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Upcoming events

Wednesday, 29th March 2017

14:00 – 16:00

Geoff Andrews talk on James Klugmann, 'The Shadow Man'

Dr Andrews has researched and published widely on the history of political ideas and movements. His latest book The Shadow Man: at the Heart of the Cambridge Spy Circle (I.B. Tauris, 2015), explores the political commitments of those attracted to communism in Britain in the 1930s, and through the life of James Klugmann examines the conflicts of loyalties faced by communist intellectuals of the period.

This work draws on a long background in labour history and previous publications on the history of British communism and the New Left. It employed a range of different historical sources, personal archives and memoirs, and made critical use of MI5 and other security service files.

This talk is part of the Invisible Histories series - all welcome, admission free, light refreshments afterwards.

Saturday, 1st April 2017

12:00 – 20:30

Energise Festival

Celebrate low carbon, diverse and just communities at Carbon Coop's Energise Festival. A day of music, food, talks, workshops, open eco-homes, poetry, theatre, films, family friendly activities and more. Come along to be inspired, learn practical skills and have fun!

NB: Fun come rain or shine! Outdoor activities will be undercover.

Acts / Food and drink / Hands On Workshops / Family Activities / Talks / Campaigns / Films

12:00 – 15:00

Open Day - find out more about women's fight for the vote

Special showing of items from our extensive collection relating to women's fight for the vote. Drop in between 12 and 3pm to see original material from the Library and from the People's HIstory Museum.

Some of the items have been acquired recently as part of our joint Heritage Lottery Fund project Voting for Change. There's a leaflet, 'Broken windows', in which Christabel Pankhurst justifies the actions taken by the 'militant suffragists' on 1 March 1912 - when they took part in a mass window-smashing demonstration. There are a couple of novels in which women's suffrage plays a key part. Plus much more...

This is a drop in session with no need to book and a chance to get up close to these historic objects. A member of staff will be on hand with tea and discussion – neither will be compulsory.

Wednesday, 12th April 2017

14:00 – 15:00

Book launch - biography of Noah Ablett

Robert Turnbull's '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, an era of unparalleled industrial militancy in which Ablett played a leading role.

The book tells the story of Noah Ablett from his early days as a boy preacher in the Rhondda coalfield to his rise to prominence within the tight-knit coalfield communities of South Wales, and his emergence as an uncompromising agitator, not only against the coal owners but also his own union.

This talk is part of the Invisible Histories series - all welcome, admission free, light refreshments afterwards.

Wednesday, 19th April 2017

16:30 until
Wed 26 Jul 18:30

Design LAB

A fourteen-week programme designed to build confidence and develop creative skills. This is a great opportunity for young individuals to work with practicing artists and tutors in preparation for further education and employment.

Beginning April 2017. Wednesdays, 4:30-6:30pm, Marketplace Studios, Stockport. The cost of the course is £300, which equates to around £7.50 an hour.

Manchester School of Art’s Outreach team is dedicated to nourishing the creative talents of young people. Our tutors and artists will give you the opportunity to develop your confidence in working creatively and get you thinking critically about your work. You will meet other creative young people and achieve a nationally recognized qualification in the process.

Wednesday, 26th April 2017

14:00 – 15:00

Ruth Cohen talk - 'Margaret Llewelyn Davies: socialist, feminist and co-operator'

This talk explores how Margaret, an inspiring and 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 also been described as the ‘left wing’ of the co-operative movement.

This talk is part of the Invisible Histories series - all welcome, admission free, light refreshments afterwards.

Wednesday, 10th May 2017

14:00 – 15:00

Deborah Mutch talk - 'What I mean, my dear': The Woman Worker and the male voice

'The Woman Worker' began on 1 September 1907 when it was published by the National Federation of Women Workers and edited by Mary R. Macarthur. Although intended by its founder, Robert Blatchford, as the first workers'/socialist publication specifically for women, from the very first issue there was clearly going to be a tussle to have the female voice heard. This talk will discuss the amount of space given over to the male voice in this female publication, and the tone of conversation between the genders across the pages.

This talk is part of the Invisible Histories series - all welcome, admission free, light refreshments afterwards.

Saturday, 13th May 2017

09:30 – 13:30

Retrofit Advocacy: inspire your community to retrofit

IMPORTANT: this event takes place on two days: 9.30-13:30pm, Sat 13th + 20th May 2017 (as this is a two-part course you need to attend both dates)

Are you passionate about our need to reduce carbon emissions, live in warm and healthy homes and reduce fuel fuel bills? This Carbon Literarcy accredited course may be for you.

We have a big job on our hands in retrofitting the UK's housing stock. To make it work we need to motivate and inspire others in our community to think about energy efficiency when undertaking home improvement works. It sounds simple but unfortunately retrofit's not en vogue yet! This two part course will enable volunteers, students and housing professionals to confidently discuss energy efficiency and inspire others to find out more, whether on a stall at a local event, in a meeting or workshop, with a client, or friends and family.

Saturday, 20th May 2017

09:00 until
Sun 21 May 17:30

Hand Built Wind Turbine Course

Get hands-on experience and learn transferable skills in welding, wood carving, and working with magnets & resin

Learn how to build and install a Hugh Piggott wind turbine from scratch using basic materials

Experienced tutors who have been running courses building Piggott turbines since 2007

A practical fun course for all experience levels

On the course we collectively build a 1.8m diameter Hugh Piggott wind turbine. All the participants spend time working on each of the three main parts of the build (wood, metal, and electronics) rotating through the different bases on the first day. On the second day we then come together as a group to assemble the machine.

V3 Power is a workers cooperative based in Nottingham. The turbine is a robust design that can be easily repaired, maintained and serviced and is an excellent example of appropriate technology.

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