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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...

05
Aug

Exhibition: Protect, by Al Johnson

This installation by Al Johnson, shared between ourselves and the People's History Museum, celebrates the determination shown by the miners and their families against implacable political determinism during the Miners’ Strike 1984-1985. The installation is on view whenever the Library is open, although we particularly encourage you to come...

16
Sep

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. Pat says: 'As the present government heads to the final destruction of the post-war welfare state, it is timely to ask exactly what the Attlee government...

26
Sep

Keir Hardie centenary conference

Credit: ILP Publications 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 the impact Hardie had on British...

30
Sep

Talk, 'All our own work: the pioneers of Hebden Bridge and their co-operative mill'

Andrew Bibby introduces his new book, which tells the tale of the early worker-run cooperatives in Britain and in particular the fustian mill in Hebden Bridge which operated for almost fifty years as a cooperative. Admission free; light refreshments afterwards.

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

14
Oct

Nat, Sam and Ramona - the story of a Spanish Civil War photograph

Talk by Marshall Mateer based on new research from items in the WCML archive. This is the story of three volunteers – Nat Cohen, Sam Masters and Ramona Siles Garcia - during the early months of the Spanish Civil War in 1936; the 1930s and why they went to...

20
Oct

Black History Month talk, 'The forgotten war: World War I in Africa'

A talk by Marika Sherwood to mark Black History Month. France and Britain wanted to take over Germany’s colonies in West, South and East Africa. The wars were fought almost exclusively by many thousands of African troops officered by Whites. Especially in East Africa, the devastation was enormous. Germany...

28
Oct

Guernica in Manchester talk

Artist Tim Dunbar will give a talk alongside his exhibition Guernica in Manchester re-representation. Admission free; light refreshments afterwards.