Anarchists and the City: From the Paris Commune of 1871 to the Occupy and Square movements.
On Saturday 18th March, 2.00 pm.
Venue: Marx House/ Marx Memorial Library
37A Clerkenwell Green, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 0DU
7 MAR - 12 MAR WOW – Women of the World festival
£4. All welcome.
The next meeting of the Public History Discussion Group will take place
The talk is entitled:
The forthcoming Wakefield Socialist History Group meetings are as follows:
.Saturday 11 March: THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR
|"Aid the heroic defenders of Madrid"|
[RaHN Note: Some of the above assessment may be open to question; one point has already been challenged in a message forwarded by the Convenor, as follows. Much more on the topic can be found on this blog, especially under the heading "Spain and the World".]
AND (from the same, thanks Alan): "Ford Maguire Society in Leeds have an event "The Barcelona May Days 80 Years On" on Tuesday 2 May at 7pm in the Seminar Room LG.17 of the Michael Sadler building, Leeds University. The speaker is Danny Evans. He will be shedding "new light on how this civil war within a civil war came about and what was at stake."
UPDATE on this meeting, from Convenor:
One of the topics that will be being looked at is conscientious objection.
All meetings start at 1pm and are held at the Red Shed, Vicarage Street, Wakefield WF1 1QX.
Mary Quaile Club
NEW from MQC, 8-3-17:
Comrade Morris is not Dead! (8th April)
"William Morris was active as a socialist from 1883 till his death in 1896. While remaining a designer, craftsperson, artist and poet, he travelled the country speaking to working-class audiences on topics like 'Useful work versus useless toil', 'How we live & how we might live', and 'A factory as it might be'. In 1889, his 'utopian' novel, News from Nowhere, was published. This talk will look at how Morris related to others active at the time, including Eleanor Marx and the anarchists who joined his Socialist League, and will suggest that his ideas may be more relevant now than ever. "
"The speaker, Colin Waugh, has a long experience as a further education lecturer, including 21 years teaching Liberal Studies with industrial-release engineering students at Tottenham College. He is the editor of the magazine Post-16 Educator. In 2009, to mark the centenary of the foundation of the Plebs League by students at Ruskin College, he wrote the pamphlet ‘Plebs’: The Lost Legacy of Independent Working-Class Education. He is involved with the Independent Working-Class Education Network (IWCEN) which developed around this pamphlet."
IWCE: Trade Unions: Organising in the Workplace and the Community (Norwich)
Independent Working Class Education Day School
IWCE Day School on Saturday 8th April, 10.30- 4.30pm
Trade Unions: Organising in the Workplace and the Community
This Independent Working Class Education Day School will be discussing the strategies adopted by trade unions to improve and develop recruitment and organising amongst migrant and hard-to-reach workers. It will include discussion and debate about how far the trade unions as a whole are engaging with migrant workers, especially in the light of Brexit ; how far models used by GMB and Unite Community have been successful in turning unions towards the community; the rise of 'new' unions such as the IWGB and their militant action in organising cleaners in London and developing new sectors like foster carers.
Speakers include: Morning session:
Dave Berry reporting on recent developments in Sheffield
Jenny Webber on how the unions need to step up their organising in Norfolk
Carlos Cruz on Unite's activity: Unite Migrant Workers Programme
and the Alternative Education Model
Orlando Martins (Norwich Unite and NULG) on migrant workers
Henry Chango Lopez (President, IWGB) on cleaning, bicycle and motorcycle workers
Sarah Anderson, (IWGB foster carers union)
All contributions will be short to include plenty of discussion (both plenary and in smaller groups)
The Methodist Church has very limited parking available but there is a pay and display car park next door in Bignold School playground . The church is fully accessible.
Register by Emailing Keith Venables: email@example.com
a play, Angel of the House, at Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester, running from 27 February–2 March. Rose, a care worker from Manchester, Angela, a WW2 spy, and Annie, a suffragette, find themselves incarcerated, with time to reflect on the events in their lives that lead them to this point;
this year's Pankhurst Lecture, by Margaret Hodge MP, at the University of Manchester on 9 March;
Suffragettes of football at the National Football Museum on 7 March. A couple of other events are described in more detail below. Full details of all that's going on can be found here.
The exhibition is the result of two years of research with families in Greater Manchester by Sarah Marie Hall, gathering first-hand, personal accounts of everyday life in austerity.
These accounts have been turned into a series of original drawings by North West zine artist Stef Bradley, and are exhibited alongside field notes, audio extracts, and collected materials, to ‘lift the lid’ on austerity.
Showing alongside Everyday Austerity are some of the boards from the Library's Spirit of '45 exhibition, first shown in 2015. That date marked the 50th anniversary of the time when Britain was almost bankrupt but during its six years in power the Labour government reduced inequalities, extended public ownership, set up the welfare state, improved working and living conditions and established the NHS.
On the afternoon of Friday 24 March our exhibition, We Only Want the Earth, returns until Thursday 27 April. This exhibition was first shown last year on the centenary of the Easter Rising and explores the life of one of its leaders, James Connolly, socialist, trade unionist, nationalist and revolutionary. We Only Want the Earth reveals the life and prolific works of this enigmatic man. The free exhibition is open Wednesdays to Fridays 1-5pm, and the first Saturday of the month 10am-4pm.
The exhibitions are open Wednesdays to Fridays 1-5pm, and the first Saturday of the month 10am-4pm. Admission free.
15 March Trevor Fisher Reclaiming the Blanketeers
March 2017 sees the 200th anniversary of the March of the Blanketeers, probably the first attempt at a protest march from a provincial city to Westminster. Now largely obscure, the precedent once established has been used ever since, and the organisers had devised a tactic which deserves to be put into the spotlight for its continuing importance.
The 2015 book The Shadow Man: at the heart of the Cambridge spy circle explores through the life of Klugmann the conflicts of loyalties faced by communist intellectuals of the period.
12 April Robert Turnbull Book launch – biography of Noah Ablett
Climbing Mount Sinai: Noah Ablett 1883-1935 is the first full-length biographical study of one of the most controversial personalities to emerge from the South Wales coalfield in the era preceding WW1.
Robert Turnbull's Climbing Mount Sinai: Noah Ablett 1883-1935 is the first full-length biographical study of one of the most controversial personalities to emerge from the South Wales coalfield in the era preceding WW1, an era of unparalleled industrial militancy in which Ablett played a leading role. The book tells the story of Noah Ablett from his early days as a boy preacher in the Rhondda coalfield to his rise to prominence within the tight-knit coalfield communities of South Wales, and his emergence as an uncompromising agitator, not only against the coal owners but also his own union. His uncompromising brand of revolutionary class warfare brought him into sharp conflict with the moderate consensus politics of William Abraham known as Mabon, a liberal who had led the South Wales miners since 1875. The conflict with Mabon and what he represented would lead to one of the most famous pamphlets in labour history, namely the Miners' Next Step of 1912, which called for workers' control of industry. Although very much a collaborative effort, the Miners' Next Step is perhaps the most famous statement of Ablett's rejection of the parliamentary road to socialism as "No better than an ant heap on the way to becoming a dunghill".
26 April Ruth Cohen Margaret Llewelyn Davies: socialist, feminist and co-operator
This visionary campaigner led the Women's Co-operative Guild between 1889 and 1921 - a period in which it became an outstanding public voice for working class women, and has been described as the ‘left wing’ of the co-operative movement.
10 May Deborah Mutch, 'What I mean, my dear': The Woman Worker and the male voice
24 May Alison Ronan, The real rebels of WW1
All welcome, admission free, light refreshments afterwards.
Further details of talks in May and June are at http://www.wcml.org.uk/events.----------------------------
You can join in the singing or just listen. If you would like to speak at the gathering, or contribute a song or reading, or if you are willing to lead a walk up to Blackstone Edge from one of the valley towns or railway stations, please contact Gwyneth Morgan at:gwyneth@
A range of events are being put on at Chorlton Irish Club by Irish Mancunian Film & Culture, including:
Ken Loach films including I, Daniel Blake (Sunday 5 March, 2pm, £6),
and the North West Labour History Society's celebration of James Connolly including songs from Claire Mooney (Sunday 30 April, 2.30pm, £5).
Two talks of interest at the Museum of Wigan Life: on Tuesday 28 February from 12 to 1pm, Charles Jepson will mark the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Jarama by speaking on The Spanish Civil War and Wigan.
On Tuesday 7 March from 12 to 1pm Stephen Armstrong will talk on George Orwell - The Road To Wigan Pier at 80.
Both talks are price £2.50 including tea/coffee.
Museum of Wigan Life, Library Street, Wigan WN1 1NU.
Jarama play comes to Bury
If you missed the Clem Beckett play Dare Devil Rides to Jarama when it was performed at the Library recently, there's another chance to catch it when it comes to Bury Met on Thursday 16 March at 8pm.
The Met, Market Street, Bury, BL9 0BW.
Full programme and registration details at http://www.international-brigades.org.uk/content/18-march-manchester.
Charles Parker Day 2017
Booking for the Charles Parker Day 2017 has now opened. The occasion is named after the producer of documentaries such as the Radio Ballads. This year it takes place in Sheffield on Friday 7 April, and celebrates fifty years of local radio with the first manager of BBC Radio Sheffield (the second station to come on air), Michael Barton, who went on to become Controller of BBC Local Radio. Further details at http://www.cpatrust.org.uk/days.
Tickets (£30/£20 concessions): https://bookwhen.com/charlesparkerday.
Hosted by Resistance Books
Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Rd, N1 9DY
Drinks and snacks provided
Paul Le Blanc is Professor of History at La Roche College (USA) and author of works on the labour and socialist movements, including Lenin and the Revolutionary Party,From Marx to Gramsci, and Leon Trotsky. An editor of the eight-volume International Encyclopaedia of Revolution and Protest, he is currently helping to oversee the Verso Books edition of The Complete Works of Rosa Luxemburg.
King’s College London