my course at the Working class Movement Library on ” Radical Manchester and Salford”


Peterloo 1819

I will be teaching a course on the history of Radical  Manchester and Salford at the Working Class Movement Library. This  will  begin by outlining  the story of  Industrial Revolution in this area and then go on to look at  the radical  politics of the late 18th century and the  19th century. This  will include the influence of Thomas  Paine, author of “The Rights of Man”, radical groups in Manchester in the 1790s, the Luddites, Peterloo, Owenite Socialism, Chartism, Karl Marx and Frederick Engels,  black American radicals in Manchester, and the Socialist movement  of the 1890s.

There will be an opportunity to look at some of the original historical material held in the archives of the Working Class Movement Library.

The course will begin on Tuesday 1 March 2016, 11am to 1pm,  and will last 10 weeks

The cost will be £80 (waged) and £60 (unwaged).


For more information or to book a place, please contact me, Michael Herbert, :



Course on Radical Women 1914-1979

IMG_1570Radical Women 1914-1979

This 10 week course will begin on 4 January 2016, 6.30pm-8.30pm, at Aquinas College, Stockport. The course will include women peace campaigners during the First World War,  women councillors in the 1920s, equal rights campaigns, women Hunger Marchers, women volunteers in the Spanish Civil War, women’s role in the Second World War,  the work of Joan Littlewood and Shelagh Delaney, the fight for equal pay and the rise of the Women’s Liberation Movement in the late 1960s.

As part of the course there will be a walk around Manchester city centre and a visit to the Working Class Movement Library in Salford.
The course will be taught by Michael Herbert, author of “Up Then Brave Women; Manchester’s Radical Women 1819-1918
For more information or to book places, please contact Sheila Lahan; Tel: 0161 419 9163