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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. An accompanying booklet is available for...


How do we get radical change? A discussion meeting

A discussion meeting on lessons from socialist history / addressing urgent issues today Challenges from climate change to increasing inequality show the urgent need for effective radical politics. This discussion event is an opportunity to debate strategy and direction, drawing lessons from socialist history, and relating them to current...


Heritage Open Days 2018

The Library is marking Heritage Open Days 2018 with 'behind-the-scenes' tours on Thursday 13 and Friday 14 September at 2pm.  Book in advance via info @ wcml.org.uk.


Invisible Histories talk - Five things you (possibly) might not know about the Spanish Civil War

Author David Ebsworth (the pen name of former T&GWU Regional Secretary, Dave McCall) talks about the background to his Spanish Civil War novels, focusing on five largely untold aspects of the conflict - Franco's battlefield tourism; the role of the Co-operative movement's Reynolds News; the strange role of Britain's...


Exhibition: Votes for women . . . or votes for ladies?

An exhibition to celebrate women achieving the first step toward equal voting rights with men after decades of struggle. The exhibition is part of our project Voting for change and will feautre various items acquired as part of this project  For accompanying talk on art and suffrage by Elizabeth...


Not just 'Love on the dole': Walter Greenwood and working class writing

This event will mark the publication of Chris Hopkins’s new book on Walter Greenwood, as well as the 80th anniversary of the publication of Love on the dole, and 115 years since Greenwood was born.  It is a joint event between the University of Salford and the Working Class...


The art of suffrage propaganda - talk by Elizabeth Crawford

An illustrated talk alongside our suffrage centenary exhibition, discussing the wide range of artworks – banners, posters, postcards, china, jewellery etc –  produced by suffrage artists in support of the women’s suffrage campaign in the years before the First World War. The talk draws on research undertaken for Elizabeth's...


Invisible Histories talk - Poetry for a new era: Walt Whitman and British socialism, 1880-1914

Talk by Kirsten Harris, Senior Teaching Fellow, University of Warwick. Despite Walt Whitman’s outright refusal to endorse socialist politics, his poetry was read enthusiastically by young socialist activists in Britain and America who believed that it spoke to and for the modern socialist cause. This was a movement in...


Day conference: More than just the Pankhursts - the wider suffrage movement

A one-day conference examining the broad range of campaigns to extend the right to vote which have been virtually ignored in this centenary year. Tickets including lunch and teas/coffees price £18 (£10 concessions i.e. full-time students, unemployed and retired people) + booking fee will be available via this page...


Invisible Histories talk - Joseph Arch: agricultural trade unionist and MP

Talk by Martin Empson. "The trodden worms, which had so long writhed under the iron heel of the oppressor, were turning at last… The sore stricken, who had brooded in sullen anger over their wrongs, were rising to strike in their turn." February 2019 marks the centenary of the...

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