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Last updated:10 March 2015



Exhibition 'Labour's special relationship: connections between the British and American labour movements from the nineteenth century until today'

A travelling exhibition from the TUC Library will explore one of the most important – and yet one of the least examined – parts of the international workers’ movement. Exhibitions are open Wed-Fri 1-5pm, and the first Sat of most months 10am-4pm.


Open afternoon on a Thomas Paine theme

Open Afternoon – if you’ve kept meaning to drop into that big Victorian house on the Crescent, today’s the day! We’re offering an opportunity to explore and find out more about how to get involved with the library. Our ground floor displays offer a great starting point for you...


International Women's Day/Wonder Women event - Lynx Theatre's play Sylvia

THIS EVENT IS NOW FULL We mark International Women's Day, and the centenary of (some) women getting the vote, with a play by Lynx Theatre about Sylvia Pankhurst, who has been called “the greatest Englishwoman of the twentieth century”.  She trained as an artist, but when her mother and...


The Acting Class - documentary screening

This is not a film about acting; it’s about the lack of working class representation on our stages and our screens.  Struggling actors outline the difficulties they face when they don’t have the resources to get into the industry, and actors including Chris Eccleston, Julie Hesmondhalgh and Maxine Peake...


'Any help possible will be given': the work of the Manchester and Salford Women's Trade Union Council 1895-1919

This event will celebrate the deposit at the Library of the original handwritten minutes of the Manchester and Salford Women's Trade Union Council (MSWTUC) by the Mary Quaile Club, which came across them during research into the life of Mary Quaile, an organiser for the Council 1911-1919. They are...


A tale of two Red Helens

Paula Moorhouse will compare and contrast the lives of Helen Macfarlane, who made the first translations from the original German of the Communist Manifesto and the writings of Hegel, and Helen Crawfurd, suffragist, peace campaigner, communist and organiser in the East End of Glasgow. Paula is a member of...


Radical Readings 3 - 'Suffer the little children'

The Working Class Movement Library is proud to present another in its series of Radical Readings fundraising events, this time introducing some of our younger supporters and readers as well as a couple of stalwarts. This year's show consists of accounts, stories and poems by and about the children who worked...


Marie Stopes: reluctant Mancunian, sexual revolutionary, birth control pioneer

We mark the centenary of Marie Stopes’s controversial Married love, first published on 26 March 1918, with a talk and readings from her work by Clare Debenham.   Marie Stopes was the first woman science lecturer appointed to the University of Manchester.  She was a reluctant Mancunian although Manchester featured...


Chartism Drop In Day: Ernest Jones and Chartism

As part of our Voting for Change project with the People’s History Museum, you can come and see some of the exciting newly acquired objects that help both organisations better tell the history of the fight for the vote.  The focus will be Chartism and its demands for political...


Protest: stories of resistance

To coincide with the anniversary of The National Blind March and a centenary of a number of women getting the vote, WCML welcomes contributors from the Comma Press anthology Protest: stories of resistance, twenty stories by twenty authors which reimagine key moments of British history from 1381 to the...

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