To begin the world over again: the life of Thomas Paine
Today there is the Occupy movement, back then there was Thomas Paine... This film of Ian Ruskin’s one-man play addresses a multitude of contemporary issues that challenge us today. Thomas Paine was a man who changed the face of the world through his writings. Common Sense inspired the American Revolution, Rights of Man defined the French Revolution, and The Age of Reason called on us to use our ability to reason as the basis for our beliefs and morality. This telling of the story of Paine, ‘a man who changed the world with his pen’, also inspires us to always speak the truth as one sees it, no matter the consequences’.
Free screening - with popcorn...
Talkin' 'Bout That Representation In 1969 the Representation of the People Act, which allowed people aged 18, 19 and 20 to vote in elections, was passed. During the 2014 Scottish Referendum 16 year olds were allowed to vote for the first time.
The People’s History Museum and the Working Class Movement Library want to bring together the youth of the 1960s and today’s young people to discuss all matters relating to the right to vote and youth culture. We’re holding a joint event on Friday 3 June at 2pm at the Library, as part of the Manchester Histories Festival.
Manchester Histories Festival 3-12 June 2016 Ten days of events celebrating the familiar and revealing the new and hidden histories and heritage from across Greater Manchester. Whether people would describe themselves as histories fans or not, MHF2016 will have something for everyone. manchesterhistories.co.uk
Fishing in the Dustbowl fundraising concert
The Library's second musical fundraising concert takes place on Sunday 5 June from 2-4pm in Peel Hall, University of Salford, in conjunction with the University, and features Will Kaufman, performing and talking about some of his Woody Guthrie songs, and John Conolly performing and talking about his own songs about life and work in the east coast fishing industry. This event is also part of the Manchester Histories Festival and as such we are promised a couple o f Ewan MacColl’s songs as well...
Tickets at £10 (£8 concessions) are now on sale from the University online shop at shop.salford.ac.uk - or you can pay on the door.
Conscientious objector exhibition and a repeat performance of 'No Power on Earth'There is an exhibition at the Friends Meeting
House in Manchester marking the centenary
of the introduction of conscription in 1916. Conscience and War tells the untold stories
of Manchester Quakers who resisted WW1 and
runs until Sunday 12 June, 9am-9pm Mondays
to Fridays and 9am-5pm Saturdays. It features
a textile installation by Sonja Andrew.
On Sunday 12 June a closing event will feature,
at 1pm, a Living History performance, No Power on Earth, originally commissioned
by the Library and again featuring Joel Parry
as Salford conscientious objector James
Hudson. Admission free.Friends Meeting House,
Mount Street, Manchester M2 5NS.