The Society for the Study of Labour History are set to sponsor a ‘Radical Hero’ in support of the People’s History Museum, Manchester. Opting for the radical orator and hero of the Peterloo Massacre, Henry Hunt, the Society will provide £3,000 towards the continued work of the ‘national museum of democracy’.
The museum hopes to attract sponsors for ’100 Radical Heroes’ and lists many unsponsored figures in need of donors, including Labour MP Diane Abbot, philosopher Karl Marx and suffragette leader Sylvia Pankhurst. All funds raised will contribute to the day-to-day running of the museum and the maintenance of its collections, while ensuring access can remain free to visitors.
The SSLH’s choice of Henry Hunt is especially timely, as the sponsorship period will run during the second centenary of the Peterloo Massacre; an event which saw a 60,000-strong crowd of pro-reform demonstrators charged by cavalry, killing fifteen and injuring hundreds in St. Peter’s Field, Manchester on 16 August 1819.
Sponsors will be rewarded with a number of benefits in return for their support, including curator-led tours of the museum and invitations to private views, as well as their name proudly displayed alongside the ‘Radical Hero’ of their choice.
For more information, visit the PHM website here.