Labour Movement History Events at 25 March

Sunday 3 April. 2pm. Film Show: A Terrible Beauty, Mise Eire and The Wind that Shakes the Barley

Films about the Easter Rising 1916. Entrance by donation. Glossop Labour Club, 11-13 Chapel Street, Glossop SK13 8AT.

Monday 4 April. Labour (dis)united: disputed legitimacies within the British labour movement Conference

Organised by the Centre for Research on the English-speaking World, and sponsored by the Society for the Study of Labour History (SSLH) and the Labour Movements Group of the Political Studies Association (PSA).

The organisers state: ‘Conflicts of legitimacy within the labour movement have repeatedly raised the issue of who can claim to speak on behalf of labour organisations and working class people. This conference will allow us to identify more clearly and from new perspectives long-term convergences and divergences in terms of both organisational structures and decision-making processes’.

People’s History Museum. Manchester.Conference fee £20.

See the full conference programme and booking details here


Friday 8 April. 1.30pm. Benny Rothman

Launch of a Unite the union’s biography Benny Rothman: a fighter for the right to roam, workers’ rights and socialism, written by Mark Metcalf, covers not only the part played by Benny in the Kinder Scout mass trespass but also his battles against Mosley’s fascist Blackshirts and his wide-ranging campaigns as a trade unionist and environmentalist.
Further details from Mark Metcalf at 07952 801783,

Monday 18 April. Closing Date for Paper Offers For Walking Through London’s History Conference. See below.

Thursday 21 April. 7.30pm. The Rebellions of 1817.  

Talk by Dr Robert Poole of the University of Central Lancashire The Huddersfield Local History Society/University of Huddersfield Joint Luddite Memorial Lecture takes place in the Diamond Jubilee Lecture Theatre, The Business School, University of Huddersfield, with light refreshments available from 7pm.

Free but booking required via eventbrite:

Monday 25 April. 6.30pm. The Development of Co-operation in Salford

A talk covering co-operative activity in Salford in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries will be given by Gillian Lonergan, Head of Heritage Resources, National Co-operative Archive. Free but starts with light refreshments. Working Class Movement Library, Salford.

Saturday 7 May. 2pm. “A new world in our hearts”: anarchism and the Spanish Civil War. Seventh Frow Lecture.

Lecture by Richard Cleminson, Professor of Hispanic Studies at the University of Leeds. He will  outline and critically assess the anarchist political and cultural contribution to social progress in the 1930s and anarchist participation in the revolutionary period of the Spanish Civil War. The talk focuses not on the military aspects of the war, although these are touched upon, but on the revolutionary changes made possible by the anarchist and anarcho-syndicalist movement, particularly the CNT (Confederación Nacional del Trabajo – National Confederation of Labour) in respect of the agrarian collectives, the collectivisation of workplaces, changes in gender patterns, the contribution to cultural and education change, and the “revolution of mentalities” fostered by the anarchists over this period.

Admission free; light refreshments after.  All welcome. Working Class Movement Library at the  Old Fire Station, University of Salford.

Sunday 5 June. 2-4pm WCML Fund Raising Concert featuring Woody Guthrie Songs 

Will Kaufman will perform and talk about some of his Woody Guthrie songs, and John Conolly will perform and talk about  his own songs about life and work in the east coast fishing industry. A singer, multi-instrumentalist and Professor of American Literature and Culture at the University of Central Lancashire, is the author of the first political biography of Guthrie, Woody Guthrie, American radical. He has two further books on Guthrie forthcoming in 2017. Most recently, Will unearthed Guthrie’s previously unpublished lyrics condemning the racism of his landlord, Fred C. Trump – Donald Trump’s father.

Peel Hall, University of Salford Tickets at £10 (£8 concessions) will be available from the University online shop (details to follow).

Thursday 30 June – Sunday 3 July. Radical Histories/Histories of Radicalism Conference

To commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the death of the socialist historian Raphael Samuel, along with the fortieth anniversary of the journal he helped to found, History Workshop Journal. A weekend of discussion, celebration and debate bringing together activists, community historians, students, teachers, writers, artists, practitioners of history, from inside and outside universities. Talks, films, screenings, theatre, song, dance, walks and talks; stands, exhibitions, caucuses, debates.

For booking information go to

About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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