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Last updated:10 March 2015

Events

27
Oct

Voices of revolution

The world changed in 1917. A century on from the Russian Revolution, this 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.  

17
Jan

Film screening Red October: Revolution in Russia

We mark the last week of our Voices of revolution exhibition with a film screening.  With rare archive footage, this documentary film marks 100 years since the Russian Revolution - exploring the history of the revolution, its impact in Britain, its cultural legacy and its reach worldwide with leading historians,...

24
Jan

Exhibition: The Tolpuddle Martyrs in print

As well as detailing the history and impact of the Tolpuddle Martyrs, this travelling exhibition from the Marx Memorial Library also features contemporary newspaper reporting, some of it not seen in public for almost 200 years. The exhibition is open Wed-Fri 1-5pm, and Saturday 3 February 10am-4pm.

27
Jan

"The world is my country": a celebration of the life and writings of Thomas Paine, "the most valuable Englishman ever"

In the 1820s radical  groups in Manchester and elsewhere celebrated the birthday of Thomas Paine. At this event we will be reviving the custom and highlighting Paine’s ideas in works such as Common sense, The rights of man and The age of reason, which were enormously influential in the...

17
Feb

LGBT History Month - How Arena 3 saved my life

The arrival of the very first lesbian newsletter, Arena 3, in 1964 was a quiet revolution. A talk by writer and researcher Jane Traies explores its impact through the oral testimonies of older lesbians whose lives were changed by this new contact with other women like themselves.   Plus,...

21
Feb

Exhibition 'Labour's special relationship: connections between the British and American labour movements from the nineteenth century until today'

A travelling exhibition from the TUC Library will explore one of the most important – and yet one of the least examined – parts of the international workers’ movement. Exhibitions are open Wed-Fri 1-5pm, and the first Sat of most months 10am-4pm.

03
Mar

International Women's Day/Wonder Women event - Lynx Theatre's play Sylvia

We mark International Women's Day, and the centenary of (some) women getting the vote, with a play by Lynx Theatre about Sylvia Pankhurst, who has been called “the greatest Englishwoman of the twentieth century”.  She trained as an artist, but when her mother and sister founded the Women’s Social...

07
Mar

The Acting Class - documentary screening

This is not a film about acting; it’s about the lack of working class representation on our stages and our screens.  Struggling actors outline the difficulties they face when they don’t have the resources to get into the industry, and actors including Chris Eccleston, Julie Hesmondhalgh and Maxine Peake...

10
Mar

"Any help possible will be given": the work of the Manchester and Salford Women's Trade Union Council 1895-1919

This event will celebrate the deposit at the Library of the original handwritten minutes of the Manchester and Salford Women's Trade Union Council (MSWTUC) by the Mary Quaile Club, which came across them during research into the life of Mary Quaile, an organiser for the Council 1911-1919. They are...

14
Mar

A tale of two Red Helens

Paula Moorhouse will compare and contrast the lives of Helen Macfarlane, who made the first translations from the original German of the Communist Manifesto and the writings of Hegel, and Helen Crawfurd, suffragist, peace campaigner, communist and organiser in the East End of Glasgow. Paula is a member of...

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