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Last updated:10 March 2015



Exhibition: The power of unity - 150 years of the TUC

In 1868 at the Mechanics' Institute in Manchester a meeting took place that became the first successful attempt to bring together the trades unions. This exhibition celebrates 150 years of the Trades Union Congress and looks at the continuing need for unions now. And on Thursday 17 May  from...


Capturing the heritage of the workers' co-operative movement, 1970s-1990s

Talk by Philippa Lewis. The 1970s-1990s saw a wave of new workers’ co-operatives set up. These were businesses owned and controlled by the workers, with an emphasis on fairness and shared decision making. Although developing partially from the older UK co-operative productive societies, this period of workers’ co-operatives is...


The war and the workers: the labour movement and the home front during the First World War

Talk by David Swift. The First World War brought with it many trials for the working men and women of Great Britain: from food prices to rent increases, disability and bereavement, the war exacerbated existing difficulties and created fresh challenges. Nonetheless the labour movement, under the auspices of the...


Jill Liddington 'One hand tied behind us' - 40 years on

Join us to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the publication of this suffrage classic, in tribute to the Frows’ support for the research of Jill Liddington and Jill Norris, and to mark Vote 100. Admission free; more details to follow.


Film - Socialists, Suffragists, Pacifists and Cyclists! The Last Clarion House

This short film is a mix of oral testimonies and archive footage made by the Clapham Film Unit and local volunteers. It is a moving and profound testament to the early socialist, suffrage and pacifist pioneers in Nelson and their enduring legacy in national and local politics.   Ali Ronan will...


Anne Scargill in conversation with Maxine Peake

Coinciding with Maxine's new play Queens of the Coal Age at Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre, we are very pleased to welcome Anne Scargill talking to her about the Parkside Pit occupation of 1993. More details to follow.


Invisible Histories digitisation project - Seeing the hidden, hearing the unheard

A finale event to celebrate a Salford University-funded digitisation project which – thanks to student involvement - will open up the Library’s unique Spanish Civil War collection to a vastly wider audience.