Friday, November 6, 2015

Later Autumn Listings

Some reminders, some new...

Opposing WW1: exhibition & talk in London

If you're in London next week, don't miss the opportunity to visit this exhibition of Emily Johns' posters for PN, celebrating the people and movements that opposed the First World War:
When: Monday 9 November – Friday 13 November, 11am - 4pm
Where: Torriano Meeting House, 99 Torriano Avenue, NW5 2RX (tube: Kentish Town)
Emily and Gabriel will also be running a talk and workshop on the same topic, at the same venue, 7 – 9pm, Thursday 12 November. 
Please spread the word to anyone you think might be interested (the 12 November talk is on Facebook here)!

 Not forgetting: No Glory in War Day school
on Saturday November 14th 2015. 
Please enrol via Eventbrite -although we are happy to take money on the day. The venue is accessible, we will be on the second floor. The building can be reached by public transport- bus 86, 250 or 141.Car parking is tricky - brave new university world- but there is carpark nearby which can be accessed on the day and which will charge.
There will be a cafe on-site for lunch, we will provide light refreshments.
"The day looks really varied and interesting so please come along. 
There will be a book stall and some refreshments! "

pdf available for use as leaflet or poster.   

RELATED French Film – missed it, but it may be of interest and/or turn up somewhere else...
 14-18 Refuser la guerre – Refusing War, 1914-1918 n French TV
Jeudi 5 novembre 2015
France 3
 Fraternisations, grèves, émeutes parsèment le déroulement de la Grande Guerre. Calomniées et réprimées, la désobéissance militaire et la mutinerie s'apparentent à un mythe silencieux. Pourtant, de toute l’Europe, à jamais marquée par ces quatre années de guerre, se sont élevées les voix de ces Français, Allemands, Anglais, Russes qui ont dit non. Ce film, intégralement composé d’archives, relie et décrypte les mots et les actes de ceux qui refusèrent cette « guerre européenne, cette mêlée sacrilège qui offre le spectacle d’une Europe démente montant sur le bûcher et se déchirant de ses mains », selon les termes mêmes que Romain Rolland, fervent pacifiste, clame dès septembre 1914. Ce film, réalisé par Georgette Cuvelier, sera diffusé le jeudi 5 novembre 2015 à 23h35 sur France 3.

Fraternisation, strikes, and disturbances crop up throughout the Great War. Misrepresented and repressed, military disobedience and mutiny during the First World War seem like a kind of silent myth. Nevertheless, throughout Europe, French, German, English and Russian voices were being raised to say No. This film, composed entirely from archive material, recovers and decodes the words and actions of those who refused [... quotation from Romain RollandAu-dessus de la mêlée, 1914].


Event around Vietnam War GIs and resistance to war

Virtual archives and the democritization of access; The Vietnam War GI

Host: Dr James Lewes

Venue: Common House, 
Unit 5E Pundersons Gardens, 
Bethnal Green, London E2 9QG

Date: Fri 20 November
Time: 5.30pm

"Between 1966 and 1973, the United States military experienced widespread dissent and disaffection as an increasing number of GIs openly challenged their involvement in the Vietnam War.
In the 40 years since that war ended, this movement has been effaced from public memory and exiled from official histories of the war."


Seminar in the LSHG autumn term 2015 series:

UPDATE: next seminar in the autumn term series at the Institute of Historical Research (5.30pm, Room 304, 3rd floor) is Sue Jones on the long awaited subject of pirates:

'My longing desire to go to sea': wanderlust and wayward youth in early modern England

Advance notice: 
On Saturday 30th April 2016 at the IHR LSHG will be running an event to mark the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising

on Monday November 9th at 5.30pm
in Room 304, Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet St, London WC1.
Chris Jury will speak on politics, theatre and history. Chris is a well known actor and director (including over 40 episodes of Eastenders.)
You may also be interested to know that the two most recent LSHG seminars are now available as podcasts here:
Still to come:
23rd Nov:  Sue Jones: 'My longing desire to go to sea': wanderlust and wayward youth in early modern England

7th Dec: Roundtable, Keith Flett & others:  'How to remember the 1926 General Strike, 90 years on':

90 years since the 1926 General Strike: History roundtable 7th December

Socialist History Roundtable. Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet St, London, WC1. Monday 7th December 5.30 p.m. Room 304 (third floor)

Launch Meeting: Wednesday, 11 November 2015
at 6.30pm Bookmarks, 1 Bloomsbury Street, London WC1B 3QE
Clara Zetkin played a prominent role within the left wing of the German Social-Democratic Party and subsequently within the Communist Party of Germany and the Communist International, with a strong interest in the rights of working-class women. The latest edition of Revolutionary History, edited by Mike Jones and Ben Lewis, brings together articles and letters by Zetkin on such subjects as revisionism within the SPD, women’s rights and feminism, the fight against fascism, and the bureaucratisation of the Communist International, together with scholarly articles focusing upon specific aspects of Zetkin’s political life. This edition of Revolutionary History will bring the life and work of Clara Zetkin to the notice of today’s left-wing activists and historians, and help to restore her name to its rightful position within the pantheon of twentieth-century revolutionary Marxists. Articles by Clara Zetkin
« The Servant Girls’ Movement
« Against the Theory and Tactics of Social Democracy
« Guidelines for the Communist Women’s Movement
« Letters to Lenin
« The Struggle Against Fascism
« The Bourgeois Women’s Movement
« Letter to the Politbureau of the Central Committee of the CPSU
« Speech to the ECCI
« Letters to Fanny Jezierska
« Letter to Wilhelm Pieck
« Opening Speech of the Reichstag as its Oldest Member, 30 August 1932 Articles about Clara Zetkin
« Gisela Notz, Clara Zetkin and the International Socialist Women’s Movement
« Ottokar Luban, Clara Zetkin’s Influence on the Spartacus Group, 1918-1919
« Günter Wernicke, Clara Zetkin’s Opposition to Sidelining of Comrades in the Comintern and KPD in the Mid-1920s
« Horst Helas, Clara Zetkin’s ‘Filthy Letter’

SHS: Campaigns for Decent Housing Past and Present 

Socialist History Society Meeting

Campaigns for Decent Housing Past and Present

Speaker Duncan Bowie
2pm, 21st November 2015
 Venue Marx Memorial Library, Clerkenwell Green
Duncan Bowie will give a talk on radical and socialist campaigns for decent housing, land nationalisation and town planning in the 19th century and seek to relate them to the current housing crisis and contemporary struggles.
Duncan's book, The Radical and Socialist Tradition in British Planning: From Puritan Colonies to Garden Cities is to be published by Ashgate later this year.
Duncan is a member of the Socialist History Society committee and of the committee of the London Labour Housing Group. He is a lecturer at the University of Westminster. He is the author of SHS OP No 34, Roots of the British Socialist Movement.
SSLH autumn conference

The Society for the Study of Labour History autumn conference takes place on Saturday 28 November at the University of Huddersfield, West Building, WG17. It explores the History of Adult Worker Education from its nineteenth century origins to the demise of adult education in an age of austerity.  The provisional programme includes topics such as the Fenwick Weavers, the foundation of the London Mechanics' Institution, the Leeds Arts Club and the origins of Guild Socialism, and 'healing the fault line in the age of austerity'.

The conference is free but it is necessary to register in advance. Reserve a place at or find out more details by emailing or


From WCML: Working Class Movement Library

51 The Crescent, Salford, M5 4WX

Salford Stories and Radical Readings II Following last year's sell-out success we are pleased to announce another fundraising event for the Library, hosted at the University of Salford on Sunday 22 November at 2pm.  We will be announcing the line-up of actors and booking details in a future e-bulletin, or keep an eye or our Web site at

Final Invisible Histories talk of the year  Wednesday 11 November 2 p.m.  Michael Herbert: Doctor Who and the Communist: the writing career and politics of Malcolm Hulke

Malcolm Hulke was a successful writer for radio, television and the cinema from the 1950s to the late 1970s.  His work included episodes for  Armchair Theatre and The Avengers - and 54 episodes for Doctor Who, for which he is best remembered. Malcolm was also socialist, belonging for a time to the Communist Party of Great Britain, and was very involved with Unity Theatre.
The talk will be given by Michael Herbert who has been watching Doctor Who since 1963, aged 8, and is the author of a pamphlet about Malcolm Hulke, Doctor Who and the Communist,  published earlier this year by Five Leaves Press.
Admission free with light refreshments after.  All welcome.

Digital Women's Archive North pop-up event On Thursday 12 November from 11am to 3pm the Library will be hosting a pop-up by [DWAN] Digital Women's Archive North, who will be showcasing some of our women-focused archives, particularly self-published material, women's writings, zines and periodicals. The event is drop-in, any time between 11 and 3 in our meeting room. There will also be opportunity to take part in the living archive project #NorthernWomen.
This event is being run as part of a series of pop-up events produced by [DWAN] Digital Women's Archive North, for Being Human: a Festival of the Humanities 2015.  [DWAN] is an educational arts and heritage enterprise unlocking the women's histories in archives – delivering training & skills development; arts & heritage projects; and research.

Exhibition closing soon:  Guernica in Manchester Re-Representation: Guernica in Manchester Re-Representation is our new exhibition, opening on Friday 2 October. Tim Dunbar's drawing project is based on an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the exhibition of Picasso’s Guernica in a car showroom in Manchester that is reported to have occurred during the first two weeks of February in 1939. The project includes a quarter scale “mapping” study of Guernica and a number of text-based drawings based on written descriptions of direct encounters with the painting. Drawings have been informed by reference to the ‘Manchester Foodship for Spain’ archive material in the Working Class Movement Library, and eyewitness commentaries of the Manchester Guernica exhibition, including two previously unknown accounts from students who studied at Manchester School of Art in the late 1930s. The project is underpinned by the notion of a ‘conspiracy of Guernica’ implicated by Herbert J. Southworth in his classic text “Guernica! Guernica! A study of journalism, diplomacy, propaganda and history”.

The exhibition is open Wednesdays to Fridays 1-5pm until 13 November (also Saturdays 3 October and 7 November, 10am-4pm).

Being Human: A Festival of the Humanities

To End All Wars - an exhibition to mark the centenary of the introduction of conscription
A new exhibition opens at the [WCML] Library on Friday 20 November

To End All Wars will examine how local men opposed military conscription, introduced into Britain for the first time in 1916, and how local women developed organisations to agitate for peace.

The exhibition is open Wednesdays to Fridays 1-5pm, and will run until Easter 2016.  In the New Year we will announce details of a specially-written 'Living History' performance, No Power on Earth, which will accompany it. The exhibition and Living History performance are supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Manchester volunteers who joined the Easter Rising - book launch
On Friday 20 November at 7.30pm at the Irish World Heritage Centre, 1 Irish Town Way, Manchester M8 0AE, Robin Stocks will be launching his book Hidden Heroes of Easter Week, the story of the part played by Manchester volunteers in the events of 1916 in Ireland.  Admission free, all welcome.
Note for your 2016 diaries: Robin will be speaking about his research at the Library on 13 April, to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising.

We Were Born in the '80s - LGBT history walk
A one-hour walking tour on Friday 27 November will tell the story of how Manchester became the first place to build an entirely publicly-funded, purpose-designed centre for the gay community, just as the government were enacting Section 28.  It starts at 2pm in Albert Square, by the rainbow flag in the pavement outside the Town Hall entrance. It is free to attend, but please sign up in advance via eventbrite here. Everyone attending will receive a free zine about the history of the centre.
You can also download the itinerary text and follow the tour yourself here.

'People Make Their Own History' WEA course  A ten-week Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) course, People Make Their Own History, starts 11 January between 1 and 3pm at the People's History Museum, Manchester.  The course will cover Peterloo and the Chartists; the struggles over jobs, against Fascism, and for access to the countryside in the1930s; fighting Section 28 and for LGBT rights in the 1980s; to Stop the War, and the protests against the Bedroom Tax, and at the Conservative Party Conference in 2015.  More details hereBooking required by contacting WEA on 0151 243 5340 or booking online via WEA’s Web site.  Please quote course ref C3838091. Cost: £65.10 or free (please enquire).

Britain-China people's links in World War Two
You can now register for this free 25 November event here.

Wakefield Socialist History Group
On Saturday 21 November, the Wakefield Socialist History Group will be holding an event, EUROPE AND THE LEFT: How should socialists vote in the referendum?
The event will be held from 1-4pm at Wakefield Labour Club ("Red Shed"), Vicarage Street, Wakefield WF1.
Admission is free.  There will be a free light buffet.  And there is a bar with excellent real ale.
The speakers cover a range of positions on the question and are:
*Paul Feldman (author of "Unmasking the State"; active in "Assemblies for Democracy")
*John Westmoreland (Counterfire)
*Paul Bennett (Socialist Party of Great Britain)
*Kevin Feintuck/Kevin Taylor (Communist Workers' Organisation)
*John Tummon (member of Republican Socialist Alliance)
Opening contributions will be followed by questions/discussion.

UPDATE: How It Went:-
Twenty two people attended a forum on EUROPE AND THE LEFT held at on Saturday 21 November by Wakefield Socialist History Group.  The aim was to debate "How socialists should vote in the referendum?"
There were four speakers covering a range of positions.
Paul Bennett from the Socialist Party of Great Britain argued that "in and out of the EU" are "exactly the same."  It would make no difference to the life of the working class.  Any differences would be "fairly marginal."  He advocated "writing socialism" or "world socialism" on the ballot paper.  The real choice we should be interested in was between capitalism or socialism.
John Westmoreland from "Counterfire" said he was for "Brexit" and for a "left campaign to get out of the EU."  The EU is a "neo-liberal dictatorship" not a democracy.  The EU and NATO are wedded together.  We need to "come out and build a real internationalism."
Kevin Taylor from the Communist Workers' Organisation stated that he was against the division of workers along national and trans-national lines.  The IWO stood for a global socialist society where production is for need not profit.  Where the EU referendum was concerned his advice was "don't vote, organise instead."
The  final speaker, John Tummon, a member of the Republican Socialist Alliance, said he was for critical but unambiguous support for staying in.  He backed Jeremy Corbyn's position.  We need to defend the rights of migrants and the right to free movement.
There then followed a lively question and discussion session which focused on various aspects of social protection and union/disability rights.
The Group's next event is a meeting on "The Levellers and the Diggers" on Saturday 13 February 1pm at the Red Shed, Vicarage Street, Wakefield.
Trace and Explore Convicts’ Lives
[Well, there could be something interesting there]
The Digital Panopticon follows the stories of the 100,000 people sentenced at The Old Bailey between 1780 and 1875. You can help us trace them through historical records, determining what impact crime and punishment had on their lives.
Ealing Central Library Saturday 21 November 11.00am - 12.30pm
Northolt Library Saturday 21 November 2.30 - 3.30pm
Admission: £1.00 library members/££2.00 non library members. Advance booking essential, book through Ealing Central or Northolt Library.
Three Acres and a Cow
Wednesday 25 November, 7:30pm - 10:00pm

Cecil Sharp House, London

A history of land rights and protest in folk song and story featuring Robin grey, Rachel Rose Reid and special guests.

ThreeAcres and a Cow connects the Norman Conquest and Peasants' Revolt with current issues of fracking and the housing crisis via the Enclosures, English Civil War, Irish League and Industrial Revolution, drawing a compelling narrative through the radical people's history of Britain in folk song, stories and poems.

Part TED* talk, part history lecture, part folk club sing-a-long, part poetry slam, part storytelling session... Come and share in these tales as they have been shared for generations.

* <Technology, Entertainment and Design — features "ideas worth spreading." The speaker series launched in 1984, and there are now more than 1,400 TED talks available online.>>
John Maclean Commemoration in Glasgow
"I am not here, then, as the accused: I am here as the accuser of capitalism, dripping with blood from head to foot." - John MacleanThe Annual John Maclean Commemoration will be held this year on Sunday 29 November.

Meet 1 p.m. at Eastwood New Cemetery, 271 Thornliebank Road, Glasgow G46 7RJ (by Thornliebank Railway Station) for graveside orations from Alan Stewart and Gerry Cairns.

There will then be a march setting off from opposite the cemetery gates at 1.30pm to the Maclean Cairn at the Shawbridge Arcade.

That will be followed by a rally/social at the Shawbridge Tavern (G43 1QN) with speakers and live music.

From: Press and International Officer
Scottish Republican Socialist Movement

Why Labour history still matters 
 Marx Memorial Library, London, United Kingdom
 Tuesday, 1 December 2015 from 18:30 to 20:00 
 Marx Memorial Library - 37A Clerkenwell Green London EC1R 0DU GB

"Labour history was central to many constructions of radical history in Britain in the twentieth century. Since the 1980s, however, the decline in the strength of the British trade union movement alongside intellectual trends away from the centrality of class have coincided with an apparent 'crisis' of labour history. Yet trade unions still have 6 million members in this country, work is still a central experience of everyday life, and antagonism at the point of production must still have a role in radical politics. But what place does recounting the experience of labour in the past have to play in this process? This session will bring together people who have engaged with the history of labour and trade unions from a variety of approaches to engage with this question."

Speakers: Sarah Boston (Film maker and author of Women Workers and the Trade Unions Mary Davis (Professor of Labour History) Owen Gower (director of Still the Enemy Within) Jeff Howarth (TUC Library Collections, Librarian)

Book here:


Uncovering London's Radical History - David Rosenberg

In this illustrated talk David will tell some of these stories of trail-blazing chartists and suffragettes, pacifists and anti-fascists that he collected for his book Rebel Footprints: a guide to uncovering London's radical history (Pluto, March 2015).

Writer and educator David Rosenberg began leading walks of London's radical history in 2007, unearthing stories of ordinary people who fought for better lives, from the beginning of the 1830s to the end of the 1930s, especially in London's first manufacturing area - the East End.

Thursday 10th December

6.00pm Refreshments

6.30pm Talk

Friends of Hackney Archives Talk,
Education Room,
Dalston CLR James Library and Hackney Archives,
 Dalston Square, London E8 3BQ

 If you would like to attend this event, please book your place with Hackney Archives Department (020 8356 8925 or email

The Raphael Samuel Memorial Lecture 2015

Raphael Samuel (1934-1996)

 Thursday 10 December 2015, 6.30
                                                               wine reception to follow
 Professor Sally Alexander
(Emeritus Professor of Modern History, Goldsmiths University of London; founding editor,History Workshop Journal)

 ‘Social democracy’s super-ego? The politics of motherhood in mid-20thc Britain

Clore Lecture Theatre
Birkbeck, University of London 
Torrington Square London WC1E 7JL


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