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Last updated:10 March 2015

Events

01
May

Exhibition: Spirit of '45: from warfare to welfare

In July 1945, to the astonishment of Winston Churchill, and indeed everyone else except Aneurin Bevan, the people of Britain elected a Labour government.  In a landslide victory 213 Conservative members were outnumbered by 393 Labour.  70 years later we are revisiting the achievements of that government and exploring...

10
Jun

Francis Beckett talk on Clement Attlee

Francis Beckett is an author, journalist, broadcaster, playwright and contemporary historian.  He will talk about his book Clem Attlee, which has been described as 'an engrossing personal biography'. Admission free. This talk is part of a series running alongside the Library exhibition Spirit of `45: from warfare to welfare.

18
Jun

No Redemption Songs

A film and music performance with songwriter Brenda Heslop, her band Ribbon Road and  photographer Keith Pattison, made to mark 30 years since the miners’ strike. Keith documented the strike at Easington Colliery through an in-depth series of black and white photographs following the striking miners and their families...

24
Jun

Film screening, 'Song of the People'

Film screening of the National Co-operative Film Archive’s Song of the People. Made in 1945, this film stars a young Bill Owen as a factory worker singing about characters and events in British history from the 14th century to recent conflicts, showing how the lesson for the future lies...

05
Jul

A Hundred in One Hundred Minutes

Songs, poems and tales from 100 years of working class struggles – a fundraiser for the Library with ballad singer Jennifer Reid and Manchester University’s Michael Sanders Price £10 - tickets to be booked in advance by emailing trustees@wcml.org.uk  

08
Jul

Pat Thane talk on the 1945 welfare reforms

Pat Thane, Research Professor in Contemporary British History, Institute of Contemporary British History, King's College, London, will speak about the post-war welfare reforms. Admission free. This talk is part of a series running alongside the Library exhibition Spirit of `45: from warfare to welfare

22
Jul

Keith Flett talk - 'A history of 1945: beyond Ken Loach'

Keith Flett is a socialist historian and a prolific letter writer in the British press. Admission free. This talk is part of a series running alongside the Library exhibition Spirit of `45: from warfare to welfare

26
Sep

Keir Hardie centenary conference - call for papers

Keynote Speaker: Professor David Howell, University of York   Saturday 26 September 2015 will mark the centenary of the death of James Keir Hardie at the comparatively young age of 59. But in those 59 years Hardie had changed the political landscape of Britain. This conference aims to celebrate...

02
Oct

Exhibition: Guernica in Manchester re-representation

Exhibition by Manchester artist Tim Dunbar. Open during Library drop-in times, Wednesdays to Fridays 1-5pm and the first Saturday of most months 10am-4pm. More information to follow