Imagining a Communist Britain

Can you imagine what a Communist Britain would look like?

Young Communist League pamphlet.

An exciting new project between the People’s History Museum and the University of Manchester is uncovering previously inaccessible archive collections on leading figures in the Communist Party of Great Britain. The project, which includes two exhibitions, a day school and an international conference, will be setting out to challenge familiar concepts of communism. The archive collections provide an important insight into how the movement tried to transform civil society through the media, education, science and culture, and how it envisaged Britain may look as a socialist state.

This image is from the front cover of a Young Communist League pamphlet clearly aimed at a growing and more affluent youth in 1960s’ Britain. Keep an eye out as we uncover more material in the collections and for information about upcoming events.

The project is led by Dr Ben Harker.