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March 2022

Northern Stage, Newcastle: Red Ellen – The Story of Ellen Wilkinson MP

March 29 - April 9
Northern Stage, Barras BridgeNE1 7RH
Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 7RH

"A working class woman inside the walls of Westminster? If that is not espionage, I do not know what is." A Northern Stage, Nottingham Playhouse & Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh production Booking details here This remarkable new play from Caroline Bird tells the inspiring and epic story of Ellen Wilkinson, Labour MP, who was forever on the right side of history, forever on the wrong side of life. Caught between revolutionary and parliamentary politics, Ellen fights with an unstoppable, reckless energy for…

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April 2022

First Tuesday. Dr Christopher Massey, Teesside University will talk about: The Man at the Back: Lord Tom Sawyer and the modernisation of the Labour Party

April 5 @ 19:00 - 20:30

‘The Man at the Back: Lord Tom Sawyer and the modernisation of the Labour Party’ with Dr. Christopher Massey This talk highlights the significant contribution of Lord Tom Sawyer to the Labour Party’s modernisation between 1983 and 1997. Sawyer, as a key trade union official and later General Secretary of the Labour Party, played a crucial role in the redevelopment of Labour’s internal structures, policy making and campaign machinery. Sawyer’s political journey in these years closely mirrored Labour’s national position,…

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Tyne & Wear May Day Celebrations: May Day Social (Newcastle Irish Centre, Fri 29 April), March and Rally (Exhibition Park, Sat 30 April)

April 29 - April 30
Various North East Venues

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May 2022

BBC Radio 3: The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff

May 1 @ 19:30 - 20:30
BBC Radio 3

Award-winning North East folk band The Young'uns - Sean Cooney and David Eagle with Jack Rutter (for Michael Hughes) present their production of The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff, recorded in front of a live audience in their hometown of Stockton-on-Tees. It's the true story of one man's journey from unemployment, 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. A touching and often hilarious…

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First Tuesday: ‘Hidden Chains: The Slavery Business and North East England’ with John Charlton

May 3 @ 19:00 - 20:30

North East England is rarely associated with the African slave trade, but new research has shown that the region was inextricably involved in that shocking state-sanctioned traffic in human beings. "Hidden Chains" reveals the links between some of the North East's wealthiest, most prominent families and the plantations of the New World. It also tells the story of ordinary people from Northumberland, Durham and Tyneside who were caught up in the slavery business. Some were bonded labourers; others crossed the…

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Durham Town Hall, The Miners’ Strike in County Durham: A Family and Community Conversation

May 24 @ 18:00 - 19:30
Durham Town Hall, Market Place
Durham, DH1 3NJ

Register here for tickets to attend in person or here to join online via Zoom. A free public event hosted by Durham University History Department. Although the Miners’ Strike took place nearly forty years ago, the families and communities that experienced it in County Durham still have vivid memories of that year and have had to wrestle in their lives with the destruction of an industry. This event features historian Robert Gildea, who is writing an oral history of the…

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June 2022

Event commemorating Nigel Todd, Bike Garden, Nuns Moor, Newcastle

June 18 @ 12:00 - 15:00
Bike Garden, Nuns Moor
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 5NU

Nigel, with his daughter Selina, on an anti-austerity march in Manchester, 4th October 2015. Photograph courtesy Peter Brabban. Music by Bethany Elen Coyle and pizzas from the pizza oven. Opportunity to share memories about Nigel and his work in the community. Open to all. The bike garden is located in Nuns Moor Park here: https://goo.gl/maps/Q1LwGLu3ZRZxmJT96

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The Active Utopian: A Celebration of The Work and Passions of Nigel Todd, Neville Hall, Newcastle

June 20 @ 10:00 - 15:00
Common Room, Neville Hall, Westgate Road
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SE

Nigel Todd Friends and colleagues of Nigel will gather on 20th June to celebrate his life, his work and most of all his passion for progress, social justice and lifelong learning. North of Tyne Mayor, Jamie Driscoll, will give the keynote address and there will be local and national speakers from the Workers Education Association, Co-operative College, Newcastle City Council, the Green movement and other parts of Nigel’s life. There will be music, a slide show from his 1983 General…

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Rebel Town Festival: Tyne Pedestrian Tunnel – South Entrance.

June 25 @ 10:30 - 12:00
Tyne Pedestrian Tunnel – South Entrance Jarrow, NE32 3PS + Google Map

As attached, the sixth annual commemoration of turbulent events in Jarrow in the 1830s takes place this Saturday 25 June with particpants asked to assemble by the Pedestrian Tunnel NE32 3PS at 10.30am. The speakers will be Jeremy Corbyn MP, Kate Osborne MP for Jarrow and Dave Douglass, Follonsby Miners Lodge Association and former NUM official. Music will be provided by the Felling Silver Band followed by refreshments at the Albion Gin & Ale House.

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NELH Tuesday Meeting: Bob Clay (former MP), The Closure of the Sunderland Shipyards and the thwarted Cuban orders

June 28 @ 19:00 - 20:30
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