In a Press Statement dated 19 February 2006 Alan Woodward announced: ‘NEW LOCAL HISTORY STUDY GROUP SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHED’. The first meeting, four days previously, was on the subject of local support for the Liverpool dockers’ strike in the 1990s; the next was to be about claimants and unemployed issues in the 1970s and 80s, based on experience from Tottenham Claimants Union.
The programme of regular talks was decided, a few months ahead if possible, by suggestions from and discussion among as many as wanted to be involved. Anniversaries of an appropriately radical kind were pounced on as a useful focus for discussion, providing some of the most successful choices of subject. Examples were May 1968/2008, brought to life by Alan’s impressive collection of posters, and Spain 1936/2011 with Brian Bamford as the invited speaker (from outside London, for once). The Spanish Revolution and Civil War also supplied the theme of the innovative online pamphlet on this blog, to which many supporters contributed, and which has continued to attract many page-views.
A pdf of the booklet "The NHS is 60" can be downloaded here.