Protest, Power & Change is the theme of the 2017 Peace History Conference, organised by Movement for the Abolition of War in partnership with Imperial War Museums.
- ‘Fewer Bombs, More Jobs: The Lucas Aerospace Combine Shop Stewards’ Alternative Plan 1976’
- and ‘Lysistrata in the Rainforest: the women’s nonviolent campaign which ended the civil war in Liberia’.
- 50 years since Martin Luther King’s momentous denunciation of the Vietnam War,
- 60 years since activists started coalescing into the movement that became CND,
- 150 years since the births of anti-war artist Käthe Kollwitz and feminist peace campaigner Emily Greene Balch,
- and 500 years since Erasmus published his ‘Complaint of Peace’.
[RaHN Note: The IWM has hosted previous conferences in this series, starting with the first.]
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The Battle of Wood Green took place on Saturday 23 April 1977. A National Front march left Ducketts Common to march down Wood Green High Road. They were opposed by 3000 anti-fascists and large numbers of Saturday shoppers. Although there had been street skirmishes before, this was the first serious disruption of an NF march.
All are welcome to attend and discuss the Battle of Wood Green and its effect on the future of anti-fascist struggle leading up to the present day - free / donations welcome
A musical evening, featuring poems by Joseph Skipsey, a self-educated coal miner, set to music by his great-great-grandson, Chris Harrison. Joseph Skipsey, ‘The Pitman Poet’, was born in Northumberland in 1832. He began colliery work aged seven. Having taught himself to read & write, he published his first book of poems in 1859. Chris has set 24 of Skipsey’s poems to music, calling the project “Carols from the Coalfields”, after the collection which Skipsey published in 1886. The songs offer a rich & varied picture of life in the mining communities, while describing issues & experiences still relevant today. His CDs, volumes 1, 2 & 3, will be on sale (£5 each.)
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
The Woman Worker began on 1 September 1907 when it was published by the National Federation of Women Workers and edited by Mary R. Macarthur. Although intended by its founder, Robert Blatchford, as the first workers'/socialist publication specifically for women, from the very first issue there was clearly going to be a tussle to have the female voice heard. This talk will discuss the amount of space given over to the male voice in this female publication, and the tone of conversation between the genders across the pages.
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Alison Ronan The real rebels of WW1
A short film and illustrated talk by Ali Ronan about the Women’s Peace Crusade in East Lancashire during 1917-1918.
7 June Stephen Mustchin - Strikes, workplace occupations and 'the right to share hardship': engineering trade unionism and the 1980 occupation at Gardner
This talk focuses on engineering trade unionism, workplace conflict and strikes at the famous Eccles-based engine manufacturer L. Gardner and Sons.
21 June Dean Kirby - Angel Meadow
Journalist Dean will take listeners on a journey through this 19th century Manchester slum which was re-christened 'hell upon earth' by Friedrich Engels.
5 July Bruce Wilkinson - Three Lancastrian poets of the '60s
Bruce's book Hidden culture, forgotten history looks at the 1960s publishing and political activities of working class Lancastrian poets Jim Burns, Dave Cunliffe and Tina Morris, and traces their literary and activist impact.
19 July Dave Randall - Sound system: the political power of music
Years of touring, playing and protesting have given Dave an insider’s view of the music industry, enabling him to shed light on the secrets of celebrity, commodification and culture.
Further details of these talks, plus more coming up, are at www.wcml.org.uk/events.
1842 - blood on the streets of HalifaxOn Friday 28 April at 5.30pm Catherine Howe, author of Halifax 1842: a year of crisiswill lead a
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On Monday 1 May the annual May Day parade is being organised by Salford Trades Union Council. This year the theme is Unity in the Community and community groups are invited to bring banners and flags and join in the parade.
Organisations are invited to have a stall at Bexley Square - to book a space mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The flame still burns: the creative power of coal
James Connolly exhibition closes soon, Marx and Engels thereafter!
HiDDEN 'object swap' The Library is one of the eight members of the HiDDEN network of small cultural attractions in and around Manchester. From now until July HiDDEN members have done an 'object swap', and visitors can see in our hall some items from the Belle Vue collection at Chetham's Library. There are also items on display at Chetham's from our collections here, on a Marx and Engels theme in tribute to the many visits paid by both men to study in that building. Pop in to both libraries to see the displays - and while you're about it, why not also visit the other HiDDEN members?: Elizabeth Gaskell's House, Greater Manchester Police Museum, Manchester Jewish Museum, Museum of Transport, Pankhurst Centre and Victoria Baths.
Marx Memorial Library Open Day
Also at MML:
“Any help possible will be given”: official launch of the website on the history of Manchester and Salford Women’s Trade Union Council, 1895-1919
Saturday 29th April 2017, 2.15pm, in the Mary Quaile Room, Manchester Mechanics Institute, 103 Princess Street, Manchester M1 6DD. Speakers: Bernadette Hyland (Mary Quaile Club), researcher and political activist; Lisa Turnbull, activist in the Durham Teaching Assistants dispute
at the Red Shed, Vicarage Street, Wakefield WF1 1QX.
When: Sunday 7th May, 5 - 7 pmWhere: Sutton House, 2 and 4 Homerton High Street, London E9 6JQ. Map here.
Booking essential. Contact: email@example.com to reserve your place.
What: hear a roundtable of speakers who are engaged in cultural and community activities in related fields, reflect on the history of Centerprise as re-presented by a hackney autobiography and join the discussion. Receive a free copy of The Lime Green Mystery, preview the app and get help downloading it.
London Radical Bookfair 2017
The Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing The Little Rebels Children’s Book Award
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The sale will be opened at 10am on Friday April 28th by St Anns-born Henry Normal. As well as being a thoroughly nice and interesting person, he has done tons of creative things in poetry, TV, etc. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
The second half of the booksale will also have a ceremonial opening [For those who like that sort of thing...]. Councillor Sandra Barnes, the Mayor of the Borough of Gedling, has very kindly offered to open it at 10am on Friday May 5th. Any worries that you might not recognise her because of her mask can be laid to rest – look for the Mayoral Chain of Office. [...]
Because we have so many books priced at 10p (in Saithwaite House/the shed), and are having storage problems with them, there will be an innovation this year. You can still buy one for 10p, 2 for 20p, etc. But you can also fill a cloth shopping bag with as many as you can cram in, and have bag and books for 30p.
These shopping bags are not to be confused with the beautiful handmade one-off pieces designed and made by Margaret which we will be selling at only £5 each, again with all proceeds going to our two charities.
We have a lot of children’s books too. Visitors from last year may remember the ExLibris Express – the train built out of a felled tree, pallets and wind turbine tail vanes. It will again be stopped at Adlestrop Station for young (and older) visitors to explore, and this year has beefed-up bubble supplies. The station has had major improvements made, in the form of the addition of a ticket office, open to staff only (i.e. anyone small enough to fit in).
Again, we’ll be collecting vegetarian food for local food banks. Tins are preferred because it doesn’t matter if they get a bit damp while they’re in the garden. Women’s sanitary products will also be welcome for food banks.
THANK YOU EVERYONE! These booksales can only ever take place with all the help and support we get from so many people. So whether you are one of our volunteers, or you’ve donated books, or you’ve spread the word, or you’ve bought books: your contribution is greatly appreciated. ExLibris Masked Charity Booksales are a community effort.
Thanks for your continuing support, and we hope to see you soon,
Your Masked Booksellers.