Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Our Friends in the North and the Real WWI

No Glory in War- Manchester

A day school for activists, researchers and people interested in alternative WW1 histories
Saturday 15 November at Manchester Metropolitan University (Business School)
The event will offer a space for activists, researchers and historians to explore alternative and global narratives, how we can use lessons from the past to build resistance to wars in our time and develop ideas for activism.
Further details, including booking information online at:

[previously poseted as: ] World War I Day School
Saturday 15th November 2014, 10.30am-4.30pm
Manchester Metropolitan University

This day school will develop a creative and inclusive space for activists, researchers and anyone else interested to explore different narratives of WW1, share our knowledge, views and ideas, take part in debate, and plan events for the next four years.
We will create a timeline of events, individual stories and family reminiscences during the day which we will use to stimulate planning activity to create a timeline for activism 2014- 2018.
Professor Karen Hunt, Keele University, will speak about Food and Austerity, workshops include research on conscientious objectors and other WW1 themes, building an anti-war movement today, making handbills – lessons from the past, and ways of getting our messages across. There will be space to discuss these and other topics you are interested in and to express your artistic side by contributing to the No Glory in War Manchester banner we will be making through the day.

World War I: Those Who Refused to Fight –  15 October 2014, 7pm at Friends Meeting House, Manchester.
Ali Ronan will give a talk on the No Conscription Fellowship Maintenance Committee 1916-1918 which was instigated by a group of Quakers in S Manchester. Barry Mills will talk on John Graham and the Quaker response in Manchester to the outbreak of World War I. 

On Saturday 1st November the Wakefield Socialist History Group will be holding a meeting at the Red Shed, Vicarage Street, Wakefield from 1 to 4pm with the title, WW1: From World War to World Revolution.  The speakers are Stephen Wood and Dave Sherry.
<< World War One, Tony Saunois (2014) writes, ended "one historical era, opened another and reshaped international and class relations."  In particular it "acted as the midwife to the greatest event in human history: the Russian Revolution."  Workers revolution also swept Germany.  A Soviet republic was declared in Bavaria and briefly in Hungary.  There we also military/naval mutinies and mass strikes in Britain. >>

Ashton under Lyne
The Mary Quaile Club are holding a Hannah Mitchell Day on Saturday 18 October. Hannah was an active Socialist, suffragette and peace campaigner as well as a councillor in Manchester in the 1920s. There will be talks on her life and politics, readings and songs.
It will take place in Topaz Cafe, 216 Katherine Street, Ashton under Lyne OL6 7AS, starting at 10.30am. The entrance is £6 (£4 waged) which includes lunch. Places are limited and may be booked in advance by emailing

World War I Tuesday ‘Not Such a Lovely War’ Talks and Discussions at Friends Meeting House, Silverwell Street, Bolton, 7.30 – 9pm
14 October: Early One Morning – Les Smith, the playwright
21 October: The Power of forgiveness: What can experiences in Rwanda teach us about the aftermath of World War One?- Margaret Johnston
28 October: World War 1 Poetry of Isaac Rosenberg – Dr Jon Glover
4 November: Responses to World War 1 by Quakers and Other Opponents of War in Bolton and Manchester – Barry Mills
11 November: Women Against World War 1 in Manchester and Bolton – Ali Ronan
18 November: New Thoughts on British War Resisters – Cyril Pearce (Cyril has detailed database of 17,000 British WW1 COs )
25 November: Experiences and Beliefs of Alfred Evans, World War 1 CO threatened with Execution – Malcolm Pittock (his nephew)
Organised by Bolton Quakers and all welcome

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