In the latest issue of the North West Labour History journal...
Enid Stacy 1868-1903
by Rae Street
Many women are overlooked by history. Enid Stacy, although well know in her day, has been virtually ignored by historians of the left. Enid’s story should be more widely known for many reasons.
“All work most harmoniously together”
Hyde in the cotton famine 1861-1865 by Christine Clayton
When civil war erupted in America in April 1861 the inhabitants of the small town of Hyde in Cheshire could have had no idea of the disastrous consequences it would have on their lives.
The Stockport Socialist in the Easter rising
by Robin Stocks
We had only intended to discover the truth about our relative, Liam Parr, but in the process we have uncovered the much bigger story of the part played in the Rising by the Manchester Volunteers and their friend who volunteered as part of the women’s organisation, Cumann na mBan.
Alan O’Toole Lost Historian
The Man Who Found Tressell’s Grave by Tony Wailey
Alan O’Toole was a great working class historian, but sadly we know little of his life except that he has been lost to us for more than a decade. His role in finding, clearing and publishing the fact of Robert Tressell’s grave in Liverpool in the middle 1970’s is his most well-known work, but he was also responsible for publishing other sadly unrecognised figures, lost to history, much like himself.
The Battle of Belle Vue Street Remembered
by Michael Bennett
I remember the Oswald Mosley march in 1962 very well. It was through a Jewish area in Manchester. The Manchester Evening News labelled it ‘The Battle of Belle Vue Street’
Guernica in Manchester (Re-Representation)
by Tim Dunbar
An investigation into the circumstances that surrounded the story that Guernica had been exhibited in a Manchester car showroom during the first two weeks of February in 1939.
Winifred Mabel Letts: Poet Of Romance And War
by Cynthia Greenwood
A problem for both men and women poets at the beginning of the twentieth century was that the influence of the great nineteenth century writers weighed heavy on their shoulders.
From Canada to Salford: Salford’s Forgotten Pacifist MP
The story of Alexander Wilkinson Haycock by Christine Clayton
Alexander Wilkinson Frederick Haycock was born in Cataquarui, Ontario, Canada in 1882. Forty one years later he entered the House of Commons as the Member of Parliament for Salford West. His name is now unknown in his former constituency, but his principled fight to create a better society deserves to be remembered.
Jimmy Shand, Salford and the Spanish Civil War
by Lee Richardson
The Spanish Civil War has drawn more interest in later years possibly due to the ever dwindling number of veterans who fought for the Republic, now in single digit figures. The International Brigades could be considered unique in terms of modern conflict, men of differing class and social background drawn together in the common cause of defeating fascism.
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