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Explore the past, change the future – get up close to historic activist material at the Working Class Movement Library

Submitted by on October 7, 2014 – 9:42 amNo Comment

Here’s a message for activists and campaigners from our friends at Salford’s Working Class Movement Library:

Fighting for a better world?

Wednesdays 15, 22, 29  October, 6.30-8pm

Come along and spend three evenings exploring what you’ve got in common with campaigners in the past.  You’re invited to a series of three free talks, plus time to read and debate, in one of the most unusual libraries in the world. The Working Class Movement Library exists to tell the story of people’s fight for a better world. This is not dreary politics, grey men in grey suits telling half truths. It’s a place of ideas, of questions and of demands. The collection covers everything from working life to political life, to union life, to sporting life. It’s full of stuff to inspire you to investigate, and to spur you on to participate.
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15 Oct – Mike Luft, long-term activist in many causes including Oldham United Against Racism, reflects on the Library’s anti-fascist holdings, from the 1930s struggle against the British Union of Fascists to the 1970s fight against the National Front, and their application to today’s anti-racist and anti-fascist campaigns

22 Oct – Kevin Morgan, Manchester University history professor, features firebrands like Thomas Paine from the late 1700s and Alf Purcell, ‘the Arthur Scargill of the 1920s’, to consider the power of internationalist and anti-war arguments across the last 200 years and their relevance still today

29 Oct – Jen Morgan, adviser on historical context to last year’s Masque of Anarchy performed by Maxine Peake, debates Percy Shelley and the British Left. Shelley’s poetry has been linked to leftist movements from Peterloo and the Chartists to Occupy. Can this continue now that he is a resource for the right too?

Here’s what some recent visitors have said about the Library -

The collection is outstanding, the people are really special, and the atmosphere is wonderful.

It is a wonderful resource to have in our area. An excellent reminder of where most of us came from.

Hope + action. I’m in

Sign up for the series at enquiries@wcml.org.uk – there are only 12 places so book yourself one today. It’s free, including a brew.

Working Class Movement Library, 51 The Crescent, Salford M5 4WX  (easy to get to from town by bus or train)  0161 736 3601  www.wcml.org.uk   @wcmlibrary

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