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Last updated:10 March 2015



Exhibition: Votes for women . . . or votes for ladies?

This exhibition celebrates the first step that parliament took, one hundred years ago, towards all adult women finally gaining the parliamentary franchise (right to vote). Most accounts of the campaign that led up to this achievement have been constantly misinterpreted and distorted. This account draws on the collections in...


Exhibition: Guernica remakings

A guest exhibition exploring the ongoing power of Pablo Picasso’s iconic 1937 painting Guernica through a display of 21st century reworkings from across the globe.  The exhibition marks the 80th anniversary of the extraordinary story of the showing of Picasso’s Guernica in a car showroom in Manchester.  More about Guernica Remakings at http://guernicaremakings.com. All...


LGBT History Month - Glyn Salton-Cox, 'Queer Communism'

Glyn states: ‘It is well known that many of the best-known queer writers of the 1930s were involved with Communist politics. Why, then, has there been no extended examination of this striking juncture of dissident sex and socialism?’ His talk to us explores this question, among others, aiming to...


International Women's Day event 'Remembering resistance: a century of women's protest in the North of England'

An afternoon focussed on a project bringing to life the last 100 years of women’s protest, discussing the changing nature of women’s activism and some of the more significant protest sites in the North. Remembering Resistance: a Century of Women’s Protest in the North of England is a Heritage...


Townsend Productions - Rouse, ye women

Through traditional songs and ballads, Townsend Productions reveal the story of the women chainmakers of Cradley Heath in the West Midlands.  In 1910 they began a successful ten-week strike, led by charismatic union campaigner Mary Macarthur, to more than double their earnings and establish the principle of a national...


Nicola Ashmore talk, Guernica Remakings

The curator of the Library’s current exhibition gives an illustrated talk that explores Picasso's Guernica and its remakings as a call to action, pushing back at those in power who choose to act to the detriment of civilians. This is the first in the new series of Invisible Histories talks. ...


Michael France talk: The Reform Act scrapbook, an amazing new WCML acquisition

Hear some of the fascinating stories behind a scrapbook of political cartoons by John Doyle, known as ‘HB’, from around the time of the 1832 Reform Act. This talk is part of the Heritage Lottery Fund Voting for Change project. This is part of the new series of Invisible...


Exhibition 'Sylvia and Silvio'

A guest exhibition about Sylvia Pankhurst and her companion, Silvio Corio, illustrating the lifelong activities of this couple in spearheading campaigns centred on social justice, human rights and anti-fascism. Exhibitions are open Wednesdays to Fridays 1-5pm, and the first Saturday of the month 10am-4pm.          ...


Sally Groves talk: Out on the Costa del Trico!

Sally was the Publicity Officer on the Trico Strike Committee and will talk about the 1976 21-week equal pay strike at the Trico Folberth factory in Brentford. This took place in the context of Barbara Castle’s Equal Pay Act 1970 but is still, sadly, highly relevant today. This is...


Radical Readings fundraiser: Those who were there - the people at Peterloo have their say

The Working Class Movement Library is proud to present another in its series of Radical Readings fundraising events.  Christopher Eccleston, Sheila Hancock, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Mike Joyce, Nico Mirallegro and Maxine Peake, who are all strong supporters of the Library, are booked to appear.  They will be reading accounts of...

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