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Last updated:10 March 2015



Exhibition: The power of unity - 150 years of the TUC

In 1868 at the Mechanics' Institute in Manchester a meeting took place that became the first successful attempt to bring together the trades unions. This exhibition celebrates 150 years of the Trades Union Congress and looks at the continuing need for unions now. An accompanying booklet is available for...


The war and the workers: the labour movement and the home front during the First World War

Talk by David Swift. The First World War brought with it many trials for the working men and women of Great Britain: from food prices to rent increases, disability and bereavement, the war exacerbated existing difficulties and created fresh challenges. Nonetheless the labour movement, under the auspices of the...


Jill Liddington 'One hand tied behind us' - 40 years on

The Library is delighted to welcome Jill Liddington to mark the 40th anniversary of the publication of suffrage classic One Hand Tied Behind Us. It is a tribute to the support of Library founders Eddie and Ruth Frow for the research of Jill and her co-author Jill Norris.  The...


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...


Anne Scargill in conversation with Maxine Peake

Coinciding with Maxine's new play Queens of the Coal Age at Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre, we are very pleased to welcome Anne Scargill talking to her about the Parkside Pit occupation of 1993. More details to follow.


Invisible Histories digitisation project - Seeing the hidden, hearing the unheard

A finale event to celebrate a Salford University-funded digitisation project which – thanks to student involvement - will open up the Library’s unique Spanish Civil War collection to a vastly wider audience.