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January 2018

Second Tuesday: Julie Scanlon will be talking about her research into the 1976 Women’s Liberation Conference held in Ponteland.

January 9 @ 7:00 pm
Old George Inn, Old George Yard
Newcastle, NE1 1EZ

In April, 1976, 1500 women from all around the country gathered in Ponteland for the 7th National Women’s Liberation Movement Conference. The conference was one of only 9 national WLM annual conferences. Little has been written about this conference, though it is felt by many to be where some of the splits in the WLM really started coming to the fore. This talk explores the story of the conference. How did it come to be in Ponteland? What happened at…

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Labour and Society Research Group Workshop: 1968: Resonances and Reverberations

January 19 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Room 3.40 Armstrong Building, Newcastle University
Queen Victoria Road, NE1 7RU

In the new year, to mark start of the 50th anniversary of the various upheavals of 1968, we will be holding a one-day workshop which takes as its theme 'Resonances and Reverberations'. We are inviting speakers to talk about the "afterlives" of '68 in transnational contexts, and how collective memories of '68 have been shaped, transmuted, and invoked in subsequent political contexts. The keynote will be Andrew Thompkins, from the University of Sheffield. Booking details to follow. Programme: 10.00 –…

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WEA Day School: History, Heritage & the Environment

January 20 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

We have a brilliant day school and performance event to see in the new year, exploring how history shapes the environment and ecological change in turn molds history and heritage. It all feels very current as we see the impacts of environmental problems each day, Addams may even reflect some of your new year's resolutions to be kinder to the planet! Speakers are Leona Skelton, Mike Greatbach and we have a keynote from the WEA Green Branch's Ruth Hayward. And…

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Holocaust Memorial Day Event: Film – A People Uncounted, the Roma during the Holocaust

January 25 @ 7:30 pm
North Benwell Youth Project, 80 - 84 Ellesmere Road
Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE4 8TS

Showing of the film A People Uncounted about the Roma during the Holocaust and the discrimination they still face today in many parts of Europe. This is an excellent film, effortlessly weaving stories from the Porajmos (devouring) - the Roma word for the Holocaust - with those about discrimination facing the Roma today. Anybody watching the film, can come away with a deeper understanding of both what happened to the Roma during the Holocaust/Porajmos and is happening in many parts…

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Holocaust Memorial Day Event: The 10 Steps to Genocide; Learning the Lessons from the Porajmos and Srebrenica

January 26 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Room 2.98 Armstrong Building, Queen Victoria Road
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU

The 10 Steps to Genocide: Reflecting on the Porajmos and the Genocide at Srebrenica. At least 500,000 Roma were brutally murdered in the Holocaust or 'Porajmos' as the Roma call it and yet in many school textbooks, you would do well to find even one sentence that mentions this. One sentence for more than 500,000 lives. Similarly, in July 1995, fifty years after the Holocaust, genocide occurred again on European soil in Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Internationally recognized as the…

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February 2018

First Tuesday: Brian Ward will talk about Martin Luther King’s Visit to Newcastle Fifty Years Ago

February 6 @ 7:00 pm
Old George Inn, Old George Yard
Newcastle, NE1 1EZ

Professor Brian Ward is a historian of the modern US South, the civil rights movement, popular music, the 1960s, and Anglo-American cultural relations. Brian is Northumbria University’s first Professor in American Studies. Previously, he held the Chair in American Studies at the University of Manchester (2006-2012), served as Head of the Department of History at the University of Florida (2000-2006), and taught at the Universities of Newcastle upon Tyne (1991-2000) and Durham (1990-91). He is currently Chair of the British…

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March 2018

CANCELLED – San Ghanny choir: Strong Hands & Strong Hearts, Stories and Songs from Occupied Palestine

March 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Quaker Meeting House, 1 West Avenue
Gosforth, NE3 4ES

DUE TO THE BAD WEATHER PREVENTING THE PERFORMERS FROM TRAVELLING, THIS CONCERT HAS BEEN CANCELLED We hope it will be rearranged in the near future and we will post the details when they become available. Join San Ghanny (meaning ‘we shall sing’ in Arabic) for stories and song from their recent journey from Edinburgh to Palestine. They will tell stories of somoud (‘steadfastness’), which encapsulate the dignity with which Palestinians live their lives and resist injustice. Drawing parallells between the…

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First Tuesday: Liz O’Donnell, ‘Hens that want to crow’. Suffragists and suffragettes in the North-East of England, 1866 – 1918

March 6 @ 6:00 pm
The Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Road
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SE United Kingdom

NB Please note this talk will be at the Lit and Phil at 23 Westgate Road, not the usual First Tuesday venue. It will also be a different time from usual: 6:00pm. To book your place please contact us at secretary@nelh.net This talk is about the fight for women’s suffrage and its interconnectedness with other women’s rights issues. Many people think of this only in terms of the early 20th century suffragettes’ militant tactics, but a much wider range of…

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April 2018

First Tuesday: Sarah Hellawell will talk about Students in the North East of England and the Aftermath of the Great War

April 3 @ 7:00 pm
Old George Inn, Old George Yard
Newcastle, NE1 1EZ

The First World War dramatically affected Durham University, which at the time included Armstrong College and the College of Medicine in Newcastle upon Tyne. 2,683 Durham students and graduates served during the war, 311 of whom died. Many female students also undertook war related work. Photograph reference: The Northerner, vol.11, no.5, p. 158. University Archive, Newcastle University Library, NUA/13/2(Click on the photograph to read the names) Armistice coincided with a steep increase in student numbers across the country, as servicemen…

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A Mini-Season of Film Screenings. Post-Work: Framing Labour in Post-Industrial Europe

April 22 - May 1
Side Cinema & Newcastle University

Newcastle University’s Labour & Society History research strand would like to invite you to a mini-season of films addressing the dramatic transformation of employment in Europe over the last half a century. The first one explores the current situation within post-industrial communities. The second confronts us with the difficulties of representing and reflecting on the meaning of labour and how this has changed over time. The last session deals with the present realities of those expelled from the world of…

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