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Last updated:29 May 2015

History soundbites

Listen to our collection brought to life

With thanks to James Quinn and Maxine Peake who have kindly made these recordings.

Learning Luddites image : Section of Luddite cartoon held at the Library Luddism
Luddism

Listen to the poem 'The Burning of Westhoughton Cotton Mill, 1812' 

Peterloo : Section from 'Manchester Heroes' picture, 1819.

Peterloo: what actually happened?
Listen to evidence of radical Samuel Bamford, describing the events as he experienced them  
 
Peterloo: what actually happened?

Listen to evidence given by William Jolliffe, who was in the cavalry on the day 

Chartism 

Why should all men have the vote? Listen to this powerful speech, 1839

 

 
Why should Women support the male vote? 

Listen to this energetic speech, 1839 

Women's SuffrageFree speech cartoon : Free speech cartoon as featured in Votes for Women, 1913
What was it like to be a campaigner?
Listen to an extract from 'The Autobiography of Hannah Mitchell, Suffragette and Rebel' 
 
Why should women not have the vote?

Listen to this satirical poem

Trade UnionsGeneral Strike, Manchester 1926 : Manchester General Strike 1926, photo held in library.
In 1911, the General Strike in Salford brought Manchester to a stand-still.
Listen to this extract read from the Labour Leader newspaper   
 
In 1911, the General Strike in Salford brought Manchester to a stand-still. 

'Solidarity' -How the strike brought workers together. Extract from the 1911 Labour Leader

 
In 1911, the General Strike in Salford brought Manchester to a stand-still. 
Hear how Tom Mann inspired people, by his involvement in the strike

 

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