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A unique collection capturing the stories and struggles of ordinary people's efforts to improve their world

A unique collection capturing the stories and struggles of ordinary people's efforts to improve their world

Working people have always struggled to get their voices heard. The Working Class Movement Library records over 200 years of organising and campaigning by ordinary men and women. Our collection provides a rich insight into working people's daily lives as well as their thoughts, hopes, fears and the roles they played in the significant events of their time.

Our oldest items date from the 1760s. From the 1820s we have some of the earliest trade union documents to have survived.

We have artefacts about the Peterloo massacre of 1819 as well as fascinating insights into the lives of the Suffragettes. We have moving accounts of life on the front line in the Spanish Civil War as well as the real life stories of tradesmen and women struggling to make ends meet.

We have material on politics of all shades and come up to date with the archive of Jim Allen, the Manchester-born screenwriter who worked on Coronation Street and collaborated with film director Ken Loach.

We’re a living collection, growing all the time with fascinating donations from campaigners, activist groups and unions.

FilmThe Last Clarion House

Start Date
20th June 2018, 2:00 pm

End Date
20th June 2018, 3:00 pm

Details

Film - Socialists, Suffragists, Pacifists and Cyclists! The Last Clarion House.

This short film is a mix of oral testimonies and archive footage made by the Clapham Film Unit and local volunteers. It is a moving and profound testament to the early socialist, suffrage and pacifist pioneers in Nelson and their enduring legacy in national and local politics.

Ali Ronan will give a brief introduction to the film and the 2017 Last Clarion House project.

This is part of the Invisible Histories series of free talks. Light refreshments afterwards; all welcome.

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