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PHM Radicals Reception at the House of Commons

PHM Radicals Reception at the House of Commons

18 April 2016

Lord Melvyn Bragg

Chair of PHM Trustees, Baroness Jan RoyallThe People’s History Museum was delighted to hold a Radical Reception at the House of Commons last Tuesday, thanking current sponsors of Radical Heroes and welcoming new ones.

Guests were invited by recently appointed Chair of PHM Trustees Baroness Jan Royall to hear about the successes of the Radicals fundraising campaign and to find out how to get involved.

Guest of Honour Lord Melvyn Bragg gave a moving speech, highlighting the importance of the museum and its collections: ‘The price of democracy, it seems, is eternal struggle.  We can see it on the walls and in the archives of the museum in Manchester’.  Following the speech, Baroness Royall pledged her support by announcing Lord Bragg as her own Radical Hero!

Leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn was also in attendance, and gave an empowering speech, encouraging support for the museum, as he said: Too often our Leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbynhistory ends up on landfills or in skips.  We all have interesting bits of history in our desks, in our offices, in our homes.  I make this appeal now – give it to the People’s History Museum’.  Corbyn continued the support by pledging to sponsor his Radical Hero, leveller John Lilburne.

Guests were also treated to an excerpt from a Living History session from the museum’s Learning Programme, Slavery and Suffrage – William Cuffay’s Story, a performance exploring the horrors of the slave trade and how it fuelled the Industrial Revolution.  William Cuffay, son of a freed slave, became a Chartist leader and campaigned for the right to vote.  Cuffay is one of the PHM’s 100 Radical Heroes, and is currently available for sponsorship.

Commenting on the evening, PHM Director Katy Ashton said: ‘Our Radicals Reception at the House of Commons was a great success.  We were able to say a huge thank you to everyone who has already sponsored a Radical Hero and to invite other people to join us.  Join the Radicals is an essential part of the museum’s fundraising in the face of cuts to our funding and we are so grateful to everyone who helps support our fantastic museum!’

The list of Radical Heroes features politicians, suffragists, campaigners, writers, musicians and movements.  Sponsorship costs £3,000 per radical and the funds raised go directly to support the museum’s historical collections, exhibitions, public events programme and Learning Programme.

The PHM teamThe Radical Heroes sponsorship campaign is just one of the ways people can get involved in supporting the museum.  Find out how you can Join the Radicals and support the museum.

For more information please contact Helen Antrobus on 0161 838 9190 or email