£4. All welcome.
Book Launch: 1956
Saturday 1 April: BRITISH SOCIALISM AND WORLD WAR ONE
Saturday 13 May: SYNDICALISM AND THE GREAT UNREST
All meetings start at 1pm and are held at the Red Shed, Vicarage Street, Wakefield WF1 1QX.
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.
The exhibitions are open Wednesdays to Fridays 1-5pm, and the first Saturday of the month 10am-4pm. Admission free.
Talk by Marika Sherwood on Claudia Jones’s remarkable life.
This event is part of Wonder Women, Manchester’s annual feminist festival. From 2-12 March 2017, we celebrate the women’s movement born in our area through a radical programme of cultural events, asking how far we’ve come in 100 years – and how far we have yet to go. Visit creativetourist.com/wonderwomen.
Our free Invisible Histories talks will start up again in March – Wednesdays at 2pm:
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.
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.
All welcome, admission free, light refreshments afterwards.
Further details of talks in May and June are at http://www.wcml.org.uk/events.
Irish Mancunian Film & Culture
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.