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...
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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
To maintain the momentum of the huge increases in usage of the Library over the last few years, we need to raise an extra £86,000 each year.
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We've recently had a real gem donated to us - the minutes of the Rochdale branch of the Women’s Social and Political Union, the organisation founded early last century in Manchester by the Pankhursts and other campaigners for women to get the vote.
Included in the minutes is a list of nearly 50 members and women friends who attended a “monster demonstration” in June 1908, when between 200,000 and 300,000 women gathered in London to further their campaign for votes for women. Click here and see if you can spot the name of your great-gran or another family member in the list. If you do, let us know! We're on enquiries @ wcml.org.uk or 0161 736 3601.