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Radical Hero

Personalise your support by sponsoring one of our 100 Radical Heroes for £3,000 (or £1,000 a year for three years)

Enjoy a range of benefits, including:

– Having your name proudly displayed in the museum, alongside your chosen Radical on a special Radical Heroes Sponsors board
– Invitations to an annual celebratory reception with the Chair of the museum’s Trustees, with special guest speakers.  Past speakers include Alan Johnson, Melvyn Bragg and Jeremy Corbyn
– A special one-to-one behind the scenes session with a museum expert, exploring the collections and material related to your Radical Hero
– Invitations to curator-led tours and other specialist events throughout the year
– Invitations to all museum exhibition previews for you and a guest
– Regular updates from the museum via our e-newsletter
– 10% discount in the museum’s shop and cafe on production of your Radical membership card
– Discounted venue hire – enquiries via our Venue Hire Team

To express your interest in sponsoring a Radical Hero, please email giving@phm.org.uk or telephone the  museum on 0161 838 9190.

100 Radical Heroes

Unsponsored Radicals

DIANE ABBOTT
First black woman to be elected to parliament in June 1987
Sponsored by……………………………………………..
LEO ABSE
Labour politician and gay rights activist
Sponsored by……………………………………………….
ANNIE BESANT
Social reformer, women’s rights activist, socialist and theosophist
Sponsored by…………………………………….
WILLIAM BEVERIDGE
Architect of the welfare state, author of the Beveridge Report, economist and social reformer
Sponsored by…………………………………….
EVA GORE BOOTH
Poet, dramatist, suffragist and fighter for sexual equality
Sponsored by…………………………………………
FRANCIS BURDETT
Reforming politician
Sponsored by…………………………………….
CAMPAIGN FOR HOMOSEXUAL EQUALITY
Founded in 1964 in Manchester as North Western Committee for Homosexual Law Reform. Played key part in campaigns leading up to decriminalisation of male homosexual activities in 1967
Sponsored by………………………………..
BRIAN CLOUGH
Football manager and lifelong Labour supporter who donated money to causes such as anti-fascism and the miners
Sponsored by…………………………………….
RICHARD COBDEN
Liberal politician and leader of Anti-Corn Law movement
Sponsored by…………………………………….
WILLIAM CUFFAY
Militant Chartist leader who was the son of a former slave
Sponsored by…………………………………….
JAYABEN DESAI
Leader of the Grunwick Dispute
Sponsored by…………………………………….
CHARLES DICKENS
Novelist who criticised the inequality and depravation of Victorian society
Sponsored by…………………………………….
PRINCESS SOPHIA DULEEP SINGH
Suffragette who demanded no taxation without representation
Sponsored by…………………………………….
MARY FILDES
Led the Manchester Female Reformers and stood on the platform at Peterloo
Sponsored by…………………………………….
MILLICENT GARRETT FAWCETT
Leader of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies
Sponsored by…………………………………….
ELIZABETH GASKELL
Victorian novelist and short story writer. Highlighted the life of the very poorest in Manchester
Sponsored by…………………………………
WILLIAM GLADSTONE
Four-time Liberal Prime Minister
Sponsored by…………………………………….
EARL GREY
Whig Prime Minister who passed the Great Reform Act
Sponsored by…………………………………….
JOHN LILBURNE – Pledged. Awaiting sponsorship agreement
Leveller who proposed greater suffrage and religious tolerance
Sponsored by…………………………………….
MARY MACARTHUR
Trade union organiser and demander of votes for women
Sponsored by…………………………………….
HAROLD MACMILLAN
Conservative Prime Minister
Sponsored by…………………………………….
CARDINAL MANNING
Archbishop of Westminster with a strong sense of social justice. Helped settle the 1889 London Dock Strike in favour of the dockers
Sponsored by……………………………………
KARL MARX
Revolutionary socialist, philosopher and author of the Communist Manifesto.
Sponsored by…………………………………….
IAN McKELLEN
Renowned actor and LGBT+ activist
Sponsored by…………………………………….
JOHN STUART MILL
Philosopher, Liberal Party MP, proponent of utilitarianism and the first MP to call for women’s suffrage.
Sponsored by…………………………………….
FEARGUS O’CONNOR
Chartist leader who was brought up by the reformist Francis Burdett
Sponsored by…………………………………….
SYLVIA PANKHURST – Pledged. Awaiting sponsorship agreement
Leading suffragette and political campaigner
Sponsored by…………………………………….
EMMELINE PETHICK-LAWRENCE
Suffragette who founded Votes For Women newspaper
Sponsored by…………………………………….
ROCHDALE PIONEERS
Founders of the Rochdale Equitable Society and the Rochdale Principles upon which modern co-operatives are based
Sponsored by…………………………………….
ESTHER ROPER
First female graduate of Owens College Manchester. Pacifist, suffragist and campaigner for sexual equality
Sponsored by………………………………….
CLIFF ROWE
Artist and member of the Communist Party of Great Britain
Sponsored by…………………………………….
ARTHUR SCARGILL
Leader of the NUM during the Miners’ Strike 1984-1985
Sponsored by…………………………………….
THE SEX PISTOLS
Punk band who attacked the cultural conservatism of the 1970s
Sponsored by…………………………………….
JAMES SHARPLES
Self-taught working class artist
Sponsored by…………………………………….
LADY MARGARET SIMEY
Political and social campaigner
Sponsored by…………………………………….
MARIE STOPES
Women’s campaigner, pioneer of birth control
Sponsored by……………………………………….
BETTY TEBBS
Lifelong activist fighting for social equality and women’s rights
Sponsored by…………………………………
BEN TILLETT
Dock worker from Bristol, who became a union organiser and helped win the 1889 London Dock Strike
Sponsored by……………………………………
ROBERT TRESSALL
Author of The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists
Sponsored by…………………………………
ALAN TURING – Pledged. Awaiting sponsorship agreement
Mathematician who helped crack German Enigma. Persecuted for being gay
Sponsored by…………………………………….
BEATRICE AND SIDNEY WEBB
Pioneers in social and economic reforms
Sponsored by…………………………………….
PAUL WELLER
Singer whose sharp lyrics attacked the high unemployment of the late 1970s and 1980s. A Founder member of Red Wedge.
Sponsored by…………………………………….
EMILY WILDING DAVISON
Militant activist who fought and died for women’s suffrage
Sponsored by…………………………………….
JOHN WILKES
Radical politician and journalist
Sponsored by…………………………………….

Sponsored Radicals

VIV ANDERSON
First black footballer to represent England
Sponsored by The Football Association
CATHY ASHTON*
Labour politician and EU High Representative
Sponsored by The Follett Trust
CLEMENT ATTLEE
Labour Prime Minister
Sponsored by The Brighton family in memory of Samuel Blackburn (1838-1882)
TONY BENN
Labour politician
Sponsored by Nigel Taylor
ANEURIN ‘NYE’ BEVAN
Labour Party politician, Minister for Health
Sponsored by Unison
ERNEST BEVIN
Leader of the TGWU and Labour Foreign Secretary
Sponsored by Lord Lea of Crondall
RT HON TONY BLAIR
Labour Prime Minister
Sponsored by Baroness Prosser, Baroness Morgan of Huyton and Lord Cashman CBE
MARGARET BONDFIELD
Labour MP and first female Cabinet Minister
Sponsored by Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers
BILLY BRAGG
Leftwing musician and founder of Red Wedge
Sponsored by Deb Milner
MELVYN BRAGG*
Labour peer and broadcaster who campaigns for the arts and education
Sponsored by Baroness Jan Royall
JOHN BRIGHT
Anti-Crimean War Liberal politician and leader of Anti-Corn Law League
Sponsored by Lord Larry Whitty
GORDON BROWN*
Labour politician
Sponsored by Lord Wilf Stevenson
JAMES CALLAGHAN
Labour Prime Minister
Sponsored by Lord Lea of Crondall
BARBARA CASTLE
Labour Party politician who helped bring about the Equal Pay Act
Sponsored by Leigh Day Solicitors
WINSTON CHURCHILL
Wartime Prime Minister
Sponsored by Sir Victor and Lady Blank
WILLIAM COBBETT
Radical journalist
Sponsored by Baroness Donaghy, Baroness Drake, Lord McKenzie of Luton, Lord Sawyer and Lord Young of Norwood Green
WALTER CRANE
Socialist artist
Sponsored by Unity Trust Bank
DAGENHAM FORD MACHINISTS
Their strike in 1968 for equal pay for men and women led to the 1970 Equal Pay Act. However, the fight goes on…
Sponsored by First Actuarial LLP
CHARLOTTE DESPARD
Suffragist writer and activist
Sponsored by Prospect Union
BENJAMIN DISRAELI
Twice Conservative Prime Minister
Sponsored by Barbara & Stanley Fink Foundation
ALF DUBS
Labour peer who campaigned for changes to the Immigration Act
Sponsored by Lord and Lady Bassam
FRIEDRICH ENGELS
Social scientist, founder of Marxist theory
Sponsored by John Nicholson
MICHAEL FOOT
Leader of the Labour Party
Sponsored by Lord Peter Snape
CHARLES JAMES FOX
Radical Whig politician
Sponsored by Wayne Garvie
VICTOR GRAYSON
Independent Labour Party MP for Colne Valley
Sponsored by Lord David Clark & Catherine Clark
KEIR HARDIE
Miner, union leader, ILP MP and Labour Party leader
Sponsored by Maziar Jamnejad
JOHN HODGE
Labour Party politician and trade union leader
Sponsored by Community
DOUGLAS HOUGHTON OF SOWERBY CH
Labour Party politician and equality campaigner
Sponsored by Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe and Lord Christopher CBE
HENRY HUNT
Radical orator who was arrested at Peterloo
Sponsored by Society for the Study of Labour History
JACK JONES
Trade union leader and General Secretary of the TGWU
Sponsored by Unite the Union
ANNIE KENNEY
Leading suffragette who adopted militant tactics
Sponsored by Collective Spirit Community Trust
BRUCE KENT
Peace activist and General Secretary of CND
Sponsored by Dr Sean Young and Baroness Diana Warwick
NEIL KINNOCK
Leader of the Labour Party
Sponsored by The Davies Family
ERIC LANE BURSLEM*
BALPA’s first Chairman and campaigner for air safety
Sponsored by BALPA
JENNIE LEE
Labour minister who promoted the arts and was seminal in the foundation of the Open University
Sponsored by Lord Melvyn Bragg
DAVID LLOYD GEORGE
Last Liberal Prime Minister, known as the ‘Welsh Wizard’
Sponsored by Lord David Alliance
TOM MANN
Trade unionist, radical writer and campaigner. Leading figure in the London Dock Strike
Sponsored by Unite the Union
BILLY MEREDITH
Footballer and founder of the Players’ Union
Sponsored by The PFA
HANNAH MITCHELL
Suffragette and socialist author of The Hard Way Up
Sponsored by Matilda Simon in memory of Sally Mitchell
WILLIAM MORRIS
Artist and social activist
Sponsored by Kevin and Rebecca Philbin, for Veronica Philbin
DANIEL O’CONNELL
Irish political leader who supported Catholic emancipation
Sponsored by Lord Bernard Donoughue
GEORGE ORWELL
Writer, journalist and social commentator
Sponsored by Michael Wills for his father Stephen Wills
ROBERT OWEN
A founder of the co-operative movement
Sponsored by ROBERT OWEN
A founder of the co-operative movement
Sponsored by Co-op Group Members’ Council
TOM PAINE
Writer and political activist
Sponsored by Brenda Dean and Keith McDowall
EMMELINE PANKHURST
Leading suffragette and founder of the National Women’s Social and Political Union
Sponsored by Frances Done and Jim Hancock
PABLO PICASSO*
Artist and anti-fascist
Sponsored by The Bloxham Charitable Trust
JIMMY REID*
Scottish trade unionist, Upper Clyde Shipbuilders’ Work-in
Sponsored by Rt Hon Alan Johnson MP
PAUL ROBESON
Singer and civil rights activist
Sponsored by Susie Orbach
SIR DAVID SHACKLETON*
Cotton worker, trade unionist and Labour MP
Sponsored by Lord Haworth
GEORGE BERNARD SHAW
Socialist writer
Sponsored by Sir Trevor Chinn
SYDNEY SILVERMAN*
British Labour politician and vocal opponent of capital punishment
Sponsored by Bruce Shepherd for the Shepherd family
PETER TATCHELL
Human rights campaigner
Sponsored by John and Lola Deighan
MARGARET THATCHER
First woman Prime Minister and free market radical
Sponsored by Prospect Insurance Brokers
W H THOMPSON*
Civil rights lawyer and founder member of the National Council For Civil Liberties
Sponsored by The family of W H Thompson
THE TOLPUDDLE MARTYRS
Trade unionists transported to Australia for swearing a secret oath
Sponsored by Thompsons Solicitors
VICTIMS OF PETERLOO
Slaughtered while peacefully demanding votes for all
Sponsored by TUC
H G WELLS
Socialist writer
Sponsored by Lord Evans of Watford
REBECCA WEST
Feminist author
Sponsored by Baroness Cohen
WILLIAM WILBERFORCE
Led calls for the abolition of the slave trade
Sponsored by Laura Harper for Andy, Grace and Thurston
ELLEN WILKINSON
Labour MP who led the Jarrow March
Sponsored by The Monks Family
MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT
Writer and women’s rights advocate
Collectively sponsored via Crowdfunder campaign #GetMary
*Additional Heroes nominated by sponsors.