Programme for March 2014

Wonder Women Festival

Wonder Women Festival

I will be doing a number of  walks in March as part of the Wonder Women Festival (1-30 March) and also the Manchester Histories Festival (21-30 March). I will also be giving a talk on Saturday 29 March as part of the Manchester Histories Festival

Booking ahead for walks  is strongly advised as places are limited.

Saturday 1 March, 11am
“Up Then Brave Women” Manchester’s Radical Women. £6/5.
meet at Co-operative Bank, Corporation Street.

This walk will look at the role of women in Manchester’s radical movements including the Owenite feminists, Socialist women, Mary and Lizzy Burns, women writers on the Manchester Guardian, Mrs Gaskell, the Manchester Society of Women Artists and women councillors. (part of Wonder Women)

Sunday 16th March, 11am
” Manchester First in the Fight”. Votes for Women 1866-1928 £6/£5
meet at Friends Meeting House, Mount Street

This walk will tell the story of the campaign for “Votes for Women” in which Manchester played a major role. We will encounter the leading figures of the suffragist and suffragette movement including Lydia Becker, Esther Roper, Eva Gore-Booth, Annie Kenney, Hannah Mitchell and the Pankhurst family. (part of Wonder Women Festival)

Saturday 22 March, 11am
“there is no such city as Manchester” Manchester in Fiction £6/5.
meet at Friends Meeting House, Mount Street

This walk will explore Manchester as portrayed in novels by writers such as Howard Spring, Livi Michael, Robert Blatchford, Mrs Ward, Mrs Gaskell, Mrs Banks, Millie Toole and others. (part of Manchester Histories Festival)

Sunday 23 March, 11am
Radical Salford £6/5.
meet outside Black Lion pub, corner of Chapel Street and Blackfriars Street

This walk will include the Flat Iron Market, the General Strike of 1842, vegetarian Christians, Salford’s first birth control clinic, Chartists, early Socialists, and the disturbances in Bexley Square in 1931. (part of Manchester Histories Festival)

Saturday 29 March
Friends Meeting House,  Mount Street   11am
I will be giving a talk  in the Friends on the visits of black American political activists to Manchester includng Charles Lennox Remond, Sarah Parker Remond, Ada Wright and Malcolm X.  (part of Manchester Histories Festival)

Sunday 30 March, 11am
Radical Ashton-under-Lyne £6/5.
meet at Town Hall steps, Market Square

This walk will explore a number of episodes in Ashton-under-Lyne’s radical past, including the political career of socialist and suffragette Hannah Mitchell, the Chartist Rising of 1848, the Bread Riot of 1863, the Anti-Irish Riot of 1868 and the formation of the Co-operative movement. (part of Manchester Histories Festival)

Women’s History Conference 23 November 2013

Women’s History Conference

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23 November 2013   10.30am – 5pm

Three Minute Theatre, Afflecks Arcade,Oldham Street,  Manchester M1 1JG

£10/£5 (payable on the day)

 Registration 10.00 am – 10.30am

Morning Session 10.30am – 1pm

Women, Politics and Music Claire Mooney and Alice Nutter

Women as Political Activists (1)

Sonja Tiernan – Delia Larkin and Women in the 1913 Dublin Lockout

Michael Herbert – Sarah Parker Remond, Black American Anti- Slavery Lecturer

Lunch 1pm – 2pm (not included)

Afternoon Session 2pm – 5pm

Women as Political Activists (2)

Alan Fowler – Alice Foley: Weaver, socialist and trade unionist

Rae Street and Nick Wilding  – Enid Stacy: Socialist, Feminist,
Campaigner and Clarion Vanner

Panel Discussion on Socialism and Feminism

Speakers:  Lindsey German and Louise Raw

This conference  has been organised by the North West Labour History Society

More information: http://workershistory.wordpress.com

Walks Programme for October 2013

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Saturday 19 October 2013,  Northern Quarter Walk

meet at 10.45am outside Three Minute Theatre, Afflecks Arcade,  Oldham Street , Manchester M1 1AG

The walk will explore the fascinating radical history of the Northern Quarter, including  riots between Catholics  and Protestants, suffragettes,  Chartists,   teetotal marches, radical  printers,  Fenians and much more.

£6.00/5.00

more information and booking, email : redflagwalks@gmail.com

Programme for September 2013

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Saturday 14 September 1pm

Dr Marx and Mr Engels

 Meeting point: Oxford Road station

 The writings  of Kark Marx and Frederick Engels on  philosophy, history  and politics had a  major influence on the C19th and C20th thought.  Engels lived in Manchester for 20 years, whilst  his friend  Karl  Marx was a regular visitor to the city. This walk will  visit  sites associated with both men,  including Little Ireland, the Owenite Hall of Science, the Royal Exchange and Chethams Library. We will also discover the truth about Engels’ secret  life in Manchester

£6.00/£5.00

Walks Programme for August 2013

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Saturday  17 August,  11.45am   The Story of the Peterloo Massacre, 1819

Meeting point:  Friends Meeting House, Mount Street

On 16 August 1819 an unarmed, peaceful crowd,  gathered  in the centre of Manchester to demand  basic political rights,  was attacked by the military, resulting in  many deaths and injuries. This walk will explore the political and historical  background and   trace the events on the day.  £6/£5

Saturday  24 August, 11.30am Radical  Manchester : Reform, Riots and Revolution

Meeting point: Cooperative  Bank, corner of Balloon Street and Corporation street

This walk is an  introduction to Manchester‘s radical history and will include the Co-operative movement, the Clarion newspaper, Marx and Engels, the Siege of Manchester, the Manchester Guardian, the Jacobite risings, the radicals of the 1790s, the American Civil War and the Cotton Famine, the International Brigade,  and riots in Albert Square. £6/£5

Advance booking recommended : redflagwalks@gmail.com.

 

Walks Programme for July 2013

This month marks the centenary of the Women’s Pilgrimage in July 1913, organised by the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies, whose President was Mrs Fawcwett. It began in Carlisle and went south towards London with  feeder marches from other parts of the country joining in. The Manchester contingent set out from Albert Square on 5 July. On 26 July,  at the end of the pilgrimage, a mass meeting was held in Hyde Park, attended by many thousands.  I will be doing two  walks on women’s history this month.  Places can be reserved in advance  by emailing : redflagwalks@gmail.com

Saturday 13 July  1.45 pm

“Manchester First in the Fight”: Votes for Women, 1866 – 1928

Meeting point: Friends Meeting House, Mount Street

This  walk  will tell the story of the campaign for “Votes for Women” in which  Manchester played a major role. We will  encounter a number of the leading figures  of  the suffragist and suffragette  movement including Lydia Becker, Esther Roper, Teresa Billington,  Eva Gore-Booth, Nellie Keenan, Annie Kenney, Mabel Capper, Annot Robinson,   Hannah Mitchell and  the Pankhurst family.

£6/£5.

Sunday 14 July, 11.30am

“Up Then Brave Women”: Manchester’s radical  women

Meeting point: Co-operative Bank, Corporation Street.

This walk will look at the role of women  in Manchester’s radical  movements include Co-operative  Women’s Guild, Socialist women, Mary and Lizzy Burns, women writers on the Manchester Guardian,  Mrs Gaskell,  the Manchester Society of Women Artists  and  women at Peterloo.

It  is taking place in partnership  with the equals project, organised by the Blankmedia Collective. equals will explore feminism through art and conversation. It will run from 11th to 28th July and include an art exhibition, a book and a number of other events. It is curated by Nathalie Boobis and Anne Marie Kershaw.  For  details of the full programme, please  go to their website

£6/£5

Filming  with the Culture show on 3 June 2013

the 3Ms -  Miranda, Michael and Maxine

the 3Ms – Miranda, Michael and Maxine

I spent an  afternoon on 3 June  filming  for the  BBC2 programme  The Culture Show  with Miranda Sawyer,  who presents the show, and the actress, Maxine Peake.  The programme is preparing  a feature to be broadcast  in July about the Manchester International Festival in which  Maxine will be performing Shelley’s poem The Masque of  Anarchy. This is a lengthy poem,   which  he wrote in response to the news of Peterloo.

I took Miranda and Maxine on a radical  history walk in the city centre, visiting the Mechanics Institute, Little Ireland and Free Trade Hall.  Miranda and Maxine talked about some of their memories of  Manchester, Miranda  growing  up in Wilmslow and Maxine in Bolton.  It was very enjoyable afternoon, and, for once, the sun was shining..It is to be broadcast on 17 July.

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My new book “Up Then Brave Women” : Manchester’s Radical  Women 1819-1918  was published in October 2012 by the North West Labour History Society

The book is on sale in the Rochdale Pioneers Museum, Peoples History Museum, Three  Minute Theatre,  Cornerhouse bookshop, Portico Library,  Working Class Movement Library, News from Nowhere, Liverpool and Bookmarks, London.

It can be ordered in the post for £9.95 from Pat Bowker, 1 Bedford Road, Salford M30 9LA. Cheques payable to North West Labour History Group.

It can ordered online from Naomi Symes Books http://www.naomisymes.com

Programme for June 2013

No walks this month, but I am giving two talks as follows:

Thursday 20 June 6.30pm

Feminists in the early Co-operative Movement

Venue: Rochdale Pioneers Museum, 31 Toad Lane, Rochdale

More information here

Saturday 22 June, 11am

Votes for Women!

Venue: Charles Roe House, Chestergate, Macclesfield.

This is an event in the Barnaby Festival. More information here

Other events happening locally…

Monday 17 June, Working Class Movement Library

Launch event with Louise Purbrick for Dave Hann’s book Physical Resistance: Or, A Hundred Years of Anti-Fascism. More information here

Library Theatre production,  Manchester Sound: the Massacre

8 June – 6 July

In an underground club in Manchester, two groups of idealists meet. Both are looking for utopia, or, at the very least, something like euphoria. Both are being hounded by the law. And both are hoping for the night of their lives. They just happen to come from different centuries…

This unique production brings the changing face of protest in our radical city vividly to life – from the Peterloo Massacre of 1819 to the late 80s acid house scene, through to today. Cultures clash as fateful protest meets party central in a rich mix of tunes and ecstasy, life-changing conversations and powerful images.

Manchester Sound: The Massacre, staged in a secret city centre venue, takes you deep into the world of the illegal rave parties of Manchester’s second Summer of Love. Melding eye-witness accounts of Peterloo with the experiences of acid house party veterans, it’s a dynamic finale to the Library Theatre Company’s programme

More information here

Filming  with the Culture show, 3 June 2013

the 3Ms -  Miranda, Michael and Maxine

the 3Ms – Miranda, Michael and Maxine

I spent yesterday afternoon filming  for the  BBC2 programme  The Culture Show  with Miranda Sawyer,  who presents the show, and the actress, Maxine Peake.  The programme is preparing  a feature to be broadcast  in July about the Manchester International Festival in which  Maxine will be performing Shelley’s poem The Masque of  Anarchy. This is a lengthy poem,   which  he wrote in response to the news of Peterloo.

I took Miranda and Maxine on a radical  history walk in the city centre, visiting the Mechanics Institute, Little Ireland and Free Trade Hall.  Miranda and Maxine talked about some of their memories of  Manchester, Miranda  growing  up in Wilmslow and Maxine in Bolton.  It was very enjoyable afternoon, and, for once, the sun was shining..

Peterloo and the Hacienda will be recalled in the Library Theatre production,  Manchester Sound: The Massacre, which starts this Saturday 8 June.

More information  about Red Flag walks : redflagwalks@gmail.com.

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My new book “Up Then Brave Women” : Manchester’s Radical  Women 1819-1918  was published in October 2012 by the North West Labour History Society

The book is on sale in the Rochdale Pioneers Museum, Peoples History Museum, Three  Minute Theatre,  Cornerhouse bookshop, Portico Library,  Working Class Movement Library, News from Nowhere, Liverpool and Bookmarks, London.

It can be ordered in the post for £9.95 from Pat Bowker, 1 Bedford Road, Salford M30 9LA. Cheques payable to North West Labour History Group.

It can ordered online from Naomi Symes Books http://www.naomisymes.com