Education Action Programme for the Durham Miners’ Gala  5 & 8 July

All meetings, unless stated otherwise will take place in the Committee Room Miner’s Hall, Redhills, Durham City. All meetings are open to everyone and are free, except where stated.

Tuesday 5 July. 7–9pm Remembering Ruskin

North East Labour History Society presents a ‘First Tuesday’ event led by two formers students of Ruskin College, the home of trade union education. Rob Turnbull and Nigel Todd will reflect on their time at Ruskin and how it shaped their lives and this will be followed by a discussion that will also look to the future of working class education both at Ruskin and for the labour movement. All are welcome.

Friday 8 July

11am–4pm. Mineworkers Around the World; Taking on the Giants – and Winning

This Independent Working Class Education Day School will give an insight into the way the Global Multinationals operate, and what citizens, can do to stop their nonsense. Speakers include Elizabeth Cotton, co-authorof Global Unions Global Business – “the essential guide to international trade unionism”.

£5 includes lunch, pay on the day. To book a place: email

4–6pm. State Involvement in Industrial Disputes

Speakers from the ‘Shrewsbury 24’ and the ‘Orgreave Truth and Justice’ Campaigns will outline how State involvement

in industrial disputes resulted in the criminaliziation of workers simply for withdrawing their labour.

6–7.30pm. The People: he Rise and Fall of the Working Class 1910-2010

Talk by Selina Todd (Professor of Modern History, Oxford University) and a writer who regularly contributes to the Guardian.

7.30–9pm The Preview of the film of the ‘Heroes’ Concert

Sunday March 6th 2016 marked the thirtieth anniversary of an historic concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall. The Concert for Heroes was held to launch the Heroes Album, a compilation album of tracks donated by local and nationally known musicians. The album was to raise funds for the miners sacked in the bitter dispute of 1984-5. The Concert was filmed, but the cost of editing back in those days was prohibitively expensive, so it was sadly never seen. However, the film has now been transferred to a digital format, and includes interviews with some of the surviving participants.

About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's 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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