Writer and Radical Historian Michael Herbert will be doing a series of Radical Walks during August starting this weekend

Saturday 12th  August. ” Manchester First in the Fight”: Votes for Women, 1866 to 1928

Meet at 11.30am outside Friends  Meeting House, Mount Street, Manchester.

This  walk  will tell the story of the campaign for “Votes for Women” in which  Manchester played a  major  role. We will  encounter  the leading  figures of  the suffragist and suffragette  movement including Lydia Becker, Esther Roper, Eva Gore-Booth, Annie Kenney, Hannah Mitchell and  the Pankhurst family.


Saturday 19th August. The Story of Peterloo Masacre, August 1819

Meet at 11.30am, at statue of  Richard Cobden, St Ann’s  Square

This walk will explore the background to Peterloo Massacre of 16 August 1819, setting it in the context of  the radical  movement of the late C18th and early C19th and the Manchester food  riots of 1812. At the end we  will follow the events on the day at  the place where the Massacre  happened.


Sunday 27 th August. Radical  Ashton-under-Lyne.

Meet at 11.30am outside the Town Hall,  Market Square, Ashton

This walk will explore a number of episodes in Ashton-under-Lyne’s radical past,  including the political career of socialist and suffragette Hannah Mitchell,  the Chartist Rising of 1848, the  Bread Riot of 1863, the Anti-Irish Riot of 1868 and  the formation of the Co-operative movement.  This walk will be a fund raising walk for The Poor Side of Life blog, written by Charlotte Hughes. Please note that it does involve a moderate amount of walking around the town.


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