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Last updated:10 March 2015



Everyday Austerity - an exhibition

The Everyday Austerity exhibition is the result of two years of research with families in Greater Manchester by Dr Sarah Marie Hall, which gathered first-hand, personal accounts of everyday life in austerity. These accounts have been turned into a series of original drawings by North West zine artist Stef Bradley, and...


International Women's Day - Marika Sherwood and Peggy Mulongo

We will mark International Women's Day with a talk by Marika Sherwood on Claudia Jones’s remarkable life – Claudia (1915-1964) was born in Trinidad; her parents took her to the US as a child and she was subsequently imprisoned for her political activities and later deported to the UK. ...


Trevor Fisher talk - 'Reclaiming the Blanketeers'

March 2017 sees the 200th anniversary of the March of the Blanketeers, probably the first attempt at a protest march from a provincial city to Westminster. Now largely obscure, the precedent once established has been used ever since, and the organisers had devised a tactic which deserves to be...


Geoff Andrews talk on James Klugmann, 'The Shadow Man'

Geoff Andrews has researched and published widely on the history of political ideas and movements. His latest book The Shadow Man: at the Heart of the Cambridge Spy Circle (I.B. Tauris, 2015), explores the political commitments of those attracted to communism in Britain in the 1930s, and through the...


Book launch - biography of Noah Ablett

Robert Turnbull's Climbing Mount Sinai: Noah Ablett 1883-1935 is the first full-length biographical study of one of the most controversial personalities to emerge from the South Wales coalfield in the era preceding WW1, an era of unparalleled industrial militancy in which Ablett played a leading role. The book tells...


Ruth Cohen talk - 'Margaret Llewelyn Davies: socialist, feminist and co-operator'

This talk explores how Margaret, an inspiring and visionary campaigner, led the Women's  Co-operative Guild between 1889 and 1921 -  a period in which it became an outstanding public voice for working-class women, and has also been described as the ‘left wing’ of the co-operative movement. This talk is...


Deborah Mutch talk - 'What I mean, my dear': The Woman Worker and the male voice

The Woman Worker began on 1 September 1907 when it was published by the National Federation of Women Workers and edited by Mary R. Macarthur.  Although intended by its founder, Robert Blatchford, as the first workers'/socialist publication specifically for women, from the very first issue there was clearly going to...


Alison Ronan talk - 'The real rebels of WW1'

A short film and illustrated talk by Ali Ronan about the Women’s Peace Crusade in East Lancashire during 1917-1918. This talk is part of the Invisible Histories series - all welcome, admission free, light refreshments afterwards.                    


Stephen Mustchin talk - Strikes, workplace occupations and 'the right to share hardship'; engineering trade unionism and the 1980 occupation at Gardner

This talk, by Stephen Mustchin, Lecturer in Employment Studies, University of Manchester, focuses on engineering trade unionism, workplace conflict and strikes at the famous Eccles-based engine manufacturer L. Gardner and Sons.  Strong workplace union organisation emerged following two long strikes in 1968 and late 1972, and in 1980 a...


Dean Kirby talk on Angel Meadow

In this talk, journalist Dean Kirby will take listeners on a journey through the gin palaces, alleyways and underground vaults of this nineteenth century Manchester slum, which was  considered so diabolical it was re-christened 'hell upon earth' by Friedrich Engels. Dean is a national newspaper journalist who has been...