Growth of an Era

ClickNetherfield was involved in the stunning redevelopment of the People's History Museum in Manchester

The People's History Museum first opened in Manchester in 1990 at the Mechanics Institute, 103 Princess Street, Manchester.

In 1994, having outgrown the Princess Street site, the museum's main galleries moved to the Pump House, an Edwardian former hydraulic power station. By 2000 the quantity and scope of the museum collections had outgrown the Pump House galleries and the decision was made to expand. In 2010, new main galleries opened in a purpose-built building as part of a £12.5 million redevelopment of the whole museum. The museum's designated collections were at the centre of the redevelopment, so the display cases were naturally a very important element of the project. We provided close to 50 showcases of all shapes and styles, ranging from small recessed Monos to extremely large cases to showcase rare trade union banners.

"During the off-site construction we were kept regularly updated, including being sent images of the cases being built. This was both interesting and reassuring."

Kate Chatfield, Exhibitions Manager

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What's Inside


The Peoples History Museum, Manchester


October 2009

Exhibition Design

Headland Design Associates

Unique Features

The large bespoke banner cases feature integrated banner hoist mechanisms