The exhibition features social and political activist material culture, highlighting the histories and memories associated with the items, from Greece to Greenham, Animal Liberation to ACT UP and the alter-globalisation movements to the recent student occupations.
Exhibition runs 15-21 May
Lower Street Gallery
London College of Communication,
Elephant & Castle,
Reminder: STILL THE ENEMY WITHIN
UK 2014, Dir. Owen Gower. 112 min. (Speaker TBC)
Some 30 years after the end of the 1984-85 miner's strike Radical Islington are organsing a special May Day screening of Still the Enemy Within in collaboration with Reel Islington.
Date: Fri May 1 2015
Time: Doors open at 6PM, film starts at 6:30PM
Cost: £5 / £2.50 unwaged or low wage concession.
Location: The Rocket Complex, London Metropolitan University, 166-220
Holloway Road, London N7 8DB
The topic is "The Story of the Independent Labour Party -and the Lessons for Today!"
There will be two speakers.
The first speaker is Iain Dalton, West Yorkshire Organiser for the Socialist Party. The Socialist Party stands for a "democratic society run for the needs of all and not the profits of a few." It is part of the Committee for a Workers' International.
The second speaker is Barry Winter, author of "The ILP: Past and Present", from Independent Labour Publications which is an "educational trust, publishing house and pressure group committed to democratic socialism."
Kitty Rees will be in the Chair.
Questions, debate, discussion.
Excellent award winning real ale!
(Admission is free and there will be a free light buffet.)
Update: How It Went...
From Wakefield Socialist History Group:
Twenty two people attended a
meeting on Saturday at the Red Shed to discuss "The Story of the
Independent Labour Party -and lessons for today."
The first speaker was Iain
Dalton from the Socialist Party. Iain highlighted how the ILP was founded
in Bradford and argued that it was the "product of struggles that took
place in West Yorkshire" beforehand such as the strike at Manningham Mills.
The second speaker was Barry
Winter from Independent Labour Publications. Barry spoke in particular
about the life and contribution of Keir Hardie. This year sees the
centenary of his death.
The Group's next event is a guided walk around Radical
Bradford on Saturday 13th June.
Sunday 17th May 2015
Feminists and Dissenters, Anarchist printers and Squatters, Radical Clubs,
and much more
Meet 12 midday in Newington Green, London N1.
Bring your own bits of history.
51 The Crescent,
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Our next exhibition, Spirit of
‘45: from warfare to welfare, opens on Friday 1 May. Following the end of the
Second World War the people of Britain elected a Labour government. It was a
landslide victory. Seventy years later we recall the achievements of that
government and explore what remains of its radical reforms.
Open during our drop-in times, Wednesdays to Fridays 1-5pm.
There will be a series of free events alongside the exhibition:
Wednesday 10 June 2pm - Francis Beckett talk on Clement Attlee
Wednesday 24 June 2pm - Screening of the National Co-operative Film Archive's
1945 film Song of the People.
Wednesday 8 July 2pm - Pat Thane talk on the 1945 welfare reforms
Wednesday 22 July 2pm - Keith Flett talk, 'A History of 1945: beyond Ken Loach'
On Friday 8 May at 2pm at the Library, Professor Sharon Ruston (Lancaster University) will give a talk on Mary Wollstonecraft and natural history. She will discuss the way that Wollstonecraft used natural history knowledge to form her ideas for her feminist treatise, Vindication of the Rights of Woman. Admission free.
* On Sunday 10 May at 2pm in Peel Hall at the University of Salford, the Library and the University present a centenary tribute to Ewan MacColl. In Ewan MacColl, his life, his words, his music the man will be brought to life by former Smiths drummer Mike Joyce and singer-songwriter John Conolly: [Update] A slight change in personnel for our Ewan MacColl event. David Crellin (The Cops, Emmerdale) will now be participating alongside Mike Joyce and John Conolly – and Library Trustee Maxine Peake will be making guest appearances as both Joan Littlewood and Peggy Seeger!Tickets £12 (£8 students) are available from the University online shop. All proceeds to the Library.
Tickets £12 (£8 students) available only from the University online shop. All proceeds to the Library.
On Thursday 14 May the Library is again taking part in Manchester After Hours with a free Museums at Night event, Songs from Cottonpolis. Come and enjoy the fine acoustic of the Library's hall - drop in any time 5-7.30pm to hear singing from the Bailey Sisters, browse exhibits and enjoy refreshments.
Admission free. This is not a ticketed event - please arrive in good time to ensure a seat.
Newsflash - change of venue for Frow Lecture
This Saturday's Frow Lecture by TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady will now take place at Manchester Mechanics’ Institute, 103 Princess Street, Manchester M1 6DD (entrance on Major Street), starting at 2.15pm rather than 2pm. Directions here.
Opening hours here. Raymond Williams Now
Registration price £30 waged, £15 concessions here (closing date Friday 15 May).
• Monday 18 May 2015- Creating and curating community histories – independent community-led archives and the ‘use-able past’