We hold a large collection of trade union material from the 1820s onwards including minutes, rule books, badges and banners.Click here to find out more...
A unique collection capturing the stories and struggles of ordinary people's efforts to improve their world
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Thomas Paine publishes 'Rights of man'
Kennington Common Chartist meeting
'Manchester Martyrs' executed
First meeting of TUC
Fall of the Paris Commune
Foundation of the Independent Labour Party
Creation of the Labour Party
Formation of the Plebs League
Cat and Mouse Act
First Labour government
Red Megaphones first performance
Kinder Scout mass trespass
Spanish Civil War
Nationalisation of the coal industry
Birth of the NHS
Aldermaston marches and birth of CND
Upper Clyde Shipbuilders
Nelson Mandela's release from prison
Good Friday agreement
Introduction of national minimum wage
Stop the War campaign
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The Library's contribution to this Festival, a talk 'Unity is Strength – Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners and their lasting links of comradeship with mining communities’, takes place on Saturday 14 February at 2pm.
To find out more click here.
Our Objects of the Month are a range of pamphlets from the 1930s and 1940s in our collection, to mark Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January 2015. Find out more here.