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Last updated:10 March 2015



'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...


Voices of revolution

The world changed in 1917. A century on from the Russian Revolution, this exhibition focuses on the voices of the women and men who witnessed events as they happened. More details to follow. Exhibitions are open Wed-Fri 1-5pm, and the first Sat of most months 10am-4pm.  


1917 conference

The Peace History Conference and the Library present a day exploring the effect of the Russian Revolutions on the British labour and peace movements.  The morning sessions considers the impact nationally and the afternoon covers, with talks, readings and film, the remarkable campaigns by women in the North West....


The occupation of the factories - women's resistance to factory closure in Scotland, 1981-82. Talk by Andy Clark

Dr Andy Clark (Scottish Oral History Centre) will discuss his research into the wave of factory occupations launched by women in the early ‘80s. At three factories threatened with closure and relocation, the workers took control of the plant and machinery in an attempt to force the companies to...


"...the point is to change it" - celebrating Ruth and Eddie Frow

In  November 2017 the Working Class Movement Library will mark thirty years since it moved into Jubilee House from its original home at 111 King's Road, Old Trafford. We  are marking this anniversary with an event celebrating the founders of the library, Ruth and Eddie Frow, and their commitment...


Censorship and the working class reader - celebrating the bicentenary of William Hone's trials

Join us to celebrate the bicentenary of a pivotal event in the history of British censorship. In December 1817, the radical satirist and publisher William Hone successfully defended himself in three high-profile prosecutions for blasphemous and seditious libel. Fiona Milne (University of York) will introduce us to Hone’s trials...


Wikipedia edit-a-thon

The Library and the People's History Museum are working together in a Heritage Lottery Fund project called Voting for Change, to acquire material related to the fight for the vote - from the Peterloo protest in 1819 to lowering the voting age in 1969. Following on from last year’s...


Brave hearts and missionary zeal - the National Federation of Women Workers 1906-21. Talk by Cathy Hunt

Endemic low pay, deductions and fines, intimidation and insecurity – some of the things women across Britain faced at work in the early 20th century. This talk shows how one union, the all-female National Federation of Women Workers, led by Mary Macarthur, sought not just to help but to...


A people's history of the Russian Revolution - talk by Neil Faulkner

In his new Pluto Press book A people’s history of the Russian Revolution, which is laced with first-hand testimony, Neil sets out to show how a mass movement of millions, organised in democratic assemblies, mobilised for militant action, and destroyed a regime of landlords, profiteers and warmongers. This talk...