Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Striking a Light: The Matchwomen and their place in history

Waltham Forest Radical History Workshop
Tuesday 11 October, 7.30pm,
Orford House Social Club
73 Orford Road Walthamstow E17 9PU

Railway/underground station: Walthamstow Central

Buses: Hoe Street

Louise Raw will talk about her book Striking a Light: a new history of the Bryant & May matchwomen’s strike of 1888.

Her book celebrates the achievement of a remarkable group of young East End women, who took on a ruthless cartel and won. Raw proves conclusively that these women changed the entire course of British labour history, and were in fact the mothers of the modern union movement.

The life histories of matchwomen like Eliza Martin and Mary Driscoll, who were instrumental in the strike, are told for the first time.

Copies of the book will be available for signing.
All Welcome

Admission: £2.50 Concessions £1.50