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Last updated:18 June 2015

Exhibition: Spirit of '45: from warfare to welfare

Event location: WCML

Runs: From 1st May 2015 to 25th Sep 2015

Event time: 13:00 to 17:00

1945 Labour Party posterIn July 1945, to the astonishment of Winston Churchill, and indeed everyone else except Aneurin Bevan, the people of Britain elected a Labour government.  In a landslide victory 213 Conservative members were outnumbered by 393 Labour.  70 years later we are revisiting the achievements of that government and exploring what remains of its radical reforms.

In 1945 Britain was almost bankrupt but during its six years in power the Labour government was able to transform completely the lives of all the people of this country, particularly the working class.  It reduced inequalities, extended public ownership, set up the welfare state, improved working and living conditions and established a national health service which is still the envy of the world.

The exhibition looks not only at the welfare state but also at housing, nationalisation, transport and foreign policy.

A series of free Wednesday afternoon talks runs alongside the exhibition.

Exhibition open during our drop-in times, Wednesdays to Fridays 1-5pm.