Support the People's History Museum by celebrating one of history's great Radicals, women's rights advocate and author Mary Wollstonecraft

 

Project aim

Support the People's History Museum by celebrating one of history's great Radicals, women's rights advocate and author Mary Wollstonecraft

About the project

The People's History Museum tells the dramatic story of the British people's fight for democracy and equal rights.  A national museum based in Manchester, we tell the stories of the radical thinkers who believed in ideas worth fighting for, the pioneers who changed history in the struggle for fairness and equal rights.  These are the Radical Heroes the museum celebrates.

The People's History Museum is currently running a fundraising campaign inviting people to 'Join the Radicals' as Supporters, Patrons or by sponsoring one of 100 Radical Heroes featured in the museum's collections.  46 Heroes have been sponsored so far at £3,000 each, ranging from Emmeline Pankhurst to Clement Attlee, George Orwell to Billy Bragg. 

Now, we really want to see one of our favourite Radical Heroes - Mary Wollstonecraft - celebrated in the way she deserves.  So the museum, in partnership with museum Patron and graffiti artist Stewy, are inviting you to sign up to #GetMary and be one of a collective of Sponsors.

Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) - English writer, philosopher, and advocate of women's rights.  Mary believed that women should have equality of education and in 1792 she wrote her best-known book, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, in which she argued that women were not inferior to men, but merely lacked education.  Now that was a radical idea.

We want to invite people to join together to celebrate the achievements of this brave and forward thinking woman, who was at the forefront of women's fight for equality.

Benefits to backers include postcards and limited screen prints (value £150) featuring Mary Wollstonecraft (pictured), kindly donated by artist Stewy.  Backers paying £50 or more also get an annual People's History Museum Supporter membership worth £30, offering invitations to private views and special events, regular emails and discounts in the museum.

Find out more about Mary Wollstonecraft, Stewy and his graffiti portrait of Mary by watching our video.

(Mary Wollstonecraft silkscreen print.  Taken from Stewy's original life size stencil from the Unitarian Chapel, Newington Green, London.  Printed for People's History Museum.  Silkscreen on snowden 300gsm acid free paper.  Size: 70cm x 50cm.  Oil based ink.  Edition of 30.  Packaging: large cardboard tube: 10cm x 73cm)

We are going for the flexi-funding option as the People's History Museum is a registered charity and we want to keep all the money you help us raise, but we hope to reach our £3,000 target!  At the end of the campaign, Mary Wollstonecraft will be included on our Radical Heroes board in the museum, alongside people like suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst and Jarrow March leader Ellen Wilkinson, as well as being listed on our website and our marketing materials as a sponsored Radical Hero.

All the money raised will go directly to the museum's collections, exhibitions and Learning Programme, and to help us continue to tell the story of great Radical Heroes like Mary.

 

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