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Last updated:10 March 2015



The life and work of Marx and Engels - an exhibition

This exhibition celebrates the truly creative partnership between Karl Marx and Frederick Engels, and the body of revolutionary, philosophical and economic writings that their collaboration produced. Engels claimed that he was happy to be “second fiddle” to “so splendid a first fiddle as Marx” but it is hard to...


Peterloo - 'Living History' performance

Drop into our hall to help us commemorate the 198th anniversary of the Peterloo massacre with a Living History performance, courtesy of the People's History Museum. This event is part of our joint Voting for Change project.  No booking necessary.


Heritage Open Days 2017 - library tours

The Library is marking Heritage Open Days 2017 with 'behind-the-scenes' tours on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 September at 2pm.  Book in advance via enquiries @ wcml.org.uk


Comparing Manchester, Lancashire and Bangladeshi traditional song - talk by Jennifer Reid

During a research visit to Dhaka this year, Jennifer discovered many links between Manchester and Lancashire traditional songs and those from Dhaka and Sylhet. Using the shared cotton industry which has acted as a bridge between the UK and Bangladesh, there are relevant comparisons to be made. Admission free;...


Book launch - 'Citizens'. Mike Sanders in conversation with poet Ian Parks

Ian Parks is the only poet to have his work published in the Morning Star and the Times Literary Supplement on the same day, and his new collection 'Citizens' explores the tensions between poetry and politics, the spoken and the unspoken, the private and the public. Accompanied by the...


Could Salford produce another Shelagh Delaney? Round table discussion

In anticipation of this year's Shelagh Delaney Day, join Shelagh's daughter Charlotte Delaney, her biographer Selina Todd and MaD Theatre Company to discuss whether opportunities exist for young working class women to find a voice and an audience almost 60 years after A Taste of Honey first appeared. This talk is part...


Southern Voices exhibition 'Out of the shadows: 1914-18 perspectives of colonised people'

In 2015 Southern Voices, a Manchester-based community group, received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop this exhibition exploring the role and experiences of colonised peoples of the British West Indies, Nigeria, India and German and British East Africa during World War I. We are delighted to...


The Grunwick strike - drowning in support, starving for action: talk by Sheila Cohen

Sheila’s talk about the seminal 1976-78 strike at the Grunwick film processing factory will focus on issues of direct versus representative democracy - the union leadership being the 'representative' side - and also the need for link-ups in workplace trade unionism in order to build and encourage solidarity.  Organisations...


'We are the lions, Mr Manager'

Townsend Theatre Productions' new play, written by Neil Gore, is premiering at the Working Class Movement Library. We Are The Lions, Mr. Manager! is the remarkable story of Jayaben Desai, the inspirational leader of the 1976-78 Grunwick Strike. She not only stood up for workers’ rights and against oppression...


The Co-operative Party 100 years on - a reflection by Angela Whitecross

2017 marks the centenary of the Co-operative Party.  This talk will consider the formation of the party and its development through the 20th century, exploring its relationship both with the broader co-operative movement and with the Labour Party. This talk is part of the Invisible Histories series - all...

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