Sunday 16 August. 1pm. Peterloo commemoration Picnic
Open space in front of Manchester Central Conference Centre.
Timings for the marches into Manchester from Saddleworth, Gee Cross, Stockport, Eccles, Bolton, Salford and Middleton contingents and by ‘Sam Bamford’s group’ and ‘Henry Hunt’s group’ are here.
Monday 17 August. 1pm. ICWE Manifesto for Independent Working Class Education
Keith Venables and Rob Turnbull introduce. Word Power Books, 43-45 West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DB. http://www.word-power.co.uk/viewEventList.php?category_id=12
Tuesday 18 August. 7.30pm. A World to Win: learning from the past – making the future
Talk by Keith Venables at Ragged University, Leith Beer Company, 58 The Shore, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6SL.
Thursday 10 and Friday 11 September. 2pm. Heritage Open Days at Working Class Movement Library, Salford. You can book in advance via firstname.lastname@example.org. For details of Heritage Open Days events across the UK head to www.heritageopendays.org.uk.
Saturday 12 September. The stained glass of William Morris in Greater Manchester. 11am
Paul Renshaw will focus on Tameside and incorporate other stained glass designers in the Victorian era. Attendees will then be free to visit any of the historical buildings that are open and see the stained glass. Tameside Local Studies and Archives Centre, Tameside Central Library, Old Street, Ashton-Under-Lyne, OL6 7SG. If you would like to book a place on the talk please ring 0161 342 4242.
Wednesday 16 September. 2pm. Pat Thane. The 1945 welfare reforms. Working Class Movement Library, Salford.
Thursday 17 September. Protect
Installation by Al Johnson, shared between Working Class Movement Library and the People’s History Museum, celebrates the determination shown by the miners and their families against implacable political determinism during the miners’ strike 1984-1985. Al is a sculptor and was commissioned by the Mitchell Arts Centre, Stoke-on-Trent, to make a new work to commemorate the miners’ strike. The curved police riot shield acts as a central form for the installation. These freestanding objects, both riot shield and protective armour, are made from red stained plywood. On each shield a statement, slogan, or quote evokes the mood and moment of the strike. Working Class Movement Library, Salford.
Saturday 19 September. Women Making History
Independent Working Class Education (ICWE) project event. Unite the Union HQ. Further details from
Keir Hardie centenary conference – Saturday 26 September
This conference will mark the centenary of the death of James Keir Hardie at the comparatively young age of 59. But in those 59 years Hardie had changed the political landscape of Britain. This conference, which takes place at the Working Class Movement Library in Salford aims to celebrate the impact Hardie had on British society and the legacy he left for those who followed.
Keynote address by David Howell (University of York).
Papers on Hardie and Wales, Hardie and Ireland, ‘Hardie, Carlyle and the Hero’ and ‘Hardie and the Great Unrest: Struggles, Strikes, and Internationalism’.
Full programme details at
The conference is organised by the Working Class Movement Library and De Montfort University, Leicester and is sponsored and supported by the North West Labour History Society, the Society for the Study of Labour History and the Keir Hardie Society.
£20 waged and £7.50 unwaged including refreshments and lunch. Places must be reserved and paid for in advance. Please email Royston Futter, email@example.com
Wednesday 30 September. Rewriting IWCE: making it make sense for me!
Independent Working Class Education (ICWE) project event. Leicester Friends Meeting House. Further details from
Wednesday 30 September. 2pm. ‘All our own work’: the pioneers of Hebden Bridge and their co-operative mill
Andrew Bibby introduces his new book, which tells the tale of the early worker-run co-operatives in Britain and in particular the fustian mill in Hebden Bridge which operated for almost fifty years as a co-operative. Working Class Movement Library, Salford.
Saturday 3 October. 2pm. Women and Trade Unions
Provisional talk by Sarah Boston. New Mechanics, North Sherwood Street, Nottingham. Nottingham & Derby Labour History Society. https://ndlhs.wordpress.com.
Wednesday 14 October. 2pm. Nat, Sam and Ramona – the story of a Spanish Civil War photograph
A talk by Marshall Mateer based on new research from items in the WCML archive. This is the story of three volunteers – Nat Cohen, Sam Masters and Ramona Siles Garcia – during the early months of the Spanish Civil War in 1936. Working Class Movement Library, Salford.
Wednesday 28 October. 2pm. Guernica in Manchester re-representation
Artist Tim Dunbar will give a talk alongside his exhibition which opens on 2 October. Working Class Movement Library, Salford.
Full details of all forthcoming events at the Library can be found at www.wcml.org.uk/events