Friday, 5 September 2014

Events at Working Class Movement Library

1. A reminder that our first free event of the autumn takes place on Wednesday 10 September at 2pm.
In What happened to political theatre? A personal view, script writer and director Mike Harris explores the relationship (if any) between his own work in touring theatre, radio drama, community theatre, and theatre in education from the late 1970s to the present, and ‘The Great Tradition' of committed political theatre in this country which took a recognisably modern form in the 1920s and '30s.

2. The Library will be open to mark the Heritage Open Days weekend on Saturday 13 September from 11am to 4pm.
Free 'behind the scenes' tours of the Library will take place at 11.30, 12.30, 1.30, 2.30 - pre-booking advised
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3. The 4th Wigan Diggers' Festival takes place on Saturday 13 September, from 11.00am to 9.30pm at The Wiend, Wigan, to commemorate Wigan-born Gerrard Winstanley (1609-1676) and the 17th Century "Diggers" (True Leveller) movement. It features live music, poetry and comedy, plus 40 or more food, book and other stalls and the "Occu-pie Wigan" beer tent.
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4. On Saturday 20 September the 2014 peace history lecture takes place at the Friends' Meeting House, Manchester. In No Glory in War: noble cause or capitalist adventure? John Westmoreland, Head of History, York College, will propose alternative views to challenge the inevitability of was as the means to resolve conflict.
The lecture begins at 2pm, with stalls to browse and refreshments from 1.30pm; there is also the option of a guided tour of Manchester Peace and Social Justice Trail 10.30am-12 noon. Tickets price £5 in advance, £8 on the door - email or phone 0161 273 8283.

5. A talk by Nick Mansfield, 'The buildings of rural co-operation 1830-1945', takes place at Rochdale Pioneers Museum on Wednesday 24 September at 6.30pm. Price £2.50 including refreshments - book via 01706 524920/
Rochdale Pioneers Museum, 31 Toad Lane, Rochdale OL12 0NU.

6. The Mary Quaile Club holds regular events about working class history and its relevance to contemporary politics.
Their next event will be on Saturday 27 September. This will be a rare screening of United Kingdom, written by Jim Allen. The event will begin at 1pm with an introductory talk by Andy Willis, lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Salford, followed by the screening. There will then be a discussion on the issues raised in the play.
The venue is Three Minute Theatre, Afflecks Arcade, 35-39 Oldham Street, Manchester M1 1JG. Tel 0161 834 4517. Entrance is £3, payable on the door. To reserve places, please email

7. Truce tours at IWM North - Mondays, Tuesdays and Sundays in September at 3.30pm
Join a free 20 minute Closer Look tour around the Museum reflecting on individual stories, including those who were Conscientious Objectors in the First and Second World Wars, and the idea of truce and conflict resolution and the causes and consequences of conflict.
IWM North, The Quays, Trafford Wharf Road, Manchester M17 1TZ. Admission free.

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