Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Events into Autumn

WCML
Working Class Movement Library
51 The Crescent
SalfordM5 4WX

Autumn events schedule here including:
 a new play about the GrunwickStrike, 20th-21st Oct 2017, 19:30 to 21:30 

- 4th -20th October, 1p.m.-5p.m.
 
Dave Randall talk - Sound System: the Political Power of Music
Wednesday, 19 July at 2pm, we welcome Dave Randall to talk to us about his new book. Sound System is the story of one musician’s journey to discover what makes music so powerful. Years of touring, playing and protesting have given Dave Randall an insider’s view of the music industry, enabling him to shed light on the secrets of celebrity, commodification and culture. The book, published by Pluto Press in March 2017, finds examples of music as a force of social change as well as something that has been used to keep people in their place throughout history.
From the Glastonbury Festival to the Arab Spring, Pop Idol to Trinidadian Carnival, Randall finds political inspiration across the musical spectrum and poses the question: how can we make music serve the interest of the many, rather than the few?
Dave Randall is a musician and activist. He was the former guitarist in Faithless and has toured the world playing guitar with Dido, Sinead O’Connor and many others.
This talk is part of the Invisible Histories series - all welcome, admission free, light refreshments afterwards.
This is the last talk before a short summer break - we'll be back on Wednesday 13 September with a talk comparing Manchester, Lancashire and Bangladeshi traditional song, and future topics include the Grunwick strike, the Co-operative Party, and the Russian Revolution.  Full details of all the autumn talks are at www.wcml.org.uk/events
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226 plates for peace - artist talk and launch event
Artist James Bloomfield has undertaken a research residency at Salford Museum & Art Gallery and the Working Class Movement Library.
 The outcome of this research is the creation of art installation In Service 1918-2017 which will consist of 226 commemorative ceramic plates, one for each global conflict since 1918 and all listing the number of fatalities for that conflict.  Volunteers have helped decorate many of the plates (you can read more on James's blog here) and they are shortly going to be taken for firing at Darwen Terracotta.
The plates will then be used as part of the regular dinner service at Salford Museum & Art Gallery‘s cafĂ© and in Ordsall Hall’s coffee shop. The plates will be presented for service on 31 July and later decommissioned on 10 November to coincide with the centenary of the battle of Passchendaele, which runs over these exact dates (3 months and 6 days).
In Service 1918-2017 launches at a free event here at WCML on Thursday 27 July from 6.30pm, when James will talk about his work and Paul Rogers, Professor of Peace Studies at Bradford University, will talk on ‘New wars and how to prevent them’.  Refreshments provided, free event but please book, limited places available on the day -click here to tell us you're coming, thanks!
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Book launch - Citizens by Ian Parks
On Thursday 21 September at 7pm the Library hosts a book launch. Ian Parks's new collection 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.

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.
 
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1917 conference [see below]
Early notification that on Saturday 4 November 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.
More information to follow.
Tickets £15 (£10 concessions) from peacehistoryconference2017.eventbrite.co.uk.
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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 at wigandiggersfestival.org

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SHS meeting - Thomas Spence and the Land Question

Thomas Spence and the Land Question
Speaker Professor Malcolm Chase
2pm, Saturday 29th July 2017
Venue: Marx Memorial Library, 37a Clerkenwell Green, London EC1R 0DU
Malcolm is Professor of Social History at the University of Leeds. He has written extensively on Thomas Spence, including a recent article ‘The real rights of man: Thomas Spence,Paine and Chartism’ and his first book The People’s Farm: English Radical Agrarianism, 1775-1840 (1988), of which a new edition was recently published. His other books include The Chartists: perspectives and legacies (2015) and Chartism: A New History (2007).
 He is Vice-President of the Society for the Study of Labour History and a member of the SHS.
Admission free, retiring collection, all welcome
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East Anglian INDEPENDENTWORKING CLASS EDUCATION  Event         

Cambridge* on Saturday 5th August from 2pm- 7.30pm.
  
The theme is 'Socialism: Towards 2020'; there will be a number of short
talks and lots of discussion. 
    What constitutes socialism now?
    What do we think of the Corbyn Surge?
    Can history inform what we do in the present to build for the future?

If you would like to contribute with a brief talk please email
David Welsh: davidwelsh83@btinternet.com

And you'll need to register: Email: davidwelsh83@btinternet.com
or through Eventbrite: 

* Venue: Cherry Tree Club, St Matthew's Street, Cambridge CB1 2LT
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To mark the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act – a significant step in the decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England and Wales – we are hosting two exciting events based on records from collection that shed light on this pivotal moment in British history. We will also look at records to help you explore wider LGBT+ histories.

A step forward: 50 years since The Sexual Offences Act
An afternoon of talks and workshops, £5
Saturday 22 July,
13:30-17:00, Kew
Take a closer look at the documents in our collection that shed light on this pivotal moment in British history.
 With varied offerings, ranging from contextual talks to an in-depth workshop on the secretive Polari language, this afternoon offers a dynamic and collaborative means to engage with the original documents and the real-life experiences that lie within them.

Out in the archives
Hands on History, £5
Tuesday 25 July,
18:00-20:00, Kew
This workshop and document display will take you through our collections relating to LGBT+ history, and reflect on significant moments and milestones.
 We will guide you through how to use our records to research LGBT+ history, as well as letting you explore original records on the theme, including the calling card of 18th century transgender diplomat Chevalier d’Eon, police records about the Shim Sham Club from 1930s London, and more.
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Remobilising militant pasts: Histories of Protest, Unrest and Insurrection in Politics and Culture
[Reminder] Kings College London - 31 August - 1 September 2017
For programme and registration details please see here:
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[From LSHGThe Battle of Lewisham 1977 - Forty years on

The Battle of Lewisham - Reunion - How we stopped the Nazi NF
  • Saturday 12 August at 13:0016:30 UTC+01

  • Clifton Rise, London, SE14 6, United Kingdom
Fb event   
"Forty years ago this August, thousands of anti fascists and locals from South East London stopped the fascists of the National Front from marching.  The National Front hoped that by demonstrating in Lewisham – an area with a high proportion of Afro Caribbeans – they would further intimidate minorities. The fascists, however, were to receive a rude awakening. The victory was critical in beating back the rise in racism and fascism. Saturday 13th August, 1977 helped set back the fascists for a generation.
"The far right had become, pre Lewisham, mainstream in the media, in political life and often, in popular culture. In 1977, the National Front received over 100,000 votes in London elections.
The historic day in Lewisham, itself, saw trades unionists, socialists, Labour Party members, and crucially, many people from Lewisham itself, come together to say enough is enough.
"Up to 10,000 people joined in to oppose the NF. All the fascists possible routes were continually blocked, NF banners were burned, and Bob Marley was played. The counter demo became a great example of black and white unity.
"Nazi organizations such as the NF, believed that they could build a mass movement based upon racial prejudices and racist violence. They were wrong, and they were defeated.
"Ted Parker who took part in the battle, mentions, 'Thereafter the NF never again posed a serious political threat. Lewisham led directly to the formation of the Anti Nazi League (ANL) which, together with Rock Against Racism (RAR), and nowadays Love Music Hate Racism mobilised hundreds of thousands in collective expressions of solidarity between those of differing cultures and ethnic backgrounds. Organised racism was marginalised for the next quarter of a century' "

"Come and march and meet with some of the key individuals, who alongside many others, helped beat back the rise in racism and the fascists who fed off such poison.
People who played a critical role at Lewisham and some who helped form the Anti Nazi League (ANL), will recall the day the Nazis were stopped from marching and why it matters today. We'll assemble at Clifton Rise, a key location on the day.
The united front of socialists, trades unionists, Labour members... anyone against the Nazis, that was the ANL, was inspired from Lewisham. Alongside Rock Against Racism, the ANL was crucial in undercutting the then growing NF.
The ANL combined physically confronting the Nazis wherever they raised their ugly heads with powerful propaganda exposing the little Hitlers. It was a mass movement, that faced with the challenges posed by Le Pen, Golden Dawn and Jobbik, still resonates. Please share this event, invite your friends, let's celebrate the victory and ensure today's fascists are defeated."

Hosted by Unite Against Fascism
See also the commemorations being organised by Goldsmiths College - here
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 Wakefield Socialist History Group
DEMOCRACY UNCHAINED: TOWARDS A REAL DEMOCRACY MOVEMENT
Saturday 22 July 1pm at the Red Shed, Vicarage Street, Wakefield WF1 1QX.
That's "the famous Red Shed in Wakefield (as featured in the Mark Thomas play!)"

The speakers are Corinna Lotz and Paul Feldman from "A World to Win."
"A World to Win" campaigns to develop "democratic alternatives to capitalism in theory and practice" and campaigns also for People's Assemblies that can help bring about a revolutionary transition.
Also speaking is Steve Freeman from Left Unity and the Republican Socialist Alliance.  Steve will be discussing A DEMOCRATIC REVOLUTION: ANOTHER ENGLAND IS POSSIBLE.

Admission is free; free light buffet.  Plus there is a bar with excellent real ale.
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Saturday 9 September: GEORGE ORWELL AND SOCIALISM
Meetings are 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!"
Other speakers invited. If interested get in touch.
Admission to the event will be free, plus free light snacks, and there is a bar with excellent real ale.
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To come: Saturday 11 November: 
THE BOLSHEVIK REVOLUTION: ART AND REVOLUTION.
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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.
Page from A W Zurbrugg, ed. Not Our War:  Writings against the First World War. Merlin Press 2014.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

"An opportunity for historians to engage with activists"


Black Lives Matter

Thursday 6 July 2017 11am to 12.30pm
Modern British Studies Conference 2017
University of Birmingham, Arts Building, B15 2TT


Free, no need to book.

History Acts <http://www.historyacts.org/?p=93> workshops are led by activists, who give a short talk or presentation about their work. Historians working on a relevant topic will then respond, before opening it up to group discussion.

Contact:
Steffan Blayney sblayn01@mail.bbk.ac.uk  or Guy Beckett gbecke01@mail.bbk.ac.uk for more information.

Our Panel

Malachi Thomas is one of the organisers of Black Lives Matter protests in Nottingham. In November 2016 he was convicted of unlawfully obstructing a highway having used foam-filled “lock-on devices” to link himself to other activists before lying across tram lines outside Nottingham’s Theatre Royal during a “national day of action” in August.

Tippa Naphtali is the founder of 4WardEver UK and the cousin of custody death victim, Mikey Powell, from Birmingham. Established June 2006, 4WardEver provides a one-stop-resource for case profiles, news and event details, useful resources, statistics, appeals, and more in relation to deaths and abuses whilst in custody; including the death penalty, other injustices and human rights abuses in the UK and internationally.

Dr Christienna Fryar is starting as a lecturer of the history of slavery and unfree labour at the University of Liverpool this July. Previously, she spent four years as an assistant professor of history at SUNY Buffalo State. She is completing her first book, The Measure of Empire: Disaster and British Imperialism in Postemancipation Jamaica, which explores how imperial disaster politics belied contemporary popular narratives of Jamaica’s ruin in the eight decades after emancipation. Her work focuses on the history of emancipation as the history of Britain, the British Empire, and the British Commonwealth since 1800.

Dr Kennetta Perry specializes in Atlantic World history with a particular emphasis on transnational race politics, empire, migration and movements for citizenship among people of African descent in Europe, the Caribbean and the United States. Her book, London Is The Place For Me: Black Britons, Citizenship and the Politics of Race (Oxford University Press, 2015), examines how a largely Afro-Caribbean population of Black Britons advocated for citizenship rights and transformed the political landscape in Britain in the decades following World War II.

www.raphael-samuel.org.uk/events/history-acts-07-black-lives-matter/   www.historyacts.org/?p=93