Invisible (co-operative) histories

It is more than twenty years since I was commissioned by the GMB union to visit the Working Class Movement Library (WCML) in Salford for a feature for their members’ magazine. I was blown away by the wonderful collection of books, newspapers and ephemera from all strands of radical political activity assembled there, the life’s work of two remarkable people from a past generation of activists Ruth and Eddie Frow. Their collection is now held under the auspices of a charitable trust and is housed just across the road from Salford Crescent station.

I strongly recommend a visit if you haven’t been to the WCML before. The WCML tells me that it will be marking this year’s Heritage Open Days initiative with ‘behind-the-scenes’ tours on Thursday 10 and Friday 11 September.

But you’d also be welcome on 30 September when, as part of the WCML’s regular series of free Wednesday ‘Invisible Histories’ talks, I’ll be there talking about early productive cooperatives in Britain and elaborating on some of the themes I explore in my new book All Our Own Work. The talk starts at 2pm (details here).

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