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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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.

essay competition for young historians

History Matters: NWLH essay competition 2018

To encourage and develop the next generation of historians, in 2018 we are launching an essay competition for young historians (19 and under) with a £100 prize and publication in the NWLH journal.

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 42

The latest issue of our magazine - issue #42

issue 41

Issue #41 of the North West Labour History journal

Unpopular Resistance

by Alison Ronan

Events which may be of interest...

2 October at 17:15-18:45
Partisan Collective, 19 Cheetham Hill Road, Manchester M4 4FY

Greater Manchester CND is hosting a public meeting about alternatives to war.

With unstable leaders in both the US and North Korea, the Tories spending billions on a new generation of nuclear weapons and conflict raging across the Middle East, the global situation is looking bleak.

Saturday 4th November, 2017
the Old Fire Station, University of Salford, The Crescent, Salford M5 4WT

The Peace History Conference and the Working Class Movement Library present a day exploring the effects of the Russian Revolutions on the British labour and peace movements

A good read?

This is not a book for those just starting to explore the history of Chartism, but it is an interesting and informative read for those with a little background knowledge of the movement.

This is an informative and enjoyable read, reporting an exploration of the formative years of the Polytechnic Travel Agency (PTA), in the late 19th and early 20th century.

This book certainly achieves what it sets out to do: to provide a guide both for visitors to London who want to see the places in the city associated with Marx

This new history of Manchester edited by two of Manchester's leading historians, Alan Kidd and Terry Wyke