When I was a child, my parents took me to a lot of museums. Of course, I sometimes struggled to enjoy them, but I am now very grateful I had the chance to visit so many different places. The museums I most enjoyed were the interactive ones, where you could play around and learn while having fun. Although now I have grown up and learnt to appreciate a soberly curated art exhibition, I still enjoy going to children-friendly museums that have a bit more than explicative billboards.
The People’s History Museum in Spinningfields is one of them, and is one of my favourite museums ever. I went there for the first time a couple of years ago and again quite a few times. Whenever friends and family visit me, I make sure I take them there.
As a politics student, this museum is very interesting and relevant to me, as it tells the story of democracy, civil rights and the working class in Britain from the 19th century onwards, with an emphasis on Manchester during the Industrial Revolution. Everything is very interactive, with games and videos, as well as historical documents and items. I particularly like the jukebox in the very last room, which you can use for 20p per song.
The current exhibition explores the image of finance and money since the 18th century, through art and visual media.