This Wednesday, 16 March 2pm Chloe Mason Justice for Alice Wheeldon!
In 1917 socialist, feminist and anti-war activist, Alice Wheeldon, her daughter and husband were given long prison sentences, on flimsy evidence, for supposedly plotting to kill Prime Minister Lloyd George and Arthur Henderson, leader of the Labour Party. Chloe Mason, Alice’s great-granddaughter, will speak about the campaign to have the case recognised as a miscarriage of justice.
30 March 2pm Cyril Pearce Communities of resistance: patterns of dissent in Britain during the First World War
Data gathered from a variety of sources can be used to create maps of Britain which identify places and communities in Britain where enthusiasm for the war was muted or non-existent. Searching these anti-war hot-spots exposes coalitions of resistance involving women as well as men, religious as well as political objectors which give the lie to the conventional notion that the war was universally popular.
13 April 2pm Robin Stocks Manchester volunteers in the Easter Rising
We mark the centenary of the Easter Rising with an account of how, in the middle of WW1, members of the Irish community in Manchester and other British cities resolved to travel to Dublin to prepare for a rebellion to achieve independence for Ireland.
27 April 2pm Richard Milward Luddites’ Nightmares
Taking inspiration from the machine-breaking Luddites of the early 19th century, artist Richard Milward is producing a series of paintings which, in his words, ‘expose, exaggerate and ridicule the ways in which modern technology encroaches on – and distorts – everyday life’. A month-long loan to WCML of one of these paintings is marked by this event, when we are delighted to welcome three of the country’s most inventive young authors to read from their own work on themes surrounding our relationship with technology.
The organisers state: 'Conflicts of legitimacy within the labour movement have repeatedly raised the issue of who can claim to speak on behalf of labour organisations and working class people. This conference will allow us to identify more clearly and from new perspectives long-term convergences and divergences in terms of both organisational structures and decision-making processes'.
Conference fee £20.
Launch of a new book about Benny Rothman
On Friday 8 April at 1.30pm the launch of a new book about activist Benny Rothman will take place at the Library. Unite the union's biography Benny Rothman: a fighter for the right to roam, workers' rights and socialism, written by Mark Metcalf, covers not only the part played by Benny in the Kinder Scout mass trespass but also his battles against Mosley's fascist Blackshirts and his wide-ranging campaigns as a trade unionist and environmentalist.
Benny's son Harry will be in attendance at the event, and everyone who comes along will get a free copy of the 64-page book. Further details from Mark Metcalf at 07952 801783, firstname.lastname@example.org
The speaker will be Dr Robert Poole of the University of Central Lancashire and his subject will be
Free but booking required via eventbrite: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-annual-luddite-memorial-lecture-2016-dr-robert-poole-tickets-22116494029 (the link also gives further information about both topic and venue) or by telephoning the University History Department (weekdays, during office hours) on 01484 471873.
The Mary Quaile Club will be holding an event on Saturday 9 April, 2 p.m., discussing the issue of migrant workers, past and present
This will take place in The Annexe at the Working Class Movement Library, 51 The Crescent, Salford M5 4WX. The event is free.
|Herring workers from the Isle of Lewis|
at Lowestoft in the 1930s
After the speakers and discussion, please join us for tea and cakes.
About the speakers
Chris Unsworth lives in Salford and is the author of The British Herring Industry 1900-1960
Sandra Penaloza-Rice is the Project Co-ordinator and Co-founder of Migrant Support Manchester.