Tuesday, September 26, 2017

More about 1917

We have previously posted several notices about events related to the centenary of the Russian Revolution, and they're still coming...
Images from the British Library 's Russian Revolution exhibition brochure
Peace News present:
‘1917: The Nonviolent Russian Revolution’ with Milan Rai 
Wednesday 25th October, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase
Launch of a new Peace News pamphlet written by Milan Rai, highlighting the crucial role of mass nonviolent action in the Russian Revolution 100 years ago.

The Russian Revolution started in Petrograd in February 1917 with a mass nonviolent uprising of women protesting against the lack of bread on International Women's Day, and continued through to the overthrow of the Provisional Government in October 1917 and the triumph of the Bolsheviks. 

The role of mass nonviolent action - in the streets, in the factories, on the railways, and in the barracks - in the making of the revolution has never been properly emphasised. For example, the attempted coup by General Kornilov in August was defeated not by gunfire but by nonviolent action

The evening will include a critique of Neil Faulkner's A People's History of the Russian Revolution, paying attention to the way that Lenin and the Bolsheviks diminished and then crushed the grassroots workers' revolution of soviets and factory committees.  

About the SpeakerMilan Rai is an anarchist and radical activist, editor at Peace News, and the author of ‘Chomsky's Politics’ (Verso, 1995) and ‘War Plan Iraq’ (Verso, 2002) among other books. He is currently working on ‘The Anarchist Reader’ for Verso.
From LSHG:-

Celebrating 1917 [Socialist Workers' Party]
Saturday 4 November 2017 • Central London • 10:30am-5:30pm
A one-day conference to debate and discuss the legacy of 1917, on the hundredth anniversary of the Russian Revolution. [Details of the venue and timetable are sent to those who book a place, see below].


Why Celebrate 1917?

  • Dave Sherry, author of Russia 1917: Workers' Revolution and Festival of the Oppressed 
  • John Molyneux, author of Lenin for Today
  • Sally Campbell, editor of Socialist Review

    • The Bolsheviks and 1917

    • Kevin Corr and Gareth Jenkins, contributors to International Socialism

    • Culture and Revolution

    • Cathy Porter, author of Alexandra Kollontai: A Biography
    • Roger Huddle, editor of Reminiscences of RAR

    • The Festival of the Oppressed

    • Judith Orr, author of Marxism and Women's Liberation

    • How the Revolution was Lost

    • Esme Choonara, author of A Rebel's Guide to Trotsky

    • The Revolution and its Relevance Today

    • Steve Smith, author of Russia in Revolution
    • Alex Callinicos, author of Imperialism and Global Political Economy
    • Amy Leather, national secretary of the SWP.

    • Tickets are £10/£5 concessions.
      To book your place at this conference phone 020 7840 5600 or see the link here

      [Updated summary timetable:
      10:30-11:00 Registration
      11:00-12:30 Opening plenary Why celebrate 1917? Dave Sherry, author of Russia 1917; Sally Campbell, editor of Socialist Review; John Molyneux, author of Lenin for Today

      13:15-14:30 Workshops
       The Bolsheviks and 1917 - Kevin Corr Gareth Jenkins
       Culture and Revolution - Cathy Porter Roger Huddle

      14:45-16:00 Workshops (with discussion)
       How the revolution was lost- Esme Choonara
       The festival of the oppressed - Judith Orr

      16:00-17:15 Closing plenary -1917: Results and Prospects.Stephen Smith, author of Russia in Revolution; Alex Callinicos, editor of ISJ; Amy Leather, national secretary SWP]

      "There are many other events and conferences taking place across the UK (and obviously also internationally) to mark the centenary obviously - for example in Preston on 13-15 October, in London on 21 October, in Glasgow on 28 October, and again in London from 9-12 November."

      Socialist History Society publication on 1917

      Book Launch - New publication 
      1917 - The Russian Revolution, Reactions and Impact (Socialist History Society, Occasional Publication 41, price £6.00.)
      On Saturday 21st October
      Venue: Marx Memorial Library, Clerkenwell Green, London EC1R,
      Start time 2.00pm.
      Free to attend, all welcome.
      Speakers will include:
      Tobias Abse, Willie Thompson, David Morgan, Greta Sykes, Francis King and John Partington.
      "The Russian Revolution of 1917 changed the world forever. For once, it appeared that the oppressed workers were within grasp of the levers of state power and for a while the prospect of permanently ending exploitation seemed a real possibility. The revolutionary mood swept across continents and its impact was felt far beyond the parties of the left and the organised labour movement. The revolution inspired writers, poets, intellectuals and philosophers as much as it did workers and activists. With this special Occasional Publication the Socialist History Society commemorates these momentous events of one hundred years ago with a series of specially written articles that examine the reactions to the revolution and its impact in different areas."

      • Evaluating the lessons of October, including their British resonance by Willie Thompson
      • Against ‘vacillation, lies and rottenness’: the Russian revolution and the rift in world socialism by Francis King
      • 1917’s Several Lenins by Mike Makin-Waite
      • ‘What they can do in Russia, so can we’: the impact of the Russian Revolutions of 1917 in Germany by Helen Boak
      • Italy and the Russian Revolution of 1917 by Tobias Abse
      • Clara Zetkin on the Soviet Experiment, 1917-1934 by John S Partington
      • Secular Ecstasies and the Revolutionary Women Poets in 1917 by Greta Sykes
      • Psychoanalysis and Revolution: Sigmund Freud and his circle from fin-de-siècle Vienna to revolutionary Russia by David Morgan
      Edited by David Morgan. Available from the SHS
      The subject will also come up at the sixteenth Essex Conference on Labour History 
      at The Labour Hall, Collingwood Road, Witham, CM8 2EE, (adjacent to Witham Railway Station), from 10.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, 28th October, 2017.
      Keir Hardie
      as portrayed by Sylvia Pankhurst
      The topics to be discussed include the traditional aims of the Labour Party, the centenary of the Russian Revolution and the Co-operative Party, and James Keir Hardie, founder of the Labour Party.
      The conference is completely open and friends, relatives and acquaintances are welcome, whatever their political allegiances. Questions and other contributions will be invited from the floor, lunch will be provided by the Essex Labour Campaign Forum, with the cost included in the registration fee.
      To register, please write, with the registration fee of £10 per person, to The Leys, 18 Park Hill, Harlow, Essex, CM17 (cheques payable to the Essex County Labour Party). Anyone not previously registered can pay at the door, but pre-booking is advisable to ensure enough food is provided.
      Francis Beckett – ‘The Labour Party’s Traditional Objectives’
      Francis King – ‘ Reflections on the 1917 Russian Revolution’
      Stan Newens –  ‘ The Centenary of the Co-operative Party’
      Barbara Humphries – ‘James Keir Hardie' 
      Wednesday 8 November | 19:00 - 20:30
      £11, £7 concession

      "There were two revolutions in Russia in 1917. One saw the abdication of a centuries-old dynasty, the other a seizure of power by one faction of a resistance movement many decades in the making. At this special evening event, discover the big ideas, pivotal events and key players that led up to the seismic moments in history of 1917, and find out what happened next. Hosted by Russianist Francesca Canty."
      Bishopsgate Institute
      230 Bishopsgate
      London, EC2M 4QH
      United Kingdom
      Cancellation - This is a note to say that with regret, the showing of the film REDS on November 4th has had to be cancelled. Please could you notify anyone you have informed.
      Sorry for any inconvenience. [from] Chris Knight.
      On the centenary of the October revolution,
      all are welcome to a free showing of Warren Beatty's epic:

      Hosted by the Radical Anthropology Group
       - a film based on the life of John Reed (communist and author of Ten Days that Shook the World) and Louise Bryant (feminist and journalist) against the backdrop of the Russian Revolution.
      Saturday, Nov 4, 2pm..

      Darylle Forde Seminar Room, 2nd floor, Anthropology Building,
      14 Taviton St., off Gordon Sq. WC1E 6BT

      There are still three more events in the series
      Nov 23 – 1917, A Century On: A Discussion, opened by Simon Pirani, author of Russian Revolution in Retreat, 1920-1924.
      Nov 30 – Wendy Goldman: The Family, Free Love and the Russian Revolution.
      Jan 18 – Steve Smith: book launch for the new edition of Red Petrograd, the Revolution in the Factories, 1917-18.
       All talks are on Thursdays at 6.30 pm, Birkbeck, Univ. of London, WC1B 5DQ.

       BOLSHEVIK REVOLUTION event at Red Shed (Wakefield Labour Club)
      On Saturday 11 November the Wakefield Socialist History Group are holding a BOLSHEVIK REVOLUTION event at the Red Shed (Wakefield Labour Club), Vicarage Street, Wakefield WF1.
      The speakers are Adrian Cruden (member of Green Party Regional Council; former Parliamentary Candidate); Granville Williams (member of the National Council of the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom), John Westmoreland (history lecturer, union activist and member of "Counterfire"), Robin Stocks (author of "Hidden Heroes of Easter Week") and Paul Silson (Red Flag).
      One of the many themes the meeting will be looking at is the Bolshevik Revolution and Revolutionary Culture. Admission is free and there will be a free light buffet.  Plus there is a bar with excellent real ale.
      Mayday, Minsk, 1917
      London Socialist Historians Seminar
      Monday November 13th 
      Christian Hogsbjerg, 'Every Cook Can Govern': C.L.R James and the Russian Revolution’

      WCML, Salford
      6 Dec                     Neil Faulkner
      A people’s history of the Russian Revolution

      Full details at 

      More from WCML
      Voices of revolution exhibition opens
      The Library marks the centenary of the events of the Russian Revolution with a new exhibition, which runs until 18 January 2018.

      The world changed in 1917. A century on, this exhibition focuses on the voices of the women and men who witnessed events in Russia as they happened.
      The exhibition is open Wednesdays-Fridays 1-5pm, and the first Saturday of the month 10am-4pm.

      Two events previously advertised in this e-bulletin, the 1917 conference on 4 November and the event a week later marking the 30th anniversary of the Library coming to Salford, are now both full.  We're sorry if you have missed out.

      Revolution - a play by Burjesta Theatre The momentous events of the Russian Revolution will be depicted on stage in a combination of drama, reportage and Greek-style Chorus, along with song, dance, music and poetry, in Burjesta Theatre's Revolution, which comes to Salford Arts Theatre onTuesday 7 November at 7.30pm. This theatre production is based on multiple eye-witness accounts of those involved, including John Reed's legendary account 10 days that shook the world.Tickets price £8 (£6 concessions) are available from https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/202828
      Salford Arts Theatre, Kemsing Walk, Tunbridge Square, off Liverpool Street, Salford M5 4BS.   More information from 0161 925 0111; info@burjesta-theatre.co.uk.

      Peace History Conference (Manchester/Salford): 1917

      4th November 2017 09:15 – 16:30 
      Old Fire Station, University of Salford, The Crescent, Salford M5 4NL.
      The Peace History Conference and the Working Class Movement Library present:
      A day exploring the effects of the Russian Revolutions on the British labour and peace movements.
      'Way of Seeing: The Bolshevik Revolution and the British Left'. Prof John Callaghan
      'Against Imperialist War: Communists in the struggle for peace'. Dr Kate Hudson
      'Crusading Women in the North West'. Dr Alison Ronan
      'The Last Weapon'. Theodora Wilson Wilson'. Maxine Peake (tbc) and Virginia Branney
      Tickets £11.21 – £16.52 online (£10 concessions, £15 full off-line) inc. lunch.
      And even in Ealing -
      Talk by Dr Jonathan Oates in Ealing Central Library
      103 Ealing Broadway Centre, London W5 5JY
      6.15 p.m. Tuesday 7th November
      £3 Library members, £5 non-members. Advance booking required.
      "The 1917 upheavals in Russia were a global phenomenon both in 197 and afterwards. This talk looks at local reactions to events in Russia and the support locally for Communism."

      CP Propaganda van somewhere in Britain 1921
      Not to mention the BBC...

      London's role in the Russian Revolution 

      "In August 1903, a small band of dedicated but argumentative political activists held a fractious conference in London. It consisted of Vladimir Lenin, Leon Trotsky and about 50 other committed agitators who wanted to overthrow the autocratic rule of the Russian Tsar. Their quarrels might have seemed minor at the time, but they have rippled out across history. This was when the Russian revolutionary movement divided into the two rival factions of Bolsheviks and Mensheviks. And a key vote happened in a pub in Islington." [...] 

      "It was in London, in October 1902, that Lenin and Trotsky met for the first time. The pair discussed the political circumstances of Russia, but Lenin also showed Trotsky the sights of London."

      Here's another one:
      'Death Island': Britain's 'concentration camp' in Russia
      "When British soldiers were sent to Russia after the Russian Revolution their main enemies were the Germans*- their opponents in World War One - but they also found themselves fighting and imprisoning Bolsheviks. In the process they opened what Russians regard as the first concentration camp in their country." [...]
      * Readers of the RaHN and related blogs / aficionados of radical history and real WW1 studies may feel like commenting on this statement.
      The related programme is worth listening to: "Lucy Ash tells the story of the forgotten war fought by Western troops in Arctic Russia in The Red and the White, on the BBC World Service. Click here for transmission times, or to listen online".
      Previously on this blog: 
      British Library Event 10th July: Russian Revolution
      From the British Library 's Russian Revolution exhibition brochure
      (Picture credit: Sputnik)

      Tuesday, September 19, 2017

      Sanitising History - Mayflower 400

      Information from Mayflower Mavericks; see new link on our "kindred spirits" list

      In 1620 the Mayflower sailed from Plymouth, UK and in 2020 the 400-year anniversary of the sailing is being commemorated, centred in Plymouth UK. Highly selective and sanitised education preparations have already started... the Mayflower 400 organisers have published The Mayflower 400 Scheme of Work.   This scheme of work centres on the ‘Separatist’ Puritan half of the Mayflower passengers. Consequently the plan of study it details relegates the story of the Indigenous Nations of North America to a subsidiary place and sanitises the Mayflower Story.

      The scheme is already available for use by education institutions. By 2019 this scheme could have been tried, tested and be on school timetables across all 11 of the partner ‘Mayflower Destination’ towns/cities in the UK,  international partner towns/cities in Holland and the USA, and possibly beyond. We are asking people and organisations to protest directly to the Mayflower 400 organisers (See below).
      "A slightly fanciful nautical scene exactly contemporaneous with the embarkation of the Pilgrims in 1620."
      From Alastair Cooke's America (1973/2002pp.74-75.
      Firstly, we have prepared a very brief model letter [on website]...

      Secondly, we would invite you to review our website, and that of Mayflower 400, and raise “The Mayflower 400 Scheme of Work” and related issues with individuals or organisations you feel may be concerned about the risk it poses for bringing historical education into disrepute. Leaflets presenting a critique of Mayflower 400’s present education project, and various commentaries are available via this website.
      Please send us copies of any emails/ etc. you send that relate to this issue.
      Thirdly, we are hoping to create a network of contacts to promote a campaign over the sanitisation of the Mayflower Story. We invite you to become part of this network. Please contact us via this website or out twitter account @MayflowerM1620.

      Friday, September 1, 2017

      Autumn Listings continued

      NB: Not in chronological (or reverse chronological) order

      Bit late posting this, sorry - 
      Thu., 7 September, 11am – 4pm
      ExCel, London E16 1XL, UK (maphttp://vfpuk.org/2017/stop-the-arms-fair/
      Veterans For Peace will be taking action at the Excel Centre in East London during the set up of the DSEi Arms Fair.
      Our Statement of Purpose says “we will work to end the arms race and to reduce and eventually eliminate nuclear weapons”. The DSEi Arms Fair is a key driver in the arms race. 
      Our Statement of Purpose says “we will work to restrain our government from intervening, overtly and covertly, in the internal affairs of other nations”. The DSEi Arms Fair* provides the tools for the invasions and occupations ordered by our government. 
      On Thursday 7 September all members of Veterans For Peace are encouraged to attend the East Gate of the Excel Centre. 
      We will be carrying out citizen’s inspections of the vehicles arriving at the Arms Fair to ensure that no weapons banned under the Geneva Conventions are being brought into the fair for sale. Meet at PRINCE REGENT DLR STATION between 1030 and 1100 on Thursday 7 September. Coordinator: Ben Griffin 07866 559 312 Dress: VFP Blue Hoody / Sweatshirt / T-shirt Travel: The Underground Jubilee Line to Canning Town, change onto a Beckton-bound DLR train, to Prince Regent for ExCeL (East).

      [*RaHN Note: other protests at this event are probably available]
      [RaHN UPDATE - There certainly have been multiple protests. See e.g. Guardian News Story
      "More than 100 people arrested over London arms fair protests:
      Activists try to prevent weapons firms from setting up stands at ExCel centre, saying arms may be used to commit war crimes"]
      And more... 

      "Banksy donates funds from anti-arms artwork sale" BBC 17-9-17

      Saturday September 9th 2017
      Ethel Mannin: Feminist, Anarchist, Anti-Fascist    
      Speaker: Andy Simons
      Andy will unpack the life of this working class yet wealth-sacrificing writer, social rebel, tireless campaigner & author of almost 100 books of fiction & non-fiction. The feminist ignored by feminists.  Ethel Mannin (1900-1984) was many things: single mum by design, anti-fascist & anti-British Mandate activist before World War 2, intrepid and sometimes illegal world traveller & consistent anarchist. Andy, former jazz archivist, radio presenter & author of ‘Black British Swing’, devotes his time to Palestinian rights activism, as did Ethel Mannin in the 1960s.
      7.30pm buffet (please bring something if you can), 8pm talk
      Epicentre, West Street, Leytonstone, London E11 4LJ
      Free entry, no need to book
      No admittance before 7.30pm
      Enquiries 0208 555 5248 or roskane@btinternet.com


      Over 350 men from the Bristol area refused to fight in World War 1. They claimed the status of conscientious objector for moral, religious or political reasons. Some agreed to take non-military roles. Others spent much of the war in prison, often under harsh conditions. 

      A largely untold part of Bristol’s World War 1 history – this exhibition tells the stories of these men and the people in the city who supported them. Rarely seen documents will be displayed together with photographs, letters from COs and artefacts. 

      The exhibition will look at Why Conscription Was Introduced; What was a CO; Attitudes to COs – from government, churches, military, public; Local Networks Of Support; and the Long Term Effect of WW1 COs up to present day. 
      You can help publicise the exhibition by liking/sharing the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/RefusingtoKillBristolWW1COs/ 
      There are printed flyers. If you know of anywhere they can be used please emailrememberingrealww1@gmail.com 
      For Cathedral opening times see https://bristol-cathedral.co.uk/visit-us/opening-hours/ 
      Alongside the exhibition there will be a series of talks, drama and musical events. 
      For more information email rememberingrealww1@gmail.com

      And there is a whole series on the real WW1 (among other things) at 
      Bristol's Radical History Festival
      Sunday September 17
      More information and programme here.
      Saturday 14th October 2017
      Journeys of a London Bicycle Courier
      Speaker: Jon Day
       Jon Day is a writer, literary critic and cyclist. He now teaches English Literature at King’s College London, but before this he worked as a cycle courier in London for many years. He will talk about the politics of cycling, the literary and cultural history of the cycle and the ways in which bicycles connect people with places.
      Venue Epicentre, West Street, Leytonstone E11 4LJ
      Times No admittance before 7.30pm: Vegetarian Buffet (bring something if you can).
      8-10pm Talk & discussion
                     Travel  Stratford stations & 257 bus 
                    or Leytonstone tube (exit left) and 257 or W14 bus
      Access  Disabled access, car park, bikes can be brought in, quiet children welcome.
      You can phone to confirm the talk will be as shown.
      Meetings open to all - just turn up. Enquiries  0208 555 5248                   
      Free entry / raffle / voluntary donations

      Black History Month in Ealing Libraries

      "There is a range of in-depth and informative talks for adults, to a choice of children's activities including the opportunity to meet the creator of 'Rastamouse'."

      BHM Talk: An Inspirational Journey

      • Where:Ealing Central Library
      • When:Tuesday 17th October 2017, 6:00 pm
      • Admission:FREE, no booking required
      Vi Thomas is Director of Nursing at NHS England (London). Coming to the UK in the 1960s she has worked in a variety of leadership roles within the health sector. Vi will be sharing her career journey in the NHS, and reflecting on the importance of the role of BME staff since the 1960s until today.
      Suitable for adults. Ealing Central Library.
      King’s Fund

      Understanding the NHS Over Time: Archives, Voices, Policy
      26 September 2017
      The King’s Fund, 11-13 Cavendish Square, London

      The King’s Fund Information and Knowledge Services and the People’s History of the NHS are delighted to be hosting a joint event on the afternoon of 26 September 2017, entitled Understanding the NHS Over Time: Archives, Voices, Policy.
      The event will see a number of presentations aimed at exploring the history of health policy and the NHS over time. The afternoon will offer the opportunity to learn about the findings of the People’s History research project and the King’s Fund’s digital archive project. Talks will also include the recollections of health historian Geoffrey Rivett’s experiences and a member of the policy team from the King’s Fund to talk about how policy had developed up to the present.
      As well as a series of talks the afternoon will end with an exhibition enabling attendees to explore physical artefacts from King’s Fund archives and the people’s history project.
      To find out more about the event, please visit here.
      [Note: the 2008 RaHN pamphlet on the NHS can be seen here as a pdf.]
      Leeds People's Assembly
      Left Bank Cinema: The Stuart Hall Project
      October 26 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
      £4 - £5
      Made from artfully assembled fragments of film, television, radio and photographic archives, this film presents the story of the astonishing life of a black intellectual in post-colonial Britain.
      Stuart’s sincere and thoughtful narration guides us through his experiences, from arriving in Oxford on a scholarship from Jamaica in 1951 to becoming one of the foremost intellectuals of the British Left, director of the Birmingham School of Cultural Studies and professor of sociology at the Open University.
      This film shows Stuart Hall’s clarity of vision as he sought to expand the study of change, revolution and the political struggles of a turbulent 20th century through the use of cultural frameworks.
      John Akomfrah / UK / 2013 / 103 minutes
       Certificate 12
      Details: http://leftbankleeds.org.uk/event/left-bank-cinema-the-stuart-hall-project/
      London Socialist Historians Seminars
      Autumn 2017
      Seminars are held on alternate Mondays, 5.30pm 
      at the Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet St, London, WC1. 
      They are free to attend without ticket.

      Monday October 16th John Rees, The Leveller Revolution
      Monday October 30th  tba

      London Socialist Historians seminar. All welcome.
      Monday 30 October Merilyn Moos 'Neglected Histories of the Diverse Victims of Nazism'
      Room 304 Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet St, WC1 5.30pm
      "Jews were not the only people targeted by the Nazis during the Holocaust. Communists, Socialists, Anarchists, trade unionists, Resistance fighters, Poles, Roma, persons with disabilities, black people, Soviet prisoners of war, gay people and Jehovah’s Witnesses, were all persecuted and frequently murdered in large numbers by the
      Third Reich. The Nazis had a particular hatred for those who had fought in the International Brigades during the Spanish Civil War. Many forgotten stories need to be reclaimed."

      Monday November 13th Christian Hogsbjerg, 'Every Cook Can Govern': C.L.R James and the Russian Revolution’

      George Orwell (BBC via Penguin)
      Monday November 27th John Newsinger, 
      From Revolution to Labourism?: Orwell and the Left'

      Monday December 11th tba 


      WCML Round-up:
      Working Class Movement Library
      51 The Crescent
      SalfordM5 4WX
      Free Wednesday 2pm talks series:-

      13 Sept                 Jennifer Reid
      Comparing Manchester, Lancashire and Bangladeshi traditional song
      During a research visit to Dhaka this year, Jennifer discovered many links between Manchester and Lancashire traditional songs and those from Dhaka and Sylhet. Using the shared cotton industry which has acted as a bridge between the UK and Bangladesh, there are relevant comparisons to be made.
      Jennifer will also help us launch our contribution to the project ‘A History of Lancashire in 70 Objects'. This is a Heritage Lottery Funded project run in partnership between Lancashire Heritage Learning, Lancashire Life and Museum Development North West. To celebrate the 70th anniversary of Lancashire Life, 70 objects have been chosen with the help of the public from 70 different venues in the County Palatine, each telling a story from Lancashire. The project will run throughout September to November 2017, and aims to celebrate Lancashire's history whilst encouraging the people of Lancashire and beyond to explore and engage with their local history.
      Our chosen object is a beautiful banner, donated to us as part of a fascinating archive of campaign material by the group Lancashire Women Against Pit Closures. You can read more about this archive on the library blog here. The banner is currently on display in our hall. 

      27 Sept.  Could Salford produce another Shelagh Delaney? – round table discussion.
      In anticipation of this year's Shelagh Delaney Day, join Shelagh's daughter Charlotte Delaney, her biographer Selina Todd and MaD Theatre Company to discuss whether opportunities exist for young working class women to find a voice and an audience almost 60 years after A Taste of Honey first appeared.

      From WCML: Apologies - cancellation of Invisible Histories talk on 11 October 

      Many apologies for the late notice, but we have just heard that our speaker is unwell. We have therefore had to cancel our Black History Month talk on the 1976-78 Grunwick strike.

      We are however still remembering the Grunwick strike with a new play, We are the lions, Mr Manager, which is coming to the Library for two performances on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 October at 7.30pm.
      The play is based on the experiences of Jayaben Desai, the inspirational leader of the strike, and of members of the Strike Committee, and tells of their long battle against the management and establishment forces to gain union recognition. 
      The Friday performance has already sold out so we encourage you to book tickets for the performance on Saturday 21st as soon as possible here, price £12.50 (£10.50 concessions).

      Future talks are:

      25 Oct                   Angela Whitecross
      The Co-operative Party 100 years on - a reflection

      8 Nov                    Andy Clark
      The occupation of the factories - women's resistance to factory closure in Scotland, 1981-82
      22 Nov                  Cathy Hunt
      Brave hearts and missionary zeal - the National Federation of Women Workers 1906-21

      6 Dec                     Neil Faulkner
      A people’s history of the Russian Revolution

      Full details at 

      The Library is marking Heritage Open Days 2017 with 'behind-the-scenes' tours on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 September at 2pm.  Book in advance via info@wcml.org.uk.

      You can find out more about other local events and activities at 

      On Thursday 21 September at 7pm we are pleased to host the launch of Citizens by Ian Parks.
        Ian Parks is the only poet to have his work published in the Morning Star and the Times Literary Supplement on the same day, and his new collection Citizens explores the tensions between poetry and politics, the spoken and the unspoken, the private and the public. Accompanied by the ghosts of the Chartist poets he listens to 'the voices of the lost and dispossessed' while visiting places of painful historical memory such as Orgreave, Cable Street, and Blackstone Edge.
      At this event Mike Sanders, Senior Lecturer in 19th Century Writing at the University of Manchester, will interview Ian about his work and the radical tradition, after which Ian will give readings from his book.
        Ian Parks was born in 1959 and is the author of eight collections of poems, the most recent of which was a Poetry Book Society Choice. He was writer in residence at Gladstone's Library in 2012 and Writing Fellow at De Montfort University Leicester from 2012-14. He currently runs the Read to Write Project in Doncaster.
      The Library will stay open on 21 September after its usual closing time of 5pm - drop in any time to browse items reflecting the themes of Ian's poetry, and purchased as part of Voting for Change, a joint project between the Library and the People's History Museum.
      Admission free; light refreshments available
      Townsend Theatre Productions' new play, written by Neil Gore, is premiering at the Library 
      on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 October at 7.30pm.
      We Are The Lions, Mr. Manager! is the remarkable story of Jayaben Desai, the inspirational leader of the 1976-78 Grunwick Strike. She not only stood up for workers’ rights and against oppression with selfless dedication, but with her steadfast resolve she turned the dispute into a national movement for human rights and dignity inspiring future generations.
      Tickets can be booked in advance here, price £12.50 (£9.50 early bird, £10.50 concessions).
      "Very popular Marx & Engels exhibition" runs until 29 September and "celebrates the truly creative partnership between Karl Marx and Frederick Engels, and the body of revolutionary, philosophical and economic writings that their collaboration produced."
      Exhibition open Wednesdays to Fridays 1-5pm, and Saturday 2 September 10am-4pm. Admission free.
      There is now a booklet available containing text and illustrations from the exhibition.  It is available price £2 from the Library, or 
      via our online shop.
      A travelling version of the exhibition will soon be available for groups to borrow - let us know by emailing 
      info@wcml.org.uk if you'd like to know more.  
      There are also travelling versions of our last few exhibition available for lending - examples include Spirit of '45: from warfare to welfare, the James Connolly exhibition We only want the earth, and our WW1 conscientious objector exhibition To end all wars.
      Commemorations of the Irish Famine and of the Manchester Martyrs Timed to align with the National Famine event in Tipperary this September, on Sunday 10 September at 2.30pm at Chorlton Irish Club, Irish Mancunian presents The Great Hunger, featuring film, a book launch, and performance in song and spoken word. The Great Famine of 1845-52 was the most devastating event in the history of modern Ireland. In a country of eight million people, the Famine caused the death of at least one million, with around two million forced to emigrate; this at a time when Ireland was exporting vast quantities of corn, wheat, barley and other foodstuffs to Britain.
      The film double bill is Famine in Ireland: Remember Skibbereen plus Ireland's Great Hunger; Michael Sheehan will launch his new book The Great Hunger in Manchester, which tells the tragic stories of Irish famine refugees in the city, and there will be readings of verbatim accounts of experiences of the Great Hunger.  Angela Durcan and Dominic Kane will round off the day with a selection of songs of the Famine and emigration.
      Entry £8 in advance; £10 on the door.  
      Advance tickets available athttp://www.wegottickets.com/event/410916.
      On Saturday 30 September, 10am to 4pm, the annual Salford Histories Festival takes place at Langworthy Cornerstones451 Liverpool Street, Salford M6 5QQ.  
      Come and say hello to the volunteers on the Library stall!  
      Other participants include Salford TUC, the Irwell Valley Mining Project, Elizabeth Gaskell's House and various local history societies.
      Entry is free, and refreshments are available.

      And on Sunday 8 October at 3pm, at the same venue, Irish Mancunian will mark the 150th anniversary of the death of the Manchester Martyrs with a new play from Straightforward Theatre, Edward and Eliza and the Smashing of the Van.
      The year is 1867. Edward Brett and his Irish wife, Eliza are struggling to make a living from their small shop. Edward’s brother, a popular policeman, is shot dead during the rescue of two Irish Republican prisoners in Manchester. A huge upsurge of anti-Irish feeling sweeps the country, and three Irishmen are publicly hanged. Edward and Eliza struggle to cope with their loss, their loyalty to each other and their different cultural backgrounds.
      Written by Eileen Murphy, the play explores dilemmas that are still very relevant today.  It will be followed by a series of dramatic readings, interspersed with live music from Angela Durcan and Dominic Kane, featuring famous songs from the times.  
      Entry £8 in advance; £10 on the door.  
      Advance tickets available at http://www.wegottickets.com/event/414848.
      Labour Film Festival international contest
      The Labour Film Festival (London & North West) has created a new format for its 2017 events, built around a  shorts and feature length film contest. The organisers are asking people to enter the contest with films that tell stories related to the world of work and of workers and their lives. 
      There will be an opportunity to view the short-listed entries at the festivals (London & North West) which will be held in November this year.  The winners will be announced at a festival awards ceremony, also in November.
      The contest is open until 20 October 2017.  The short films that will are awarded in all categories will be shared across the festival social media platforms and Web site.   
      More details about how to enter here.
      Mary Quaile Club  event 

      (Organisers recommend early booking as they think it will be popular.)

      Fighting Unemployment, Poverty  and Austerity
      Saturday 30th September 2017,  1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Free

      "Please note that our event on 30th September "Fighting poverty and austerity" will now start at 1pm, and not 2pm, as previously notified."

      The Annexe, Working Class Movement Library, 51 Crescent, Salford M5 4WX.

      Speakers: Sean Mitchell and Charlotte Hughes
      Seán Mitchell will discuss his recently published  book, Struggle or Starve, Working Class Unity in Belfast's 1932 Outdoor Relief Riots (Haymarket Books).
      In October 1932, the streets of Belfast were gripped by widespread rioting that lasted the best part of a week. Thousands of unarmed demonstrators fought extended pitched battles against heavily-armed police. Unemployed workers and, indeed, whole working-class communities, dug trenches and built barricades to hold off the police assault. The event became known as the Outdoor Relief Riot - one of very few instances in which class sympathy managed to cross the religious divide.
      Struggle or Starve is the first book-length study of these events, and is based on archive research and first-hand accounts. Sean Mitchell is a founder member of People Before Profit, an all-Ireland socialist party.

      Charlotte Hughes  is an activist in Tameside Against The Cuts which  for  four years has held a weekly picket outside the Job Centre in Ashton under Lyne, offering solidarity, advice and support to claimants. She writes a weekly blog about the picket, The Poor Side of Life, and is also a regular contributor to the Morning Star socialist  newspaper. In her talk she will speak from first hand experience of the war on the poor being waged by the Tory government.

      The Mary Quaile Club - named in memory of Manchester trade unionist Mary Quaile -  organises regular events  on working class history and the links with contemporary political issues.
      This event is  part of the Take Back Manchester Festival , organised by the People's Assembly.
      Email: maryquaileclub@gmail.com

      Afterword: How It Went -
      A short account of the MQC event on "Fighting Unemployment, Poverty and Austerity" is now available at
      Also from/via MQC:-
      Film screening  under auspices of NUJ Manchester & Salford branch:
      September 9, 14:30 
      at Three Minute Theatre, Affleck’s Arcade, Oldham Street, Manchester M1 1JG 
      All welcome, you don’t have to be an NUJ member. Facebook event page for film 
      Launch of Fair Press for Tenants
      Thursday, September 14 at Media City,University of Salford, #B4 Salford Quays M50 2HE
      Course on the history of radical women
      Michael Herbert, one of the co-founders of the Mary Quaile club,  will be teaching a course on the history of  radical  women this autumn, starting on 10 October,  and running for 10 weeks. This will normally take place  between 11am and 1pm. The venue  will be the  Working Class Movement  Library, 51 Crescent, Salford M4 4WX. The cost of the course is £60.

      The course will look at the history of radical  women from Mary Wollstonecraft, author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman,  through to the  suffrage campaign. It will include women  in the radical movement  of the 1790s, Women and Luddism, Women at Peterloo, Women Republicans and atheists, Women in the early Co-operative movement, Women and Chartism, Women and trade unionism, and will finish with the story of the long struggle over 70 years for Votes for Women.

      Michael is an historian and author of Up Then Brave Women; Manchester's Radical Women 1819-1918. He is a Trustee  of the Working Class Movement Library, and a member of Unite since 1983. 

      This has proved to be a popular course in the past and early booking  is suggested. For more information about the course or to  book a place, please email Michael: redflagwalks@gmail.com
      Banner Theatre's new production Rise Like Lions!

      In the wake of the huge success of Labour’s election campaign, which focused on hope and an end to austerity, Rise, Like Lions! weaves inspirational stories of workers in struggle with music, song and video.

      The show exposes the 30-year plot to privatise the NHS and stages the fight to keep it in public hands. It dramatises the successful strikes of teaching support staff in Derby and Durham, and captures the spirit and defiance of the anti-fracking campaigners at the Preston New Road site in Lancashire.

      With its thundering mix of folk, reggae and ska, Rise, Like Lions! brings you songs, stories and video scoops from the frontline of the class war. So, switch off the fake news and tune in to the real news from Banner Theatre!

      Fantastic, empowering, goosebumps the whole time!” Anna Quick, NUT Student Member

      "If Bertolt Brecht had had access to new technologies and keyboards, this is what he would have created. Great!” Senior Lecturer, Royal Holloway University

      Audience members were absolutely entranced by the show. The conversation and debate sparked by the show lasted until closing time, and the bar was buzzing with people.” Ben Fletcher-Watson, Director, The Round, Newcastle

      Facebook event on the Manchester Trades Council page
      Donations from affiliates would be helpful to help cover costs.

      From Organiser - Manchester Trades Union Council (via MQC mailing)
       Wakefield Socialist History Group
       Saturday 16 September: GEORGE ORWELL AND SOCIALISM
      PLEASE NOTE AMENDED DATE - previously noted as 9th, sorry
      At the Red Shed, Vicarage Street, Wakefield WF1 1QX.  
      Admission is free and free light snacks are provided. There is also a bar with excellent real ale. 

      "..the ILP is the only British party -at any rate the only one large enough to be worth considering- which aims at anything I should regard as socialism" (Orwell, 1938) 
      "..the real struggle (in Spain) is between revolution and counter-revolution; between workers who are vainly trying to hold on to a little of what they won in 1936 and the liberal-Communist bloc who are so successfully taking it away from them" (Orwell, 1937) 
      "..everyone who uses his brain knows that Socialism, as a world-system and wholeheartedly applied, is a way out..Socialism is such elementary common sense that I am sometimes amazed that it has not established itself already" (Orwell, Road to Wigan Pier 1937).
       The speakers so far are:
      *Brian Bamford (co-author of "The Boys on the Blacklist") who will be speaking on "Professor Preston and George Orwell: The Varietes of Historical Investigation and Experience"
      *Alan Stewart (Convenor of Wakefield Socialist History Group) talking about "How George Orwell ended up in Barnsley!"

      To come:

      Wakefield Socialist History Group event, THE YORKSHIRE MINERS, is on Saturday 14 October 1pm at the Red Shed, Vicarage Street, Wakefield.

      • Ken Capstick will be the opening speaker.  He is former Vice President of the Yorkshire NUM.  He will be speaking about the "Curious Case of David Swallow."  David was born in East Ardsley, Wakefield.  He is credited with being the founder of the first national miners union and he played a leading role in the first national strike.
      • Huddersfield historian Alan Brooke (author of "Colliers and Hurriers: Working Conditions in Collieries Around Huddersfield") will also be speaking.  Again admission is free.

      After the Event...
      Brian Bamford's contribution to the event at the Red Shed
      discussing George Orwell & Socialism:
      "BECAUSE the subject of this talk is specifically about Orwell's socialism I ought to say what I won't be dealing with.  Orwell is such a vast subject, and he featured on Radio 4 only this week." 
      For more go to www.northernvoicesmag.blogspot.com

      Also at the Red Shed (Wakefield Labour Club)l, Vicarage Street, Wakefield WF1 1QX.
      Saturday (7th October) 1.30pm 

      Chris Nineham, Vice Chair of the Stop the War Coalition, will be talking about his new book 
      The event is organised by Counterfire and admission is free.  
      (Chaired by Convenor of Wakefield Socialist History Group.)
      Bishopsgate Institute
      Near Liverpool Street Station; a few minutes walk, between Liverpool Street station and Spitalfields Market.
      Bishopsgate Institute 
      230 Bishopsgate 
      EC2M 4QH

       The East End - A Brief but Contentious History
      Wednesday 4 October | 19:00 - 20:00
      £9, £5 conc.
      Professor John Marriott's illuminating talk questions the nature of the East End as an object of historical inquiry. Challenging the prevailing mythology of the area as a site of criminality and degeneration, he seeks to explore the interconnections among the origins, geographical boundaries and cultural landscape of East London.

      Women's and Feminist History 1970 to Today
      Wednesday 25 October | 18:30 - 21:00
      Free, drop-in

      Join us for an evening exploring women’s history as shown in the archives of Bishopsgate Institute at this free pop-up display. Find out more about grassroots protests, everyday women's lives, and the campaigns that have motivated women from the second wave of feminism in the 1970s to today.

      Why Public History? 
      The First Annual Conference of the Centre for Public History, 
      Queen’s University Belfast
      7-8 December 2017

      In Autumn 2017 the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics at Queen’s University Belfast is launching its new Centre for Public History. An interdisciplinary initiative, the Centre aims to provide a broad approach to the multi-faceted method of public history – in theory, application, and critique. This inaugural annual conference begins that task by seeking to assess the current state of the discipline. It asks a simple but vital question: in an age of ‘fake news’, ‘history wars’, and ‘impact agendas’, what role do scholars and practitioners have in shaping the relationship between the public and the place of the past?      

      Reflective keynote lectures will be given by leading scholars in the field: Professor Ludmilla Jordanova (Durham University), Professor Peter Mandler (tbc) (University of Cambridge), and Professor Jock Phillips (University of Auckland).

      We invite individual 20-minute papers, or panels of 3 papers, on these themes from any historical period or geographic locale, and encourage comparative work
      Abstracts should not exceed 250 words, and should be accompanied by a short CV and sent to publichistory@qub.ac.uk by 1 September 2017. Notification of acceptance will be sent by 20 September 2017. To find out more about the event, please visit here
      Study Day in Amiens: Tuesday 26th September
      Encountering the Other: 
      Africans, Natives, Afro-Americans and Asiatics in Europe in the Great War
      (Association of History and Geography Teachers)

      Mardi 26 septembre 2017
      Lycée Jean de la Fontaine (Château-Thierry)
       Cette journée d’étude, proposée par l’association des professeurs d’histoire géographie (APHG), s’attache à étudier les bouleversements, notamment de perceptions, nés de la rencontre de l’« Autre » dans la Grande Guerre. Regard des soldats et travailleurs coloniaux sur la France, ou encore celui des troupes allemandes et alliées sur les Noirs, un large panel d’historiens et de spécialistes aborderont la question sous tous les angles. (Une thématique qui fait écho à la série Frères d’armes, diffusée pendant l'exposition qui accompagne l’événement.)
      Women's Peace Crusade film and HOUSMANS PEACE DIARY LAUNCH
      Wed 4th October @ 7pm
      Tickets are free - more information on the Houseman's website.

      Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, King’s Cross,
      London, N1 9DX
      tel: 020 7837 4473
        e: shop@housmans.com

      The Women's Peace Crusade 1917-1918’
      with Alison Ronan Wednesday 4th October,7pm
      Free Entry
      Also at Housmans:
      ‘How to Resist: Turn Protest to Power’
      with Matthew Bolton
       in conversation with Wail Qasim
      Wednesday 27th September,7pm

      ‘We're Queer And We Should Be Here: The perils and pleasures of being a gay football fan’
      with Darryl Telles
      Friday 6th October, 7pm
      Free Entry
      Peace News present:
      ‘1917: The Nonviolent Russian Revolution’ with Milan Rai 
      Wednesday 25th October, 7pm
      Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase. 
      1917 conference
      On Saturday 4 November at the Old Fire Station, Crescent, Salford M5 4NL (courtesy of the University of Salford) the Peace History Conference and the Library will present a day exploring the effect of the Russian Revolutions on the British labour and peace movements.  
      The morning sessions consider the impact nationally and the afternoon covers, with talks, readings and film, the remarkable campaigns by women in the North West:
      • 'Way of Seeing: The Bolshevik Revolution and the British Left'. Prof John Callaghan
      • 'Against Imperialist War: Communists in the struggle for peace'. Dr Kate Hudson
      • 'Crusading Women in the North West'. Dr Alison Ronan
      • 'The Last Weapon: Theodora Wilson Wilson'. Maxine Peake (tbc) and Virginia Branney
      Tickets £15 (£10 concessions) from peacehistoryconference2017.eventbrite.co.uk.
      Wigan Diggers' Festival
      The annual Diggers' Festival takes place this year on Saturday 9 September from 11am to 9.30pm at The Wiend, Wigan.  The day commemorates Wigan-born Gerrard Winstanley and the 17th century Diggers movement, and includes free talks, music, poetry, film showings and over 50 food, book and campaign stalls.  Further information atwigandiggersfestival.org

      LSHG starting the term a little later than usual with the first seminar 
      Monday 16th October, 5.30pm, Room 304 at the Institute of Historical Research, Malet St WC1.
      John Rees will be speaking on his recent book The Leveller Revolution. 

      See blog (linked) for new autumn newsletter.
      Liberating Arts Festival
      Feature on the event from the Morning Star. http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-09e9-Awakening-the-sleeping-giant-through-the-arts#.WeH4no9SyUk

      Round-up from PM Press:
      Progressive Education Network in Boston, MA from October 5th to 7th
      New England Art Book Fair in Providence, RI on October 6th and 7th
      Teaching for Social Justice in San Francisco, CA on October 7th
      Western Maryland Independent Lit Festival in Frostburg, MD on October 13th and 14th
      Bouchercon in Toronto, ON from October 13th to 15th
      Atlanta Radical Book Fair in Atlanta, GA on October 14th
      Twin Cities Book Festival in Minneapolis, MN on October 14th and 15th
      Vancouver Art Book Fair in Vancouver, BC on October 14th and 15th
      Bioneers in San Rafael, CA from October 20th to 22nd
      Northwest Teaching for Social Justice in Seattle, WA on October 21st
      Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market in Trenton, NJ on October 22nd
      Peace and Justice Studies Association in Birmingham, AL on October 26th
      The FEST 16 in Gainesville, FL on October 27th
      London Anarchist Book Fair in London, UK on October 28th

      Los Angeles Anarchist Book Fair in Los Angeles, CA on October 28th and 29th