In the latest issue of our journal...

The Mosley Rally

King's Hall Belle Vue, February 1933

by Bernard Rothman

THE BLACKSHIRT RALLY at King's Hall, Belle Vue in February 1933 marked a new phase in the development of bullying and intimidation by the blackshirts.

John Tocher and the limits of commitment

Geoff Brown

What follows explores Tocher’s commitments and achievements, asking why he left the Communist Party in 1976 and why it is so hard to know his reasons.

Mary Hardie Bamber 1874 – 1938

James Rees

she always has her sleeves rolled up for action – direct action for preference

Workers’ Memorial Day

by Paul Dennett

The industrial revolution transformed agricultural Britain into ‘the workshop of the world’. But in the face of technological advancement and a vast increase in the production of wealth, the changes brought had horrific consequences for the lives of many working class people.

A Mad Race for Armaments

David Hargreaves

This article looks at the events leading up to the setting up of Royal Commission on the Arms Trade in 1935, especially looking at the contributions of those from the North West active in the socialist and peace movements who campaigned against the arms trade.

Betty Tebbs: A woman with no fear of the powerful

Linda Clair remembers the friend and comrade with whom she campaigned for almost four decades

Strawberry Studios

by Eddie Little

For over twenty five years Stockport’s Strawberry Studios, opened in 1967, was one of the most important recording venues in the country. Fifty years on, the legacy of Strawberry Studios is being celebrated at Stockport Museum with a year-long exhibition of memorabilia and historic items

‘We Only Want The Earth’

A review by Stephen Rydzkowski

On a Sunday afternoon on April 2017 the North West Labour History Group went on tour, from our Salford headquarters to Manchester!

John Smethurst Interview - part 2

In April 2008, in an interview with Eddie Little, John Smethurst related his workplace experiences. These appeared in Journal 40 in 2014. In this extract John recollected his developing interest in politics and in Labour History

The ‘Real Rebels’ of the First World War

Alison Ronan

the Women’s Peace Crusade in the textile towns of East Lancashire 1917-1918
Barrow to Bristol,
Manchester to Melksham,
Accrington to Aberdeen,
Nelson to Norwich...

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The ‘Real Rebels’ of the First World War by Alison Ronan   John Smethurst Interview - part 2"We Only Want The Earth" A review by Stephen Rydzkowski   Remembering the Blanketeers Transcript of a talk given by Trevor Fisher   Strawberry Studios by Eddie Little   Betty Tebbs: A woman with no fear of the powerful by Linda Clair   A Mad Race for Armaments by David Hargreaves   Cinderella comes to Manchester by Chris Clayton   Workers’ Memorial Day by Paul Dennett   Mary Hardie Bamber 1874 – 1938 by James Rees   John Tocher and the limits of commitment by Geoff Brown   The Mosley Rally King's Hall Belle Vue, February 1933 by Bernard Rothman

Peterloo Bicentenary articles welcome

Peterloo Bicentenary

As the bicentenary of Peterloo approaches we welcome articles about Peterloo itself, but also, broadening the narrative, to include other instances of state violence, or indifference to the well-being of the mass of the population.

Calling all Budding Writers!

Do you have pet subject or a burning passion you want to write about?
The North West Labour History Society is always on the look out for new contributors.

NWLH society publications

issue 41

Issue #41 of the North West Labour History journal

Unpopular Resistance

by Alison Ronan

Issue 39

Issue #39 of the North West Labour History journal

Events which may be of interest...

22nd September at 2pm
the Meeting Room, Bolton Central Library, Le Mans Crescent, Bolton

Readings from 'A Bolton Childhood'
Free entry

'Tolerated but not accepted'
the life of Alice Foley, Trade Unionist, Suffragist and Labour Activist

A good read?

by Paul Vernadsky

The title of this book, a publication of the Alliance for Worker’s Liberty, states its central theme. Vernadsky considers the Russian Revolution of 1917 to be ‘the greatest event in political history… It was the first occasion that working-class people took political power and held it for a significant period’.

A Scottish Labour History Publication

This publication reproduces two pamphlets from the years of the Scottish Miners’ Strike. The first pamphlet published in 1985 and titled 'For as long as it takes!' Cowie in the Strike. The second pamphlet, published in 1986 and titled 'One Year On, Sacked Polmaise Miners Speak Out’ Both pamphlets were written by Steve McGrail and Vicky Patterson. The strike began in Scotland at a time of pit closures and the well-established centralised organisation of the Scottish coalfield by a Tory Government whose policy to close the mines not just in Scotland but in all of the U.K.

by Sarah Seaton

This fascinating, if grim, book researches the ways that children died [and thus by implication lived] in the period 1800 -1901. Its primary source is the reporting of publicly held inquests and court proceedings in newspapers.

Edited by Alan Kidd and Melanie Tebbutt

This book is a collection of essays in social and cultural history written for and presented to Professor Mike Rose of Manchester University.

ed. AW Zurbrugg,

This book presents extracts from five visitors to Russia in 1920 and 1921. Armando Borghi, attended the ‘Red’ Labour Union International meeting in Moscow in July 1920 representing the Italian Syndicalist Union. Returning to Italy he observed to the veteran Anarchist Errico Malatesta that ‘between us and the Bolsheviks the distance is astronomical’. Another Moscow visitor, Angel Pestana Nunez, representing the Spanish CNT, attended the newly formed Communist International. He asked ordinary Russian workers about the Factory Committee system some three years into the Revolution. Were the workers able to choose whoever they want? ‘Nothing like that’, was the reply,’ A list of names is provided by the local Soviet or by members of the Communist Party working in the factory. The list is final. Names may not be added’. Once the members of the factory committee have been designated they ’cease to be considered as workers and are considered to belong to the category of State employees.