This museum might initially seem an unusual choice for the parents of a six-year-old and two-year-old to choose to go to, but we did and I urge you to do the same. The PHM houses an enormous collection of material that chronicles the lives of working people in Britain, with a particular focus on Manchester.
It is bursting at the seams with exhibits and displays – too much in my opinion for just one visit so best to approach it with a bite-sized chunk attitude, far less daunting! Adults get the chance to brush up on their knowledge of social history (and in my case learn about The Peterloo Massacre), whilst simultaneously our children were entertained satisfactorily by certain exhibits such as the factory clocking-in machine and the giant floor banner that allowed them to interact somewhat. With our six-year-old we were able to attempt some very basic history lessons, which held his attention well enough and thus was pretty rewarding.
There was a limited menu on the Sunday in the café, so we opted out, choosing nearby Spinningfields instead.Daily 10am-5pm. Admission free. Left Bank café bar Mon-Sat 8am-5pm, Sun 10am-5pm.
The People’s History Museum, Left Bank, Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3ER Tel: 0161 838 9190 phm.org.uk