People's Working Museum Manchester Reviews
The story of the working class Aug 13, 2011
Located very near the courts in Manchester, this museum has free entry and is well worth the visit if you’re in Manchester. Spread across two floors, the museum documents the rise of the working class in England and how they have carved a better set of conditions for themselves across the past couple of centuries.
The entrance staff provide you with a free map which clearly outlines what you’ll find on each floor. The topics that are documented include the reforms that were made in the eighteenth century, the plight of the workers in the nineteenth century, how people started to vote (including the right to vote for women), the situation during and after the world wars and recent politics (such as Thatcherism). All in all, the information is very diligent and informative without being too heavy. If you want to read up on a favourite topic, there’s enough information available. Equally, if you’re not that interested, there’s a brief enough description which is easily picked up through a passing glance.
The best thing about this place was the accessibility of information and the child-friendly factor. If you are travelling with kids, this place is fantastically interactive and geared to the amusement of children. Examples include simple definitions for children to read, a badge making machine and other educational games and activities. Very nicely pitched indeed.
The place is very informative but is perhaps one-sided a little too much. While going through the exhibits, I just got the persistent impression that the governments were amazing and how the working class are continuously being lifted out of despair. Though the real picture may not be as perfect as this, I still think that this is a very worthy museum visit. If a museum is dedicated to a public figure or cause, they are always going to present it in the best possible light!
An unexpected gem in Manchester. Worth seeing!
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