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: email@example.com
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 shop.salford.ac.uk.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
6 -7 October. Lowry Salford (Box office: 0843 208 6000; Groups Line: 0843 208 6003)
12-15 October. Oldham Coliseum (Box office: 01616242829; www.coliseum.org.uk)
10 November. Barnsley Civic (Box office: 01226 327000; email@example.com)
12 November. Cast Doncaster (Box office: 01302 303 959; castindoncaster.com)
November 14-19. Lantern Theatre Sheffield (Box office: 0114 255 1776; www.lanterntheatre.org.uk)
November 22-23. St Michael’s Irish Centre, Liverpool (Box Office: 0151 263 1808; www.stmichaelsirishcentre.org