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February 2020

Northern Stage: The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff

February 4 - February 22
Northern Stage, Barras BridgeNE1 7RH
Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 7RH

The true story of a one man's journey from unemployment in Stockton on Tees, through the Hunger Marches of the 1930s, the mass trespass movement and the battle of Cable Street, to fighting fascism in the Spanish Civil War. Click here for details of showings and bookings.

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First Tuesday: India Gerritsen on “Memory Lingers Here”: Are Newcastle’s Monuments Sites of Collective Memory?

February 4 @ 19:00
Old George Inn, Old George Yard
Newcastle, NE1 1EZ

India Gerritson will talk about her essay that won the 2019 Sid Chaplin prize. NELH Chair John Creaby and India Gerritsen The winner of this year's Sid Chaplin prize is India Gerritsen for her essay about people's memory of Newcastle landscapes and how they affect their consciousness. India's essay: "Memory Lingers Here": Are Newcastle's Monuments Sites of Collective Memory? will be published in next year's North East History. NELH Chair John Creaby, Grahame Chaplin and India Gerritsen      …

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March 2020

First Tuesday: Peter Sagar on History of the NUT in the North East

March 3 @ 19:00
Old George Inn, Old George Yard
Newcastle, NE1 1EZ

The National Union of Teachers, founded in 1870, ceased to be on 1st January 2019, as it merged fully with the Association of Teachers and Lecturers to become a new union, the National Education Union. This seemed to be an appropriate time to write a history of the NUT in North East England, to chart its successes and its failures, how it worked independently and how it worked in tandem with the rest of the union and labour movement. The…

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April 2020

First Tuesday: Janet Allen. The Miners Strike 1984/85 – my role as newly qualified solicitor with Thompsons

April 7 @ 19:00
Old George Inn, Old George Yard
Newcastle, NE1 1EZ

In an effort to defeat the striking miners the government, judiciary and police used the law as a method of reducing the civil liberties of striking miners and their supporters by all possible means. Road blocks were employed to intercept suspected pickets. Those arrested on the picket line faced draconian bail conditions often including curfews to prevent further demonstrations. Medieval charges of riot and unlawful assembly were used against those attending the mass pickets at both Orgreave and Mansfield. Mike…

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