraid to ask? In Manchester, judicious reader, for this is where the heart, the mind and the best museums are.
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