Labour Movement History Events and News outside London at 27 May

Friday 3 –Sunday 12 June. Manchester Histories Festival 

Saturday 4 June.  10am-2.30pm. Getting the Record Straight and Winning Again

Independent Working Class Education (IWCE) Network Day School. Contributors: Sally Groves (former Trico striker), Ann Field (Wapping), Martin Eady (RMT), Chris Coates and Richard Temple.

London Unite the Union Offices (Holborn)

£5. Lunch provided pay on the day. To Book a Place:  

Sunday 5 June. 2-4pm. Fishing in the Dustbowl fundraising concert

Working Class Movement Library’s second musical fundraising concert features Will Kaufman, performing and talking about some of his Woody Guthrie songs, and John Conolly performing and talking about  his own songs about life and work in the east coast fishing industry. This event is also part of the Manchester Histories Festival and a couple of Ewan MacColl’s songs are promised as well…

Venue: Peel Hall, University of Salford. Tickets at £10 (£8 concessions) are now on sale from the University online shop at 

Thursday 9 June. British Communism and Commitment

Day School at the Labour History Archive and Study Centre at the People’s History Museum.  It will bring together former party activists and researchers from a wide range of academic disciplines to analyse the complexities of commitment in the British Communist Party over its seventy-year history (1920-1991).  The event also marks the opening to researchers of new CPGB-related archive material, including the papers of Monty Johnstone (1928-2007).

Panel One: Writers and commitment on  Lewis Jones, Doris Lessing, Sylvia Townsend Warner and Valentine Ackland

Panel Two: Communist trajectories on Douglas Hyde, Margot Heinemann and six ex-Communist autobiographies

Talk about the Monty Johnstone papers and  related collections, archive tour

Panel Three: Communists and the trade unions on Coalfield Communists, and John Tocher

Round table: Communism, commitment and the archive.  Chaired by Professor Kevin Morgan.  Featuring Francis King (historian, former CP activist and archivist, editor of Socialist History), John Attfield (historian and former secretary of the Communist Party History Group) and Geoff Andrews (author of Endgames and New Times: The Final Years of British Communism 1964-1991 and The Shadow Man, a biography of James Klugmann).

Registration is £20, which includes lunch.  The closing date for registration is 31 May at 5pm. You can register at .

Further information from organiser Ben Harker

Saturday 11 June. 10am-4pm. The Labour Movement: Where’s it from? Where’s it going? 

Day school for political activists and trade unionists looking at historical and contemporary issues facing the Labour Movement. Organised by the Independent Working Class Education (IWCE) Network with Labour activists from across East Anglia.

Introductions- Who are we? What brings us here? Where are we active?-all participants

The IWCE – Purpose and practice – Dave Welsh

The Plebs League and Chartism – Colin Waugh

The Agricultural Workers Union – Lessons from History – Dave Berry

Jeremy Corbyn- Election or Oblivion – Dave Berry

Lunch: A small sandwich lunch will be provided

Domestic Violence: A Workplace Issue – Jenny Webber & Ann Skipper

How do we improve education/activism – Jenny Webber

What next? Where next? How do we organise – All

Sessions will be about one hour in a participatory style with discussion and debate.

Methodist Chapel, Chapelfield, Norwich, NR2 1SD.

£10. To book a place email:

Dare Devil Rides To Jarama

New play by Neil Gore is about Wall of Death motorcycle rider Clem “Dare Devil” Beckett fighting in Spain in 1936, commissioned by the International Brigades Memorial Trust.

Performance dates:
6 -7 October. Lowry Salford (Box office: 0843 208 6000; Groups Line: 0843 208 6003)
12-15 October. Oldham Coliseum (Box office: 01616242829;
10 November. Barnsley Civic (Box office: 01226 327000;
12 November. Cast Doncaster (Box office: 01302 303 959;
November 14-19. Lantern Theatre Sheffield (Box office: 0114 255 1776;
November 22-23. St Michael’s Irish Centre, Liverpool (Box Office: 0151 263 1808;


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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