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Last updated:10 March 2015



Cover up and collusion: understanding the tragic history of asbestos

Marking Workers’ Memorial Day, a talk by Geofrey Tweedale.  The devastating legacy of asbestos will be with us for many years to come; yet the dangers of the mineral have been recognised for over a century.  The historical record shows that for decades government, industry, and medicine endorsed the...


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. And on Thursday 17 May  from...


Film - Liverpool Labour Police Striker, the William Smith Story

Liverpool Labour Police Striker - the William Smith Story A short film with Q&A with Director Simon Partridge   Pieced together through extensive research, this short independent film tells  about Liverpool in the 1920s and particularly the events around the 1919 police strike, in which 954 policemen were sacked when...


Ninth annual Frow Lecture

The ninth annual Frow Lecture, in honour of the Library's founders, will be given by Shirin Hirsch, Research Fellow in History, University of Wolverhampton, and is entitled In the shadow of Enoch Powell: race, class and resistance. It is fifty years since Enoch Powell made his ‘Rivers of Blood’...


Salford University - Animating the Archives

Students from the University’s School of Arts and Media take over the Library space with theatre performances and presentations inspired by archival materials.  Drop in; admission free; all welcome.


TUC@150 - past, present and future

A celebratory event alongside our exhibition about the TUC at 150, with TUC Regional Secretary Lynn Collins and Clare Coatman from the TUC ‘reaching out to young workers’ project talking about the future of unions.  Join us for discussion and cake!


Capturing the heritage of the workers' co-operative movement, 1970s-1990s

Talk by Philippa Lewis. The 1970s-1990s saw a wave of new workers’ co-operatives set up. These were businesses owned and controlled by the workers, with an emphasis on fairness and shared decision making. Although developing partially from the older UK co-operative productive societies, this period of workers’ co-operatives is...


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

Join us to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the publication of this suffrage classic, in tribute to the Frows’ support for the research of Jill Liddington and Jill Norris, and to mark Vote 100. Admission free; more details to follow.


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...

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