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Education 4 Action Programme for the Durham Miners’ Gala 2016
8 July 2016
All meetings, unless stated otherwise will take place in the Committee Room Miner’s Hall, Redhills, Durham City. All meetings are open to everyone and are free, except where stated.
Monday 4th July: 9.30am – 3.00pm School Visit.
Tuesday 5th July: 7.00pm – 9.00pm Remembering Ruskin.
The North East Labour History Society presents a ‘First Tuesday’ event led by two formers students of Ruskin College, the home of trade union education. Rob Turnbull and Nigel Todd will reflect on their time at Ruskin and how it shaped their lives and this will be followed by a discussion that will also look to the future of working class education both at Ruskin and for the labour movement. All are welcome.
Wednesday 6th July: 9.45am – 2.30pm School Visit.
Friday 8th July: 11.00am – 4.00pm Mineworkers Around the World; taking on the giants – and winning.
This Independent Working Class Education Day School will give us all an insight into the way the Global Multinationals operate, and what we, as citizens, can do to stop their nonsense. We’ll start at 11.00, with lunch provided, and feature Elizabeth Cotton, whose co-authored book “Global Unions Global Business” is described as “the essential guide to international trade unionism” and other speakers, to be confirmed. Fee: £5.00 includes lunch, pay on the day. To book a place: email . This event will take place in the Council Chamber.
Friday 8th July: 4.00 – 6.00pm State involvement in Industrial Disputes.
Speakers from the ‘Shrewsbury 24 Campaign’ and the ‘Orgreave Truth and Justice’ Campaign’ will outline how State involvement in industrial disputes resulted in the criminaliziation of workers simply for withdrawing their labour. This event will take place in the Council Chamber. All are welcome.
Friday 8th July: 4.30pm – 5.30pm A share of a pensioner’s Christmas ‘Bonus’.
Esther Johnson and Debbie Ballin will give a presentation of their A share of a pensioner’s Christmas ‘Bonus’ research which premiered at the People’s History Museum, Manchester from December 2015 to January 2016. The exhibition is part of a larger academic research project called Echoes of Protest and was inspired by material held in the People’s History Museum archive. All are welcome.
Friday 8th July: 6.00pm – 7.30pm The Rise and Fall of the Working Class.
Selina Todd is Professor of Modern History at Oxford University and a writer who regularly contributes to the Guardian. Her work focuses on the history of working-class people, poverty, and the myth of social mobility. Her most recent book was the bestseller The People: the rise and fall of the working class 1910-2010 and this is also the title of her talk. Following Selina’s talk there will be a general discussion of the issues raised. This event will take place in the Council Chamber. All are welcome.
Friday 8th July: 7.30pm – 9.00pm The Preview of the film of the ‘Heroes’ Concert.
Sunday March 6th 2016 marked the thirtieth anniversary of an historic concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall. The Concert for Heroes was held to launch the Heroes Album, a compilation album of tracks donated by local and nationally known musicians. The album was to raise funds for the miners sacked in the bitter dispute of 1984-5. The Concert was filmed, but the cost of editing back in those days was prohibitively expensive, so it was sadly never seen. However, the film has now been transferred to a digital format, and includes interviews with some of the surviving participants. This event will take place in the Council Chamber. All are welcome.