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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.