'Lancashire and the Spanish Civil War' conference:Saturday 20 August from 11am to 4pm at Pendle Leisure Trust, ACE Centre, Cross Street, Nelson BB9 7NH a conference is being organised by the Lancashire Association of Trades Union Councils. Papers on the theme of Lancashire and the Spanish Civil War include one from Stuart Walsh, on behalf of WCML, on the Aid for Spain movement. Price £5 including lunch, payable on the day. Further details from Peter Billington, email firstname.lastname@example.org, tel 07709 622405.
Peace History Conference 2016
This year's exciting and informative Conference will take place in Leeds, Yorkshire on 14th and 15th October .
There are just a few tickets remaining for our 17 September conference at the Old Fire Station, Crescent, Salford.
The decades spanning the turn of the twentieth century saw an upsurge in female activism as women began to organise themselves into trade unions, take part in the socialist debates on social and economic change, and demand the vote. This conference celebrates the battles and achievements of working-class women in the drive to achieve a fairer and more balanced society.
Keynote speakers: Professor Sheila Rowbotham and Professor Karen Hunt. Full speaker lineup at http://www.wcml.org.uk/radicalwomenconf
Price £20 waged, £7.50 unwaged including lunch. Places must be reserved and paid for in advance. Please email Royston Futter, email@example.com
On Thursday 8 and Friday 9 September at 2pm we mark Heritage Open Days 2016 with behind the scenes tours of the Library. Pre-booking advised via firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Thursday 27 October we open in the evening (6.30pm-8pm) to mark the nationwide Museums at Night celebration. Broadside ballads from the Manchester region from the ‘Middleton Linnet’ Jennifer Reid form a counterpoint to Battle for the Ballot, in which singer-songwriter Quiet Loner uses original songs to tell the story of how working people came to have a vote. The story will take in events like the Peterloo Massacre and introduce the people – Chartists, politicians and suffragettes – who fought for the ideal of universal suffrage.
12 Oct Katrina Navickas Protests and public space in Lancashire and Yorkshire in the age of radicals and the Chartists, 1789-1848.
26 Oct Nicole Robertson “Organise, educate and agitate”: trade unionism and office workers in Britain, 1914-39.
9 Nov Mervyn Busteed Engels, the Burns Family and the Manchester Irish.
23 Nov Malcolm Pittock Albert Evans, Bolton WW1 conscientious objector.
All welcome, admission free, light refreshments after.
On Wednesday 28 September our new exhibition, We Only Want the Earth, opens and runs until the end of the year. On the centenary of the Easter rising we explore 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.
A year-long series of monthly discussion meetings, timed to take place during the run-up to the centenary of Russia’s revolutions of 1917.
Venue: Birkbeck, University of London
Full programme and further information: https://socialhistories1917.wordpress.com/
Each discussion will be opened by historians, scholars working in academia who have spent many years studying the revolution in the Russian archives. But these are not academic seminars - they are open to all who share our interest in the history of the Russian revolution as a landmark struggle for social liberation. At each discussion there will be an opening talk of about 30 minutes, followed by open debate.
The emphasis in the discussion meetings will be on the social histories of the revolution - that is, how it was experienced by the mass of working people who participated.
By taking this approach we aim not to brush aside the role of political leaders, and their disputes and decisions, but rather to move beyond these well-known debates and reach a deeper understanding of the revolution as the active participation of millions of people in changing history.
We hope that by developing our theme over a year of meetings, we will be able collectively to engage in serious thinking and re-thinking about the revolution and its significance for our past and present.
William Dixon, Brendan McGeever, Simon Pirani (Organisers)
Oct 27 – Steve Smith (University of Oxford): The Social History of the Russian Revolution and Civil War, 1917-1921
Nov 24 – Brendan McGeever (Birkbeck, University of London): Antisemitism and Revolutionary Politics in the Russian Revolution, 1917-1919
Dec 15 – Andy Willimott (Reading University): Living the Revolution: Urban Communes in 1920s Russia and the Invention of a Socialist Lifestyle
Jan 26 – Sarah Badcock (Nottingham University): The 1917 Revolutions at Local Level
Feb 23 – Katy Turton (Queens University, Belfast): Women in Revolt: the Female Experience of the 1917 Revolutions
March 16 – George Gilbert (Southampton University): The Radical Right and the Russian Revolution
March 30 –Dimitri Tolkatsch (University of Freiburg, Germany): The Ukrainian Peasant Insurgency in the Revolutionary Period
April 27 – Chris Read (Warwick University): The Social History of the Revolutionary Period
May 25 – Barbara Allen (La Salle University, USA): Alexander Shlyapnikov and the Russian Metalworkers in 1917
June 29 – Don Filtzer (University of East London): The Working Class and the First Five-year Plan, 1928-32
Sep 28 – Wendy Goldman (Carnegie Mellon University, USA): Taking Power: Remaking the Family, Levelling Wages, Planning the Economy
Oct 12 – Lara Cook (University of York): Local Soviets in 1917-18 and their Relations with the Central Executive Committee
Oct 26 – 1917 A Century On: A Debate (Speakers TBC, including Simon Pirani (author of The Russian Revolution in Retreat 1920-1924)
Nov 23 – Gleb Albert (University of Zurich): Early Soviet Society and World Revolution, 1917-27
Brexit and food prices: the legacy of the Hungry Forties"Plenty of attention is being paid to the political and constitutional effects of Brexit, but what will its economic impact be on life’s most basic commodities? How did food prices inform the debate in the weeks and months leading up to the referendum, and how have they informed debate in the past? How have the spectres of want and hunger been invoked over the last century and a half in political contexts, and are we paying them enough attention now?