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People’s History Museum launches online shop with unique Manchester gifts

Books, posters, artworks, children’s activities, toys, jewellery and t-shirts from independent companies and individual makers

Manchester’s People’s History Museum (PHM) has launched a new online shop, offering a retail experience that reflects the vast collections, archives and galleries of the national museum of democracy. 

A world where ideas worth fighting for are creatively explored in books, posters, artworks, children’s activities, toys, jewellery, t-shirts and more from independent companies, individual makers and specialist publishers.

Some products are based upon collection pieces, such as the famous Manchester suffragette banner, and some are inspired by the world changing stories told by the museum, such as equality for all, workers’ rights, and votes for women

PHM is the only place that brings all of these stories together, and its shop is filled with unique and extraordinary products inspired by these events, with every purchase made helping to support the work of the museum.

Key items include the Manchester suffragette banner tea towel, made in collaboration with Radical Tea Towel; The Magpie’s Daughter’s bespoke suffragette necklace, made by a Manchester maker exclusively for PHM; and for younger readers, Little People, Big Dreams: Alan Turing, which tells the incredible story of someone who changed the course of history and is also remembered as a key figure in LGBT+ history.

 “People’s History Museum is Manchester based, but our audience is both national and international, so it’s brilliant to be able to extend the reach of our shop,” said Amber Greenall-Heffernan, PHM shop manager.

“Everything we stock links in some way to the museum and its collections and archives, meaning PHM shop is a totally unique retail experience. 

“Making a purchase is also a wonderful way for people to support the museum and our work, which in these challenging times means a great deal.”

On Wednesday 19th May 2021 the museum is planning to reopen, in line with the government’s latest roadmap.

You can shop the People’s History Museum’s retail collection online at Looking for more Manchester merchandise, gifts and souvenirs? Check out the I Love MCR shop online, too.


Manchester is a successful city, but there are many people that suffer. The I Love MCR Foundation helps raise vital funds to help improve the lives and prospects of people and communities across Greater Manchester – and we can’t do it without your help. So please donate or fundraise what you can because investing in your local community to help it thrive can be a massively rewarding experience. Thank you in advance!

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