Radical Ashton Walk, 2 November 2014

bread riot

I will be leading a walk  in Ashton-under-Lyne on Sunday 2 November,  starting at 11am  from the Town Hall steps in the Market Square. It will cots £7.00

The walk will include the following episodes:

• The Lancashire cotton strike of August 1842 when Ashton millworkers marched into Manchester

• The Chartist uprising of August 1848

• The Bread Riot of March 1863 when mill workers, thrown out of work during the American Civil war, rioted

• The anti-Irish riot of May 1868 when the Irish quarter and St Anne’s church came under attack

• The life and times of Hannah Mitchell, suffragette and socialist

I will be donating all proceeds from the walk to Tameside Against The Cuts who campaign  every week outside Ashton-under-Lyne  Job Centre advising people about their rights. They urgently need to get some information leaflets printed but have no money.  You can  read more about their campaigns on this blog: The Poorside of Life.

If you cannot attend the walk , but would like to make a donation, please contact me.   redflagwalks@gmail.com

Michael Herbert

Red flag Walks Programme june 2014



shabby tigerSaturday 14 June 2014

“There is no such city as Manchester”; Manchester in Fiction

Meet at  the entrance to Central Library, St Peter’s Square,  10.30am

This walk will explore Manchester as portrayed in novels by writers such as Howard Spring, Livi Michael, Robert Blatchford, Mrs Ward, Mrs Gaskell, Mrs Banks, Millie Toole and others. It will last about 2 hours.


booking strongly suggested : redflagwalks@gmail.com



Red flag Walks programe – May 2014

Sunday 18 May 2014. 12.15pm  Radical  Manchester

meet outside the Cooperative Bank,  Corporation street

We will explore spects of Manchester’s radical history including the Co-operative Movement, The Clarion newspaper,  the Siege of Manchester, the Manchester Guardian, Manchester Town Hall, the Free Trade Hall  and the events of  Peterloo.

The walk will last about 90 minutes.  £6/£5.








Filming with The Culture Show

the 3Ms -  Miranda, Michael and Maxine

the 3Ms – Miranda, Michael and Maxine

I spent yesterday afternoon filming  for the  BBC2 programme  The Culture Show  with Miranda Sawyer,  who presents the show, and the actress, Maxine Peake.  The programme is preparing  a feature to be broadcast  in July about the Manchester International Festival in which  Maxine will be performing Shelley’s poem The Masque of  Anarchy. This is a lengthy poem,   which  he wrote in response to the news of Peterloo.

I took Miranda and Maxine on a radical  history walk in the city centre, visiting the Mechanics Institute, Little Ireland and Free Trade Hall.  Miranda and Maxine talked about some of their memories of  Manchester, Miranda  growing  up in Wilmslow and Maxine in Bolton.  It was very enjoyable afternoon, and, for once, the sun was shining..

Peterloo and the Hacienda will be recalled in the Library Theatre production,  Manchester Sound: The Massacre, which starts this Saturday 8 June.

More information  about Red Flag walks : redflagwalks@gmail.com.


My new book “Up Then Brave Women” : Manchester’s Radical  Women 1819-1918  was published in October 2012 by the North West Labour History Society

The book is on sale in the Rochdale Pioneers Museum, Peoples History Museum, Three  Minute Theatre,  Cornerhouse bookshop, Portico Library,  Working Class Movement Library, News from Nowhere, Liverpool and Bookmarks, London.

It can be ordered in the post for £9.95 from Pat Bowker, 1 Bedford Road, Salford M30 9LA. Cheques payable to North West Labour History Group.

It can ordered online from Naomi Symes Books http://www.naomisymes.com