Unlocking Ideas Worth Fighting For was a collaborative project between Manchester’s People’s History Museum and Salford’s Working Class Movement Library, both of which collect and interpret the history of people’s fight for rights, as well as more general British political history.

The project has now come to an end, but it did a fantastic job of finding and unlocking the hidden collections of the People’s History Museum and Working Class Movement Library and making links between them.

This blog; our twitter feed; a 24 hour Hackathon themed Open Days; object handling at events; joint tours; articles; and talks are just some of the ways Unlocking Ideas has taken collections beyond the confines of the store and brought them to new audiences. There was also a finale exhibition showcasing the outcomes of the project and it is hoped this exhibition will be temporarily installed at the People’s History Museum later this year. Check out their website for updates.

This blog and our twitter account will remain up and running so people can continue to find out about the project, but they will not be added to. If you would like any more information about the project you can contact Chris Burgess, Curator at the People’s History Museum, on chris.burgess@phm.org.uk .


Unlocking Ideas Worth Fighting for was kindly funded by Effective Collections; a partnership between Esmée Fairbairn and the Museums Association.

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