Dennis Skinner MP on The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists…
"Robert Tressell is responsible for one of the most important books about the working class. He produced a work of art when he wrote The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists. It characterised class divisions at a time of extreme poverty and mass unemployment but its message lives on today in Britain…
"Manufacturing base shattered - pits, textile mills, steel industry, shipbuilding and the rest almost gone. Now, at a time when trades unions are shackled, the Tory and LibDem coalition are hell-bent on an ideological war on workers.
"Robert Tressell did not only write a book for the last century - its powerful message resonates today in almost every facet of working class life. Celebrate his life and his work but act upon the book's message and fight back."
Robert Tressell's The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists was a novel that inspired would-be activists and that lost breed of conviction politicians all over the world. Now, to commemorate his centenary, the Manchester Trades Union Council has organised an exhibition of Tressell's work, plus manuscripts and documents from The Robert Tressell Family Papers.
There's also going to be talks, workshops, debates and events associated with the exhibition. Watch this space…
Robert Tressell Centenary Exhibition
Working Class Movement Library until March 10th
51 The Crescent Salford M5 4WX (big black and white building opp Salford Museum).
The exhibition is open to the public Wed-Fri afternoons
Further details: 0161 736 3601 www.wcml.org.uk