In Challenging Times we need Radical Heroes

Alan Johnson PHM Radicals launch (credit Rod Leon)

Fido has recently started working with the People’s History Museum in Manchester and thanks to its cracking new fundraising campaign, we had all the ingredients we needed to place the museum on the national news agenda. The exhibitions team has curated a list of 100 Radical Heroes, celebrating those Great British revolutionaries whose ideas helped shape the world we live in. Here are some links to the news coverage the campaign has generated:


Daily Mirror

New Statesman

Culture 24

Newcastle Journal

Northern Soul

Daily Record

Inspired by the museum’s internationally recognised collections, which tell the story of British people’s fight for democracy, the list of radicals features politicians, suffragists, campaigners and writers, all of which are available for sponsorship through the campaign.

Prime Ministers including William Gladstone, Stanley Baldwin, Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair join the early feminists, Nancy Astor, the first woman to sit as an MP and suffragist writer and activist Charlotte Despard. Viv Anderson, the first black footballer to represent England, writer George Orwell, songwriter and musician Billy Bragg and gay rights activist Leo Abse also feature on the list. 

Over the coming months, the People’s History Museum is seeking to sign up 100 people or organisations to sponsor a Radical Hero. At £3,000 per radical, funds raised will go directly to support the museum’s historical collections, exhibitions and ongoing learning programme. To pledge support contact Kim Gowland on 0161 838 9190 or email

Image: Alan Johnson launches the Radicals campaign. Image credit: Rod Leon.