Friday, September 1, 2017

Autumn Listings continued

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

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NEWS FROM NOWHERE CLUB
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
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‘REFUSING TO KILL’ – BRISTOL’S WORLD WAR 1 CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTORS

FROM SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 9TH, THE REMEMBERING THE REAL WORLD WAR 1 GROUP ARE PRESENTING AN EXHIBITION ‘REFUSING TO KILL – BRISTOL’S WORLD WAR 1 CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTORS‘ IN BRISTOL CATHEDRAL ON COLLEGE GREEN.  
THE EXHIBITION WILL RUN UNTIL EARLY JANUARY. 

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.
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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.]
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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

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 





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WCML Round-up:
Working Class Movement Library
51 The Crescent
SalfordM5 4WX

Free Wednesday 2pm talks series begins again soon:-

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.

Future talks are:
11 Oct                   Sheila Cohen
The Grunwick strike - drowning in support, starving for action

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 
www.wcml.org.uk/events.

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 
https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting.
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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
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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).
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"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.
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FURTHER UPDATES FROM WCML
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.
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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.

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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.
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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.
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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
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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 
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Launch of Fair Press for Tenants
Thursday, September 14 at Media City,University of Salford, #B4 Salford Quays M50 2HE
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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
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 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!"
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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 speaking on "The Curious Case of David Swallow."
However we are also looking for additional speakers on any aspect of the history of the Yorkshire Miners. If interested get in touch.

 Saturday 11 November: THE BOLSHEVIK REVOLUTION: ART AND REVOLUTION.

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." 
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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
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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)

LA RENCONTRE DE L’AUTRE : AFRICAINS, NATIVES, AFRO-AMÉRICAINS ET ASIATIQUES EN EUROPE DANS LA GRANDE GUERRE 
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.)
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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
www.housmans.com


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


BLACK HISTORY MONTH
‘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. 
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Reminders
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.
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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 atwigandiggersfestival.org

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