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Fears for the future of People's Museum in funding crisis

Manchester People's Museum fears for future Credit: People's History Museum

There are fears for the People's History Museum in Manchester because of a threat to future funding. It currently gets £155,000 a year but that's being cut to £100,000 for 2015-16 so the museum will have to make up the shortfall. And it won't get anything the following year.

The Museum tells the story of the inspiring struggle of working men and women to win the right to vote in stark contrast to today's low turnouts and apathy about politics.

The story ranges from John Wilkes and Tom Paine, through the Peterloo massacre, the Great Reform Act, the Chartists, the emergence of trade unions, Gladstone/Disraeli, Labour's origins, and the founding of the Welfare State.

The Museum attracts 100,000 visitors a year but it would no longer be considered a national museum.

William Hague, Matthew Parris and Charles Kennedy have all opened exhibitions. And in a 'sponsor a radical hero' campaign, Margaret Thatcher, has been sponsored and will be honoured with others on a wall in the museum.

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A corner of the North West is preparing for one of the closest and fiercest fights at the upcoming General Election. Conservative-controlled Blackpool North has long been a battleground for Labour and the Tories, but that is all about to change. UKIP have reported a surge in members in the town, with polls putting them within just a few points of the two main parties.

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