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April 2021

First Tuesday: Mike Fraser will talk about Sir William Beveridge – the Man, the Report and the Berwick Division

April 6 @ 19:00 - 20:30

This meeting replaces Hannah Kent's planned talk: “One Aim, One God, One Destiny”? which has been cancelled. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sir William Beveridge was the hugely popular architect of the welfare state who became Liberal MP for Berwick in 1944 only to be swept away in the Labour landslide of 1945. Mike will discuss his early life, his report, the reasons for his defeat at Berwick and his subsequent career. Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86991301904?pwd=S1loS2tsMzZHdFRKa2sxa0cwM1VyQT09 Meeting ID: 869 9130 1904 Passcode: 149601 Mike…

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May 2021

Mayday – Saturday 1 May

May 1 @ 11:30 - 15:30

Tyne & Wear May Day Committee are organising a big online event tomorrow, the outline programme is below and this is the Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/events/265356238636325/?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A%7D As many of you will know, the Covid restrictions mean that we cannot hold the normal Tyne & Wear May Day march and rally this year, but instead we are planning an online festival on Saturday 1 May. It will be broadcast on a number of Facebook pages, including Tyne & Wear Mayday Rally, and the…

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Durham University: Radical Histories panel discussion

May 4 @ 17:30 - 18:30

Radical Histories, an online panel discussion as part of the History Now! series of public talks organised between the Durham University History Department and the Gala Theatre, Durham, takes place on Tuesday 4 May between 5.30 and 6.30pm. Register here – all welcome! Here’s the link on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/1051430605260613 Radical political movements today are often articulated via references to historic struggles in the past. Activists look to lost comrades and lost friends, to generations of forebears that can offer powerful examples for…

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First Tuesday: Tosh Warwick will talk about Middlesbrough’s Steel Magnates in the Nineteenth and early Twentieth Centuries.

May 4 @ 19:00 - 20:30

Topic: Middlesbrough's Steel Magnates, Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88010819818?pwd=WnBEeitRVXgrQnN3MTNyTkp0d3lMZz09 Meeting ID: 880 1081 9818 Passcode: 474174 The history of modern Teesside has been inextricably linked to the industrialists that led the businesses, shaped the communities and established new charitable and philanthropic initiatives at the heart of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century manufacturing district. In this talk by Heritage Unlocked’s Dr Tosh Warwick, he explores the role of the industrial, urban elite in everyday life, civic culture and manufacturing enterprises…

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June 2021

Second Tuesday: Tony Fox will talk about Teesside International Brigade

June 8 @ 19:00 - 20:30

Tony Fox, a member of the International Brigades Memorial Trust who lives in Billingham will give a talk on ‘A complete history of the memorial plaque to the Teesside International Brigades’ on Tuesday 8 June at 7.00pm Topic: Teesside International Brigades Plaque Time: Jun 8, 2021 07:00 PM London Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87335888047?pwd=N0h2V0VCTzJJTWZnUGhwWEpSbHlRdz09 Meeting ID: 873 3588 8047 Passcode: 201272 The Teesside International Brigades Memorial is an oak board with a triangular pediment top. The lettering and International Brigade crest…

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July 2021

Second Tuesday: Ruth Cohen will speak about ‘The Life and Work of Margaret Llewelyn Davies: Co-operative Movement Activist, Feminist, Socialist and Pacifist’.

July 13 @ 19:00 - 20:30

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82172314164?pwd=YVd1SVlSdnFXaUdFY3Q1bFBsL2d2dz09 Meeting ID: 821 7231 4164 Passcode: 025456 Margaret Llewelyn Davies was General Secretary of the Women’s Co-operative Guild between 1889 and 1921, a tumultuous period of social and political change. Her leadership was crucial to the Guild’s development into a unique national organisation of working class wives and mothers; as the Russian revolutionary Alexandra Kollontai said, it gave the lie to the accepted wisdom that housewives could not be politicised. In her time Margaret was a well…

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August 2021

Plaque Unveiling, William Parker (1790-1858), Labourer, Chelsea Pensioner, and Chartist. Cumberland Arms, Byker, Newcastle

August 13 @ 11:00 - 12:00
Cumberland Arms, James Place Street
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 1LD

William Parker was a leading advocate of the 'The People's Charter' in the 1830s and later championed the rights of pensioners and the poor in general. The commemorative plaque will be unveiled by the Lord Mayor of Newcastle at the Cumberland Arms public house, James Place Street (off Byker Bank), Ouseburn, Newcastle upon Tyne. Directions: Byker Metro Station or the bus stop outside Morrisons on Shields Road - Byker Bank is off the roundabout at the bottom of Shields Road;…

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Third Tuesday: Professor Alison Fell, Striking Women: Women Trade Unionists in France and Britain during and after the First World War

August 17 @ 19:00 - 20:30

This talk will consider why and how women went on strike during the First World War. It will also  explore the longer-term legacies of wartime industrial action, considering in particular some case-studies of French and British working-class women whose initiation into trade unionism during the war led to political careers in the 1920s and 1930s. Professor Alison Fell is Dean of the School of Histories, Languages and Cultures at Liverpool University Zoom link to be added.

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September 2021

Independent Labour Publications: The future of the union and the case for UK Federalism

September 3 @ 19:00 - 20:30

From Independent Labour Publications With tensions rising between the Westminster government and the devolved governments in Cardiff and Edinburgh it’s an opportune time to consider The future of the union and the case for UK Federalism and I’m pleased to say this will be theme of the ILP meeting this Friday 3 September at 7.00pm. Our speakers will be: Vince Mills, Secretary of Glasgow Kelvin CLP and a member of the Red Paper Collective on Scottish politics after the Holyrood…

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North East Labour History Annual General Meeting. Huw Beynon and Ray Hudson (both former Durham University) on their new book, The Shadow of The Mine

September 7 @ 19:00 - 20:30

Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88917964686?pwd=QkJPMDl3Z3IyUnJneTlaQTl5bkZIZz09 Meeting ID: 889 1796 4686 Passcode: 611389 The rise and fall of Britain’s most important industry. No one personified the age of industry more than the miners. The Shadow of the Mine tells the story of King Coal in its heyday—and what happened to mining communities after the last pits closed. Coal was central to the British economy, powering its factories and railways. It carried political weight, too. In the eighties the miners risked everything in a year-long…

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