News from the Working Class Movement Library

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News from the Working Class Movement Library

With new exhibitions and tours of the library starting again, there is plenty to see and do at the library this summer.  

Open days and tours of the library

Saturday 23rd July & Saturday 13th August, 11am - 4pm FREE

On Saturday 23rd July and Saturday 13th August we are opening the library to drop-in visitors. Come along and learn more about our work, our building and our collection. Across the two days there will be tours of the building, displays of our archive collection, an opportunity to learn how to use our Reading Room, and arts and craft activities. We are also opening a new exhibition, details below. 

Library tours will run on the hour throughout the day from 11am - 3pm. There is no need to book in advance. Please come along and show your support and spread the word to friends and family. 

New exhibition: 'We Shall All be Brothers and Sisters' The Communist Party in Britain 1920-2020Opens on Saturday 23rd July and then every Friday afternoon 1pm - 4.30pm. 

A new exhibition, previously on display at the Marx Memorial Library, will open at the Working Class Movement Library on 23rd July with additional material curated by the Working Class Movement Library team. 

The exhibition highlights key moments in party history and tells the story of individual members with links to Salford, Manchester and the library including our co-founder Ruth Frow, Tommy Jackson, Len Johnson, Bernard McKenna, Benny Rothman, Sylvia Pankhurst and Betty Tebbs. 


New installation: The Politics of ClothNow on display in the Library Hall The 'Politics of Cloth' is a collaborative textiles installation with fashion and textile students from Pendleton Six Form College. Students used the Working Class Movement Library as a primary research source to initiate and contextualise their ideas.

The students were challenged to explore the wider impacts of the textile industry, comparing historical issues with present day. The work created by the students is fantastic and we are delighted to have it on display at the library. 

Mass Trespass Symposium and Invisible Histories talks are now available on YouTubeYou can now see our latest events on the library's YouTube channel including our Invisible Histories talk 'Growing Up Communist in the Netherlands and Britain' with Dr Elke Weesjes and an edited version of our live-streamed symposium, 'Mass Trespassers Will be Celebrated' held at the Eagle Inn, Salford in April.  

Find our YouTube channel here, wcmlibrary - YouTube