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September 2018

The Great Joe Wilson, The Bard of Tyneside: Performances around North East Venues 6 to 15 September

September 6 - September 15
Various North East Venues

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North East Labour History Society AGM. Speaker, Hilary Wainwright will talk about The Past is Before Us: Experiences from Tyneside in the 1970s

September 11 @ 19:00
North East Mining Institute, Neville Hall, Westgate Road
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SE

Hilary Wainwright - Editor, Red Pepper Hilary Wainwright is a longstanding political activist, writer and editor of Red Pepper. She lived on Tyneside in the 1970s and was actively engaged with the Socialist Centre and local trade unions. In particular, Hilary was engaged with a ‘new unionism’ that focussed on workers plans as alternatives to capitalist business. She co-authored (with Huw Beynon) the Workers’ Report on Vickers. Hilary will talk about this history of activism but relate it to our…

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Tyneside Cinema. Special Showing of Mike Leigh’s Peterloo, Introduction by Dr John Charlton

September 14 @ 08:00 - 17:00

We are pleased to announce that the Tyneside Cinema is showing Mike Leigh’s new film ‘Peterloo’ with an introduction by Society Committee member John Charlton on Saturday 3 November at 3.00pm. You can book your seats at https://www.tynesidecinema.co.uk/film-and-events/view/peterloo John’s article about the great Town Moor demonstration against the massacre, ‘1819: Waterloo, Peterloo and Newcastle Town Moor’ was published in North East History in 2008 and we are hoping to reproduce it for sale at this event.

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Newcastle Lit and Phil: Joseph Cowen and Tyneside Society, speaker Bill Lancaster

September 19 @ 18:00
The Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Road
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SE United Kingdom

Bill Lancaster will explore the different sides of Joseph Cowen including his many paradoxes: a republican who was a strong advocate of empire and imperialism; a capitalist who spent his life advocating working-class interests; and a liberal politician who was a founding member of what soon became Britain’s first Marxist political party. He will compare Cowen and his near contemporary W. T. Stead; a fellow Tynesider, world famous journalist and moral commentator. Both had strong views on working class life…

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October 2018

First Tuesday: Dave Harker will talk about Billy Purvis, the First Professional Geordie

October 2 @ 19:00
Old George Inn, Old George Yard
Newcastle, NE1 1EZ

Billy who? Sadly, that's the response from most people when Billy Purvis' name is mentioned, and it’s an indictment of the London-centric education system, because Billy's influence is an integral part of what gives us Geordies our distinctive identity. Despite being the very first ‘professional Geordie’, Billy was born outside North East England. He arrived in the world in Scotland in 1784, but his family moved to Newcastle in 1786 and lived on the Quayside. From 1819, all over the…

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Chester-le-Street: Discussion on “Media Bias and the Labour Movement” including a history of ‘fake news’ with Dr Keith Hussein

October 5 @ 19:00
Cornerstones, Market Place
Chester-le-Street, DH3 3TF

Organised by North Durham CLP, all welcome!

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Heaton, Newcastle: Black History Month Event

October 6 @ 16:00 - 19:00
Ste Theresa’s Church Hall, Heaton Road
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 5JT

Featuring: Dr Kehinde Andrews on 'Retelling Black Radicalism for the 21st Century' Justine King on 'Challenging Racism in the North East' Discussions on 'Embedding Black History into the North East' by Rico Jakk, Don O'Meara and Sam Cordery Poetry by Tolu' A. Akinyemi Music from the Ladies of Midnight Blue AND MUCH, MUCH MORE!

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Stanley Civic Hall: Dr Wendy Palace is leading a WEA Study Group on The British Empire (and what we didn’t learn in school)

October 9 @ 10:00 - 12:00
Stanley Civic Hall, Front Street
Stanley, DH9 0NA

The second session is on Tuesday 9 October at 10.00am until 12 noon and this course runs every Tuesday until 13 November though there is no meeting on 16 October – all welcome.

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Discovery Museum, Newcastle: Dr Leona Skelton will talk on, The Battle for a Grand and Deep River

October 9 @ 18:00
Discovery Museum, Blandford Square
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4JA

Leona writes: I am giving a free talk on “The Battle for a Grand and Deep River” at the Discovery Museum, Newcastle NE1 4JA on Tuesday 9 October at 6.00pm, specifically on the history of the Tyne Commission's engineering works. It's organised by the Newcomen Society and all are welcome. For those who have already heard me speak about the Tyne over 500 years, this will be much more detailed assessment of the 1850 to 1968 era. More details here.

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University of Sunderland Event: Centenary of the Great War, Propaganda, Revolution and Victory

October 13 @ 09:00 - 16:00
Hope Street Xchange Sunderland, SR1 3QD

A one-day conference convened by the School of Culture at the University of Sunderland to commemorate the end of World War One 1918-2018.Hope St Xchange building Keynote speakers include Peter Hart (author of The Last Battle: Endgame on the Western Front 1918) and Taylor Downing (author of Secret Warriors: Key Scientists, Code Breakers and Propagandists of the Great War).The conference is FREE to attend, but you will need to book a place through Eventbrite. Download the conference programme. Confirmed speakers: Peter Hart –…

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