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.
Ask a Mancunian to name the UK’s second city and they won’t miss a beat – London, obviously. When it comes to museums, the capital of the north boasts a peerless mix of family-friendly headline attractions like Manchester Museum and the Science and Industry Museum and some of the nation’s most important special-interest museums and heritage centres. Social justice, women’s rights, football, public transport: all interests are pretty much seen to.
Where to start with museums in Manchester? With our help, of course. 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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