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.
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.