Virtually everything radical started in Manchester and Salford, and that heritage is not being forgotten as Red Flag History Walks launches its autumn programme, starting this Wednesday at 2pm, and led by local radical history expert, author and Working Class Movement Library Trustee, Michael Herbert…
Riots, Rebellions and Revolutions explore sites in Manchester connected with the Co-operative Movement, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, the Siege of Manchester, Peterloo, Chartism, the 1745 Jacobite rebellion – and that;s just for starters!
This walk is followed a week later (26th) by one entitled, `Up Then Brave Women' strolling around sites connected with the radical women's movements including trade unionism, the Clarion newspaper, Votes for Women and the Manchester Guardian.
Both walks last two hours and cost £6/£5 concessions. Meet at the Robert Own Statue, by the Co-op Bank on Corporation Street, Manchester. Further details firstname.lastname@example.org
The Working Class Movement Library's autumn talks begin this Wednesday 19th October at 6:30pm with Malcolm X, `visits abroad' by Marika Sherwood. This covers the radical black leader's visit to Britain in 1964, including a recreation of his address to a meeting in Manchester.
The Library's popular afternoon series of free talks, Invisible Histories, which happen every Wednesday at 2pm, kick off on 9th November with Safety In Numbers: Life In Prestwich Asylum in 1900 by Alison Gill and Helen Ostell. It looks at strange life and situation behind the confines of the Prestwich gates which we're sure will reveal some truly horrendous stories.
This is followed on Wednesday 16th November with Counterpower by Tim Gee. Ironically, co-hosted with the University of Salford, this talk looks at the power the `have-nots' can use to resist the power of the `haves', from revolutions in the 18th century to the Arab Spring of this year. Perhaps the University's staff unions might like to attend.
Wednesday 30th November, sees George McKay, a professor of Cultural Studies at Salford University, talk about his new book, Radical gardening; politics, idealism and rebellion in the garden. We do hope he'll be mentioning Salford University's new plans to build in Peel Park…
For further details of the Working Class Movement Library talks and directions of how to get there see www.wcml.org.uk
Engels graphic by Matt Carroll for Salford Star