October 2017

Wed 4 Oct 13:00 until
Fri 20 Oct 17:00

Southern Voices exhibition 'Out of the shadows: 1914-18 perspectives of colonised people'

In 2015 Southern Voices, a Manchester-based community group, received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop this exhibition exploring the role and experiences of colonised peoples of the British West Indies, Nigeria, India and German and British East Africa during World War I. We are delighted to welcome them to the Library.

The exhibition is open Wednesdays to Fridays 1-5pm, and on Saturday 7 October 10am-4pm.

This exhibition is part of the Library's celebration of Black History Month (see also our Grunwick Strike talk and our hosting of the Townsend Productions play about Grunwick), as well as continuing our theme of commemoration of World War One hidden histories.

Wed 11 Oct 14:00 – 15:00

The Grunwick strike - drowning in support, starving for action: talk by Sheila Cohen

Sheila’s talk about the seminal 1976-78 strike at the Grunwick film processing factory will focus on issues of direct versus representative democracy - the union leadership being the 'representative' side - and also the need for link-ups in workplace trade unionism in order to build and encourage solidarity.

Organisations like Labor Notes in the US and Sheila's own magazine in the 1990s, Trade Union News, show how bringing activists from across the movement together via publications, conferences and workplace union groupings can overcome sectarianism and build workplace strength.

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

It is also part of the Library's celebration of Black HIstory Month

Fri 20 Oct 19:30 until
Sat 21 Oct 21:30

'We are the lions, Mr Manager'

Townsend Theatre Productions' new play, written by Neil Gore, is premiering at the Working Class Movement Library with two performances on 20 and 21 October.

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 should be booked in advance at lineupnow.com/event/we-are-the-lions-mr-manager, price £12.50 (£9.50 early bird, £10.50 concessions).

Wed 25 Oct 14:00 – 15:00

The Co-operative Party 100 years on - a reflection by Angela Whitecross

2017 marks the centenary of the Co-operative Party. This talk will consider the formation of the party and its development through the 20th century, exploring its relationship both with the broader co-operative movement and with the Labour Party.

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

Fri 27 Oct 13:00 until
Fri 19 Jan 17:00

Voices of revolution

The world changed in 1917. A century on from the Russian Revolution, the Library's exhibition focuses on the voices of the women and men who witnessed events as they happened.

Exhibitions are open Wed-Fri 1-5pm, and the first Sat of most months 10am-4pm.