Radical Sponsors

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

Join the Radicals

Radical Sponsors

As a Radical Sponsor you enjoy a range of benefits, including:

  • Having your name proudly displayed in the museum, alongside your chosen Radical on a special Radical Sponsors board
  • Invitations to special museum events throughout the year, including a celebratory reception with the Chair of the museum’s Trustees
  • A special one-to-one behind the scenes session with a museum expert, exploring the collections and material related to your chosen Radical
  • Invitations to all museum exhibition previews for you and and a guest
  • Regular updates from the museum through e-newsletters
  • 10% discount in the museum’s shop and cafe on production of your Radical membership card

 

You can Join the Radicals as a Sponsor in the following ways:

 

Your generous support helps the museum to celebrate the stories of radical thinkers whose big ideas have shaped our society; the men and women who believed in ideas worth fighting for.

Sponsor a Radical

Unsponsored Radicals

 

  • DIANE ABBOTT
    First black woman to be elected to parliament in June 1987
  • LEO ABSE
    Labour politician and gay rights activist
  • CATHY ASHTON*
    Labour politician and EU High Representative
    Previously sponsored by The Follett Trust
  • ERINMA BELL
    Community peace activist and co-founder of CARISMA charity which tackles gun crime in south Manchester
  • TONY BENN
    Labour politician
    Previously sponsored by Nigel Taylor
  • WILLIAM BEVERIDGE
    Architect of the welfare state, author of the Beveridge Report, economist and social reformer
  • EVA GORE BOOTH
    Poet, dramatist, suffragist and fighter for sexual equality
  • FRANCIS BURDETT
    Reforming politician
  • BILLY BRAGG
    Leftwing musician and founder of Red Wedge
    Previously sponsored by Deb Milner
  • JOHN BRIGHT
    Anti-Crimean War Liberal politician and leader of Anti-Corn Law League
    Previously sponsored by Lord Larry Whitty
  • 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
  • BRIAN CLOUGH
    Football manager and lifelong Labour supporter who donated money to causes such as anti-fascism and the miners
  • WILLIAM COBBETT
    Radical journalist
    Previously sponsored by Baroness Donaghy, Baroness Drake, Lord McKenzie of Luton, Lord Sawyer and Lord Young of Norwood Green
  • RICHARD COBDEN
    Liberal politician and leader of Anti-Corn Law movement
  • JO COX
    Labour MP, national chair of the Labour Women’s Network, and campaigner for a peaceful resolution to the Syrian War.  Assassinated in her home constituency in 2016
  • WALTER CRANE
    Socialist artist
    Previously sponsored by Unity Trust Bank
  • WILLIAM CUFFAY
    Chartist leader who was the son of a former slave
  • JAYABEN DESAI
    Leader of the Grunwick Dispute
  • CHARLOTTE DESPARD
    Suffragist writer and activist
  • CHARLES DICKENS
  • Novelist who criticised the inequality and depravation of Victorian society
  • BENJAMIN DISRAELI
    Twice Conservative Prime Minister
    Previously sponsored by Barbara & Stanley Fink Foundation
  • PRINCESS SOPHIA DULEEP SINGH
    Suffragette who demanded no taxation without representation
  • FRIEDRICH ENGELS
    Social scientist, founder of Marxist theory
    Previously sponsored by John Nicholson
  • DOUGLAS HOUGHTON OF SOWERBY CH
    Labour Party politician and equality campaigner
    Previously sponsored by Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe and Lord Christopher CBE
  • CHARLES JAMES FOX
    Radical Whig politician
    Previously sponsored by Wayne Garvie
  • JACK JONES Trade union leader and General Secretary of the TGWU
    Previously sponsored Unite the Union
  • BRUCE KENT Peace activist and General Secretary of CND
    Previously sponsored by Dr Sean Young and Baroness Diana Warwick
  • NEIL KINNOCK Leader of the Labour Party
    Previously sponsored by The Davies Family
  • JENNIE LEE Labour minister who promoted the arts and was seminal in the foundation of the Open University
    Previously sponsored by Lord Melvyn Bragg
  • MARY FILDES
    Led the Manchester Female Reformers and stood on the platform at Peterloo
  • MICHAEL FOOT
    Leader of the Labour Party
    Previously sponsored by Lord Peter Snape
  • ELIZABETH GASKELL
    Victorian novelist and short story writer.  Highlighted the life of the very poorest in Manchester
  • DAVID LLOYD GEORGE
    Last Liberal Prime Minister, known as the ‘Welsh Wizard’
    Previously sponsored by Lord David Alliance
  • WILLIAM GLADSTONE
    Four-time Liberal Prime Minister
  • EARL GREY
    Whig Prime Minister who passed the Great Reform Act
  • KEIR HARDIE
    Miner, union leader, ILP MP and Labour Party leader
  • JOHN HODGE
    Labour Party politician and trade union leader
    Previously sponsored by Community Union
  • ANNIE KENNEY
    Leading suffragette who adopted militant tactics
    Previously sponsored by Collective Spirit Community Trust
  • JOHN LILBURNE
    Leveller who proposed greater suffrage and religious tolerance
  • MARY MACARTHUR
    Trade union organiser and demander of votes for women
  • HAROLD MACMILLAN
    Conservative Prime Minister
  • TOM MANN
    Trade unionist, radical writer and campaigner. Leading figure in the London Dock Strike
    Previously sponsored by Unite the Union
  • CARDINAL MANNING
    Archbishop of Westminster with a strong sense of social justice. Helped settle the 1889 London Dock Strike in favour of the dockers
  • CHARLOTTE MARSH
    Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) organiser who was one of the first suffragettes to be force-fed in prison.  Founder of the Independent Women’s Social and Political Union
  • SELINA MARTIN
    Cumbria born, working class suffragette whose force-feeding led to national protest against the treatment of imprisoned women
  • KARL MARX
    Revolutionary socialist, philosopher and author of the Communist Manifesto
  • IAN McKELLEN
    Renowned actor and LGBT+ activist
  • BILLY MEREDITH
    Footballer and founder of the Players’ Union
  • HANNAH MITCHELL
    Suffragette and socialist author of The Hard Way Up
    Previously sponsored by Matilda Simon in memory of Sally Mitchell
  • JOHN STUART MILL
    Philosopher, Liberal Party MP, proponent of utilitarianism and the first MP to call for women’s suffrage
  • WILLIAM MORRIS
    Artist and social activist
    Previously sponsored by Kevin and Rebecca Philbin, for Veronica Philbin
  • DANIEL O’CONNELL
    Irish political leader who supported Catholic emancipation
    Previously sponsored by Lord Bernard Donoghue
  • FEARGUS O’CONNOR
    Chartist leader who was brought up by the reformist Francis Burdett
  • GEORGE ORWELL
    Writer, journalist and social commentator
    Previously sponsored by Michael Wills for his father Stephen Wills
  • ROBERT OWEN
    A founder of the co-operative movement
    Previously sponsored by Co-op Group Members’ Council
  • EMMELINE PANKHURST
    Leading suffragette and founder of the National Women’s Social and Political Union
    Previously sponsored by Frances Done and Jim Hancock
  • HELEN PANKHURST
    Writer and activist for women’s rights and senior advisor to the international humanitarian agency, CARE
  • MAXINE PEAKE
    Salford based actor, activist, feminist and socialist
  • EMMELINE PETHICK-LAWRENCE
    Suffragette who founded Votes For Womennewspaper
  • TOM PAINE
    Writer and political activist
    Previously sponsored by Brenda Dean and Keith McDowall
  • PABLO PICASSO*
    Artist and anti-fascist
    Previously sponsored by The Bloxham Charitable Trust
  • ROCHDALE PIONEERS
    Founders of the Rochdale Equitable Society and the Rochdale Principles upon which modern co-operatives are based
  • JIMMY REID*
    Scottish trade unionist, Upper Clyde Shipbuilders’ Work-in
    Previously sponsored by Rt Hon Alan Johnson MP
  • ESTHER ROPER
    First female graduate of Owens College Manchester.  Pacifist, suffragist and campaigner for sexual equality
  • CLIFF ROWE
    Artist and member of the Communist Party of Great Britain
  • ARTHUR SCARGILL
    Leader of the NUM during the Miners’ Strike 1984-1985
  • SIR DAVID SHACKLETON*
    Cotton worker, trade unionist and Labour MP
    Previously sponsored by Lord Haworth
  • JAMES SHARPLES
    Self-taught working class artist
  • LADY MARGARET SIMEY
    Political and social campaigner
  • SYDNEY SILVERMAN*
    British Labour politician and vocal opponent of capital punishment
    Previously sponsored by Bruce Shepherd for the Shepherd family
  • MARIE STOPES
    Women’s campaigner, pioneer of birth control
  • BETTY TEBBS
    Lifelong activist fighting for social equality and women’s rights
  • MARGARET THATCHER
    First woman Prime Minister and free market radical
    Previously sponsored by Prospect Insurance Brokers
  • BEN TILLETT
    Dock worker from Bristol, who became a union organiser and helped win the 1889 London Dock Strike
  • ROBERT TRESSALL
    Author of The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists
  • BEATRICE AND SIDNEY WEBB
    Pioneers in social and economic reforms
  • PAUL WELLER
    Singer whose sharp lyrics attacked the high unemployment of the late 1970s and 1980s.  A Founder member of Red Wedge
  • H G WELLS
    Socialist writer
  • REBECCA WEST
    Feminist author
    Previously sponsored by Baroness Cohen
  • WILLIAM WILBERFORCE
    Led calls for the abolition of the slave trade
    Previously sponsored by Laura Harper for Andy, Grace and Thurston
  • EMILY WILDING DAVISON
    Militant activist who fought and died for women’s suffrage
  • JOHN WILKES
    Radical politician and journalist
  • MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT
    Writer and women’s rights advocate
    Previously sponsored by #GetMary crowdfund campaign

Sponsored Radicals

Sponsored Radicals

Thank you to our Radical Sponsors, whose donations are making a huge difference to the museum’s future:

  • VIV ANDERSON
    First black footballer to represent England
    Sponsored by The Football Association
  • CLEMENT ATTLEE
    Labour Prime Minister
    Sponsored by The Brighton family in memory of Samuel Blackburn (1838-1882)
  • SAMUEL BAMFORD
    English radical reformer and was one of the leaders in the Peterloo protests
    Sponsored by Robert Poole
  • ANNIE BESANT
    Socialist, women’s rights activist, writer and philanthropist
    Sponsored by The Monks Family
  • 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
  • MELVYN BRAGG*
    Labour peer and broadcaster who campaigns for the arts and education
    Sponsored by Baroness Jan Royall
  • 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
  • BOB CROW
    Socialist & General Secretary of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) Workers
    Sponsored by National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) Workers
  • 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
  • BRENDA DEAN
    Trade Unionist & Labour Politician
    Sponsored by Keith McDowall & Family
  • ALF DUBS
    Labour peer who campaigned for changes to the Immigration Act
    Sponsored by Lord and Lady Bassam
  • VICTOR GRAYSON
    Independent Labour Party MP for Colne Valley
    Sponsored by Lord David Clark
  • HENRY HUNT Radical orator who was arrested at Peterloo
    Sponsored by Society for the Study of Labour History
  • ERIC LANE BURSLEM* BALPA’s first Chairman and campaigner for air safety
    Sponsored by BALPA
  • MILLICENT GARRETT FAWCETT Leader of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies
    Sponsored by the National Education Union
  • EMMELINE PANKHURST
    Founder of the Suffragette movement in the UK
    Sponsored by ACCORD Union
  • SYLVIA PANKHURST
    Leading suffragette and political campaigner
    Sponsored by MAPS Medical
  • PAUL ROBESON
    Singer and civil rights activist
    Sponsored by Susie Orbach
  • CHARLIE ROBERTS
    Founder of the PFA and leader of Outcasts FC who threatened strike action in order to gain recognition for the Players’ Union
    Sponsored by The PFA
  • THE SEX PISTOLS
    Punk band who attacked the cultural conservatism of the 1970s
    Sponsored by Wayne Garvie
  • GEORGE BERNARD SHAW
    Socialist writer
    Sponsored by Sir Trevor Chinn
  • JOHN SMITH
    Labour Party politician who served as the leader of the party from 1992 until 1994
    Sponsored by Lord Haskell
  • THOMAS SPENCE*
    English Radical, advocate of universal suffrage and for the common ownership of land
    Sponsored by Baroness Beeban Kidron & Lee Hall
  • SIR SIGMUNG STERNBERG*
    Hungarian-British philanthropist, and international interfaith campaigner
    Sponsored by Michael Sternberg QC
  • PETER TATCHELL
    Human rights campaigner
    Sponsored by John Deighan
  • 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
  • ALAN TURING
    Mathematician and World War II codebreaker. Persecuted for being gay
    Sponsored by Bernard Donoghue
  • VICTIMS OF PETERLOO
    Slaughtered while peacefully demanding votes for all
    Sponsored by the TUC
  • ELLEN WILKINSON
    Labour MP who led the Jarrow March
    Generously sponsored by an anonymous major donor
    Previously sponsored by The Monks Family

 

* Additional Radicals nominated by Sponsors