People’s History Museum

If you fancy soaking up a bit of history on one of the many rainy days we are having in Manchester at the moment, you cant go far wrong with a museum visit, this time we went to the People’s History Museum in the Spinningfields district.

Housed on Bridge Street in Manchester’s only surviving Edwardian hydraulic pumping station, it used to supply power to the warehouses and even wound the Town Hall clock and raised the curtain at the Opera House!

The museum’s collections all relate to the history of working people in Britain. Each exhibition is thoughtfully curated and contains a vast wealth of information from anything from the Suffragettes to the Temperance movement (an abstinace from alcohol in case you were wondering!),the industrial revolution through to World War Two and beyond.

Image from the People's History Museum website

Many of the exhibitions are interactive which make it fun for all the family. And there’s a lovely cafe just on the riverside where you can look out on the Irwell, whilst enjoying a coffee or something from their extensive seasonal menu.

Entrance is free so what are you waiting for!




  1. January 26, 2012 / 10:04 am

    Thank you for the tip – I am always on the look out for FREE places to go with the children. Is it suitable for children ages 5 & 7 do you think? Is it open on Sundays?

    The Portland Basin Museum in Ashton-under-Lyne is also good. It is free & kids love it. There are shops set out like the ‘old days’ & always an exhibition. The last one I saw was dolls from all eras – brought back many happy memories!

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      January 26, 2012 / 9:29 pm

      Hi- Yes it has lots of interactive parts in the museum- I took my two year old and she loved it! It’s open 7 days a week too! Thanks for the tip about Portland Basin!