Day of action at the ExCeL, London • 4 September 2019
UPDATE: How it went according to CND
'Do No Harm’ - a meeting about war, the arms trade and health.
- Rita Dayoub, a Syrian dentist, Academy Associate at Chatham House and founder of ‘Health Workers at the Frontline’
- Dr. Sara Beleil, Psychiatrist and Academic Secretary at the Sudan Doctors’ Union UK
- Ann Feltham, Parliamentary Coordinator at Campaign Against the Arms Trade
Please RSVP for this event free here:
Saturday 14th September 2019
The Army Bureau of Current Affairs (ABCA) is mainly known for its alleged contribution to the 1945 Labour landslide. However it was also an extremely radical experiment in adult education. Constructed by the ‘radical general’ Ronald Adam & his civilian adviser W. E. Williams, the originator of Pelican Books and later of the Arts Council, & based on a critique of the tutorial class method that had become traditional in the WEA, it set out to engage the highest possible proportion of the army’s three million conscripts in lively discussion, both of how the war was being conducted and of current affairs more generally.
To do this it trained many thousands of junior officers in how to conduct genuinely open discussions, as well as producing stimulus material in the form of booklets and maps that still look modern today. Extensive use was also made of drama and film. All this was done in the teeth of opposition from senior politicians & sections of the army high command. At the end of the war, attempts were made to extend approaches developed within ABCA to civilian adult & further education.
Talk: Radical Adult Education Where You’d Least Expect It: ABCA 1941-45
Speaker: Colin Waugh
Saturday 14th September 2019
Meetings start with a buffet at 7:30pm followed by a talk at 8:00pm, then discussion at about 9:00pm
Epicentre, West Street, Leytonstone, London, E11 4LJ
Public Transport details: https://newsfromnowhereweb.
With Andrew Feinstein
Monday 16th September 2019Time start 18.15 (sharp)
70/77 Cowcross Street,
London, EC1M 6EJ
Monday 23 September @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm, Free
Hal, who some of you met at the last Autonomy Now talk, is a registered therapist. He has noted that political anxieties – such as Trump, Brexit, Boris Johnson, racism, elitism, sexism, climate catastrophe etc – are being increasingly cited as a cause of considerable distress. In response, he wanted to create a supportive environment to discuss these issues, emphasising the impact the current political climate has on our collective psyche and on our emotional wellbeing.
Booking preferred. Further details: https://housmans.com/event/
This Land is Ours: The Fight for Land Justice
Speakers from the Anarchist Communist Group.
Housmans Bookshop, free entry
Thursday 26th September
7pm start. No booking required.
The speakers did one of the better talks at the last London Radical Bookfair. They will be doing a new and updated version for us.
The plan that came from the bottom up
This is not a ticketed event but we expect it to be very busy - please arrive early to ensure a place...
The discussion will include why the protest was so large, the second largest of the whole tour (the Anti-Apartheid Movement organised protests at all 26 matches), and why the police acted so decisively with the chief constable telling the press afterwards they could say the demonstrators were frightened.
All are welcome.
Organisers Keith Venables and Ali Ronan have put out a call welcoming stories, poems, films and exhibitions - contributions in any medium lasting 15/20 minutes are invited.
The event is free but donations are welcome. Please get in touch to register:
Ali Ronan email@example.com or Keith Venables iwceducation@yahoo.
Our much-praised exhibition Peterloo: news, fake news and paranoia finishes on Thursday, 19 September. Drop by here (ideally between 1 and 5pm on Wednesday and Thursday when we have a volunteer in the hall to welcome you, but we'll let you in of course any time we're open...) to have a browse.
Our next exhibition, The Basque children: child refugees from the Spanish Civil War, opens on Wednesday 25 September. All are welcome to join us for the formal opening at 6pm that day. This is a guest exhibition from BCA’37 UK, the Association for the UK Basque Children, and tells the story of the children who came to colonies in Manchester, Salford, Bolton and other cities in the North West.
Subsequent subjects include:
* stories behind a scrapbook of political cartoons by John Doyle, from around the time of the 1832 Reform Act, recently purchased by the Library, and
*Glasgow in 1919. Full details at www.wcml.org.uk/events.
This is WCML’s first hosting of this annual event, which was inaugurated last year at the Marx Memorial Library and will alternate between us. Admission free; all welcome.
Banned - books for peaceOn Monday 11 November at 7pm in Cross Street Unitarian Chapel in Manchester, the Peace History Conference (involving Greater Manchester CND and the Working Class Movement Library) will be holding an event surrounding banned books - more specifically the works of Theodora Wilson Wilson.
Local film-maker Nick Wilding has put together a short film with Maxine Peake, discussing Theodora's work The last weapon and the context within which it was written, and featuring readings from the novel by Maxine. Afterwards there will be a talk from academic Paul Anderson, followed by discussion with the audience.
Further details here
EXHIBITION: BLACK DIAMONDS by Al Johnson
The IWGB boycott of Senate House continues and it would be fair to say that the University is being obdurate in terms of the legitimate issue of bringing outsourced workers back in-house on decent terms and conditions.
While the dispute continues it's the job of socialist historians to offer solidarity.That means we cannot hold seminars at the IHR for the autumn term
... working with others on alternative arrangements.
On Monday 28th October at Kings College David Edgerton will speak on the rise and decline of Britain.
On Thursday 14th November at Bookmarks there will be a launch of the new Socialist History Society publication on Treason with Merilyn Moos, Christian Hogsbjerg and Steve Cushion. This comes out of an LSHG conference held in 2018 at the IHR and we will be supporting the launch.
Later in November I am hoping Martin Hoyles will speak on his new book on Ira Aldridge.Full details of these events will be available a little nearer the time.
If supporters have ideas for speakers (and venues) do get in touch!
The next newsletter will be about in mid-October.
Contributions, reviews, comments are welcome. At the moment the plan is to focus on matters industrial with the IHR dispute, the disgraceful victimisation of trade unionists at Ruskin with its close associations with socialist history and of course the current wider UCU dispute.Finally of course we supported the Climate Strike on 20th September and will be supporting the climate actions in October.
Organised and hosted by UEA School of History in conjunction with the journal Socialist History and the Institute of Working Class History, Chicago.
- History, Marxism and international socialism
- History, class and class consciousness
- History, philosophy and critical theory
- History, gender, race, sexuality
- History and (post)colonialism
- History and/as activism
- History, pedagogy and empowerment
- National and international histories
- Party histories
- History and the role of the historian as public intellectual
Remembering the Stop the Seventy Tour campaign
Autumn 1969 and Spring 1970 saw demonstrations and pitch invasions of grounds to disrupt the Springboks rugby team - representing apartheid South Africa - as they toured Britain and Ireland. Organised by the Stop the Seventy Tour Committee with the support of the Anti-Apartheid Movement, this mass civil disobedience in the face of police brutality successfully stopped the 1970 South African cricket tour and future cricketing tours until apartheid fell - a victory for anti-racists everywhere and a tremendous example of international solidarity. We are researching the campaign and its roots for a pamphlet to be published early next year to mark the victory - and would very much welcome testimony or memories from any involved in this inspiring campaign.
Please find us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Geoff Brown and Christian Hogsbjerg
UPDATE: How it went -[14th September] Today our newest additions to the Digital Library went online. Mostly local materials, in preparation for our Nottingham Prints Exhibition (27-29 Sep), but thanks to a very kind donation we have now also been able to complete our set of 1980s anarchist computer magazine Black Chip.And our Document of the Month for September is...- A 1987 (probably) publication, thought to be lost to time, but we were thrilled to discover it after all in the vast and treacherous realms of our uncatalogued materials!Finally, we are getting very excited about our forthcoming Nottingham Prints exhibition. Although it was (and still is!) lots of work, we are very much enjoying putting together loads of exciting materials for our three day exhibition at Nottingham Contemporary.You can already explore hundreds of alternative and radical titles from the 1970s to the 2010s we have processed for you, all available for free in our Digital Library. The dedicated Spotlight on: ... feature has now (Sat 14th Sep) been updated with loads more titles.Dive in and we hope to see you at the Nottingham Contemporary on Friday 27th, Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th September 2019 (Fri/Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-5pm).If you are able to, it would be amazing if you are please able to help us promote the event. Please feel free to retweet our stuff, forward this email or - if you want to be old school - we will be at the Green Festival tomorrow (Sunday 15th) and leave leaflets with ExLibris - The Masked Booksellers if anyone wants to pick up a few.Thanks and all the very best wishesA Sparrow
Many thanks to everyone, we had a great weekend at the Nottingham Contemporary.Almost 500 people (not counting the ones who came in, looked confused and wandered off again) saw and engaged with our exhibition of local alternative and radical news media.Many thanks to everyone who joined us to celebrate these wonderful materials, to everyone who promoted the event, helped putting it up and taking it down again, to those who donated more materials (some very good stuff will be added soon!) and of course many thanks to the Notts Zine Library and everyone at the Nottingham Contemporary for hosting the event and supporting us all weekend.We are pretty exhausted but very happy. A proper update with photos and all will follow soon.You can read all exhibited materials (and many, many more) in our Spotlight on:... feature covering the local stuff, which has now also been updated with various other exhibition materials (the personal stories, timelines, etc.).Please note that this month we will only be open as normal (Wed 11am-2pm) on the 9th and the 30th October, but please feel free to get in touch to arrange a visit by appointment.Our normal weekly opening times will resume from the 30th October.
Another of our popular guided walks ‘To the Castle!’
Start 4pm St Peter Square (outside M&S)