People’s History Museum is coupling revolution and romance with a special Radical Relationships guided tour taking place on Thursday 14 February (2.00pm to 2.45pm and 6.30pm to 7.15pm), for those looking for an alternative Valentine’sDay experience.

The tour will navigate the galleries at People’s History Museum, revealing the stories behind some of the most radical ofromances and their place in history; whether it’s the meeting of two kindred spirits with the same social values, fighting thesame fight – or forbidden love, prohibited by class and society.

John Donegan, Programme Assistant at People’s History Museum will lead the tour, and says, “The paths of revolution and romance have always been intertwined, and looking at stories through this lens gives us a colourful insight into fascinating moments of history, with the museum’s extensive collections helping to bring them to life.”

The tour will include the story of Mary Wollstonecraft, who defiantly lived outside of the social norms of her time and who strongly disagreed with the treatment of women within the institution of marriage, even though she would go on to marry her lover William Godwin.  Friedrich Engels who discovered love when he was researching the lives of the working class in the slums of Manchester, meeting Irish immigrant Mary Burns who he had a relationship with for over 20 years.  Beatrice and Sidney Webb who as a couple played a huge role in the formation of both the Fabian Society and the Labour Party, but who didn’t marry until after the death of Beatrice’s father, and after much persuasion.

With The Left Bank cafe bar open (where lunch is served, and wine, soft and hot drinks are available throughout the day and evening) and array of creative gift ideas awaiting in the museum shop, it all makes for the perfect Valentine’s Day experience for those with a passion for ideas worth fighting for.

Radical Relationships is part of People History Museum’s Radical Late for February; a monthly late opening that features a programme of quirky events inspired by the collections, galleries and exhibitions held at the national museum of democracy.  Each month has a theme and introduces different organisations and thought leaders who bring interesting ideas to the fore. 

The event is suitable for 16+, booking is required and guests are asked to ‘pay what they feel’. The Left Bank cafe bar and museum shop offer a 10% discount to anyone attending the guided tour, with tickets bookable in advance


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