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100 Radical Heroes

Sponsorship of our Radical Heroes is available on a first come, first served basis. See below for which Heroes are still available and make your choice.

Keir Hardie

Thank you to all our Sponsors so far, whose donations are making a huge difference to the museum’s future.

Unsponsored Radicals

  • DIANE ABBOTT
    First black woman to be elected to parliament
    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, 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………………………………..
  • BARBARA CASTLE
    Labour Party politician who helped bring about the Equal Pay Act
    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…………………………………….
  • VICTOR GRAYSON
    ILP MP for Colne Valley
    Sponsored by…………………………………….
  • EARL GREY
    Whig Prime Minister who passed the Great Reform Act
    Sponsored by…………………………………….
  • KEIR HARDIE
    Miner, union leader, ILP MP and Labour Party leader
    Sponsored by…………………………………..
  • HENRY HUNT
    Radical orator who was arrested at Peterloo
    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 and thinker
    Sponsored by…………………………………….
  • JOHN STUART MILL
    Philosopher and MP
    Sponsored by…………………………………….
  • FEARGUS O’CONNOR
    Chartist leader
    Sponsored by…………………………………….
  • ROBERT OWEN
    A founder of the co-operative movement
    Sponsored by…………………………………..
  • SYLVIA PANKHURST
    Leading suffragette and political campaigner
    Sponsored by…………………………………….
  • EMMELINE PETHICK-LAWRENCE
    Suffragette who founded Votes For Women newspaper
    Sponsored by…………………………………….
  • PAUL ROBESON
    Singer and civil rights activist
    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……………………………………….
  • PETER TATCHELL
    Human rights campaigner
    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
    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
  • 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
  • CHARLOTTE DESPARD
    Suffragist writer and activist
    Sponsored by Prospect Union
  • BENJAMIN DISRAELI
    Twice Conservative Prime Minister
    Sponsored by Barbara & Stanley Fink Foundation
  • FRIEDRICH ENGELS
    Social scientist, founder of Marxist theory
    Sponsored by John Nicholson
  • 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
  • MICHAEL FOOT
    Leader of the Labour Party
    Sponsored by Lord Peter Snape
  • CHARLES JAMES FOX
    Radical Whig politician
    Sponsored by Wayne Garvie
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.