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Upcoming events

Monday, 5th September 2016

19:00 – 21:00

Manchester Palestine Action Group Meeting

Manchester Palestine Action is a network of people in Manchester taking creative action against Israeli apartheid through BDS and other effective, participatory Palestine solidarity work.

This is our monthly planning meeting, all friends of Palestine welcome!

Saturday, 10th September 2016

10:00 – 13:00

Community Energy Fortnight Social

Celebrate Community Energy Fortnight by finding out how you can take local, collective action on climate change, together with like-minded individuals. Find out about Carbon Co-op's work, meet out members and share experiences. Also, meet up for a tour of Superhomes houses open in the local area.

Attendance free - venue will be an accessible cafe in South/Central Manchester.

Book here:

Wednesday, 14th September 2016

14:00 – 15:00

Pit props: music, international solidarity and the 1984/85 miners' strike

Talk by Granville Williams.

A new book from the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom, edited by Granville, marks the end of an era in coal mining in the UK and highlights how the year-long struggle by the miners in defence of jobs and communities still resonates today. It focuses on the vital creative links between music, politics and protest which grew up during the strike, and on the flood of international support - money, food, toys, clothes, toiletries as well as holidays abroad - which sustained the miners and their families during that year of struggle. It also covers the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign, and the current and future consequences of the lack of a coherent energy policy.

This free talk is part of our autumn Invisible Histories series. All welcome.

Saturday, 17th September 2016

09:30 – 16:00

Radical women, 1880-1914 - conference

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. Radical women had a significant effect on working class industrial power as the London matchgirls' strike of 1888 sparked the rise of New Unionism, which combined socialism with trade unionism. The co-operative movement and syndicalists also benefitted from the hard work and determination of female members. Not all was harmonious, though, as demands for the vote and gender equality were met by the benign patriarchy of socialists such as Blatchford, the overt misogyny of Ernest Belfort Bax and ‘Tattler’ as well as the industrial gender-conservatism of male trade unions.

Conference Fee: £20 waged; £7.50 unwaged.

Places must be reserved and paid for in advance. Please email Royston Futter,

Wednesday, 28th September 2016

All day until
Fri 23 Dec

'We Only Want the Earth' - exhibition about James Connolly

On the centenary of the Easter rising, a WCML exhibition explores 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.

Exhibition open Wednesdays-Fridays 1-5pm and the first Sat of the month 10am-4pm. Admission free.

14:00 – 15:00

Talk, 'The Olimpiada Popular of 1936 and the worker sport movement in the inter-war years'

Talk by Ray Physick.

Organisations linked to the international worker sport movement responded to an invitation from the Comité Organizador de la Olimpiada Popular (COOP) to take part in an alternative Olympics, the Olimpiada Popular, in Barcelona in July 1936. It is estimated that some 10,000 athletes and 25,000 visitors were in Barcelona to celebrate the Olimpiada. But following the fascist rising in Spain that month the Games had to be abandoned despite attempts by the organisers to go ahead with a truncated programme.

This free talk is part of our autumn Invisible Histories series. All welcome.

Saturday, 1st October 2016

14:30 – 16:00

Talk on Where Will I Get My Apples?

Democracy, production and distribution in a socialist world

In a moneyless democracy would we work gladly, freed from wage labour, or would everything be done by robots? Would we live in a world of frugality or luxury? Would democracy be in committees, or would it be automatic? And where would I get my apples?

To get the discussion started, the speaker will make a rash guess at how things might be.

Tuesday, 4th October 2016

14:00 – 15:00

Black History Month talk - Lou Kushnick

'Race, racism and the working class struggle' - talk by Lou Kushnick, founder of the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre.
Admission free.

Wednesday, 12th October 2016

13:00 – 14:00

Protests and public space in Lancashire and Yorkshire in the age of radicals and the Chartists, 1789-1848

Talk by Katrina Navickas, Univesrity of Hertfordshire.

This talk examines how radicals and Chartists in early 19th century Lancashire and Yorkshire contested restrictions on their right to meet and speak in public spaces. It also showcases an exciting new 3D visualisation of a Chartist procession in 1840s Manchester.

This free talk is part of our autumn Invisible Histories series. All welcome.

Wednesday, 26th October 2016

14:00 – 15:00

"Organise, educate and agitate": trade unionism and office workers in Britain, 1914-39

Talk by Nicole Robertson, Sheffield Hallam University.

The rising prominence of the clerical sector was one of the most important changes in the twentieth century workplace. As organisations grew larger and more complex the need for greater communication and documentation transformed office work. Clerical workers became a key component of cityscapes and urban communities. Trade unionism during the 1914-39 period is often associated with manual workers; however, office workers were engaged in trade union activity. This talk explores how these white-collar workers challenged, resisted and negotiated their working conditions through clerical unions.

This free talk is part of our autumn Invisible Histories series. All welcome.

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