The Working Class Movement Library’s popular free Wednesday 2pm talks start up again in September, as part of a packed autumn programme of events 

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.

27 Sept: Could Salford produce another Shelagh Delaney? – round table discussion.

Join Shelagh’s daughter Charlotte, biographer Selina Todd and MaD Theatre Company to discuss whether opportunities exist for young working class women to find a voice almost 60 years after A Taste of Honey first appeared.

11 Oct : Sheila Cohen The Grunwick strike – drowning in support, starving for action.

Sheila will talk about the seminal 1976-78 strike at the Grunwick film processing factory

25 Oct : Angela Whitecross The Co-operative Party 100 years on – a reflection.

Marking the party’s centenary, this talk will consider its formation and its development through the 20th century.

8 Nov: Andy Clark The occupation of the factories – women’s resistance to factory closure in Scotland, 1981-82.

Andy will discuss his research into the wave of factory occupations launched by women in the early ‘80s.

22 Nov: Cathy Hunt Brave hearts and missionary zeal – the National Federation of Women Workers 1906-21.

Endemic low pay, deductions and fines, intimidation and insecurity – some of the things women across Britain faced at work in the early 20th century…

6 Dec: Neil Faulkner A people’s history of the Russian Revolution.

In his new book Neil sets out to show how a mass movement of millions, organised in democratic assemblies, mobilised for militant action, and destroyed a regime of landlords, profiteers and warmongers. This talk runs alongside the Library’s new exhibition, Voices of revolution, which opens on 27 October.


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