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Last updated:10 March 2015



To Make That Future Now

To Make That Future Now! - 150 years of the Manchester and Salford Trades Council - exhibition. For 150 years the Trades Council has fought, not only for socialism and trade union rights, but also against injustices such as poverty, discrimination and unemployment - and, as two separate institutions...


Heritage Open Days 2016 - library tours

The Library is marking Heritage Open Days 2016 with 'behind-the-scenes' tours on Thursday 8 and Friday 9 September at 2pm.  Book in advance via enquiries wcml.org.uk Heritage Open Days is the country’s largest heritage festival with over 4,600 events, around 40,000 volunteers and some three million visitors taking part...


Pit props: music, international solidarity and the 1984/85 miners' strike

Talk by Granville Williams. A new book from the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom, edited by Granville, marks the end of an era in coal mining in the UK and highlights how the year-long struggle by the miners in defence of jobs and communities still resonates today.  It...


Radical women, 1880-1914

A One-Day Public Conference Keynote Speakers: Professor Sheila Rowbotham, Manchester University, UK Professor Karen Hunt, Keele University, UK The conference is now fully booked. If you wish to be put on a waiting list in case tickets get returned to us, please email trustees wcml.org.uk The decades spanning the...


The Olimpiada Popular of 1936 and the worker sport movement in the inter-war years

Talk by Ray Physick. Organisations linked to the international worker sport movement responded to an invitation from the Comité Organizador de la Olimpiada Popular (COOP) to take part in an alternative Olympics, the Olimpiada Popular, in Barcelona in July 1936.  It is estimated that some 10,000 athletes and 25,000...


'We Only Want the Earth'

On the centenary of the Easter rising, a WCML exhibition explores the life of one of its leaders, James Connolly, socialist, trade unionist, nationalist and revolutionary.  We only want the earth reveals the life and prolific works of this enigmatic man. Exhibition open Wednesdays to Fridays 1-5pm, and the...


Black History Month talk - Lou Kushnick

'Race, racism and the working class struggle' - talk by Lou Kushnick, founder of the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre.


Protests and public space in Lancashire and Yorkshire in the age of radicals and the Chartists, 1789-1848

Talk by Katrina Navickas, Univesrity of Hertfordshire. This talk examines how radicals and Chartists in early 19th century Lancashire and Yorkshire contested restrictions on their right to meet and speak in public spaces. It also showcases an exciting new 3D visualisation of a Chartist procession in 1840s Manchester. This free talk is part of our autumn Invisible Histories series. All...


"Organise, educate and agitate": trade unionism and office workers in Britain, 1914-39

Talk by Nicole Robertson, Sheffield Hallam University. The rising prominence of the clerical sector was one of the most important changes in the twentieth century workplace. As organisations grew larger and more complex the need for greater communication and documentation transformed office work. Clerical workers became a key component...


Museums at Night - Quiet Loner and Jennifer Reid

Broadside ballads from the Manchester region from the ‘Middleton Linnet’ Jennifer Reid form a counterpoint to Battle for the Ballot, in which singer-songwriter Quiet Loner uses original songs to tell the story of how working people came to have a vote.  The story will take in events like the...

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