Their legacy – our heritage: online classes in labour history from the WEA and GFTU

The Workers Educational Association and the General Federation of Trade Unions are launching a series of online classes with leading experts in their fields on key components in working class history that have lasting impact.

Download the brochure here.

You can attend the whole series or individual sessions and there is no charge for attending. Each session will last for 90 minutes and participants will be provided with information for further exploration of the subject.

Sessions will be accessible and informative, and there will be a maximum of 25 participants on each session to allow everyone to be able to get involved. Sessions will be delivered via Zoom.

To enrol, click the link for the course and enter the pin number when asked. If you need help, call 0300 303 3464, or use the online contact form.

C3532803 The Modern Trade Union Movement
Wednesday 15th Sep 2021, 7.00pm – 8.30 pm
Where did our unions today come from in recent history, how do we compare trade unions now with in the sixties.
Enrol Now: PIN No: 28575

C3532804 The Peasants Revolt
Wednesday 20th Oct 2021, 7.00pm – 8.30 pm
Discover how many of the political ideas relevant today arose in 1381 in a revolt against the aristocracy.
Enrol Now: PIN No: 27270

C3532805 The 1549 Rebellions
Wednesday 17th Nov 2021, 7.00pm – 8.30 pm
The importance of the rebellions led by Robert Kett in Norfolk in exposing the injustices of feudalism and early capitalism, have been rarely told.
Enrol Now: PIN No: 95388

C3532806 Winstanley and the Diggers
Wednesday 15th Dec 2021, 7.00pm – 8.30 pm
Often described as one of the first communists in Britain, Gerard Winstanley in the seventeenth century expressed powerful egalitarian ideas of relevance today.
Enrol Now: PIN No: 18403

C3532807 The Levellers
Wednesday 19th Jan 2022, 7.00pm – 8.30 pm
From the seventeenth century one of the most important political forces in our history was referred to as the Levellers, from them many of the techniques of campaigning we still use came, and from them also some of our deepest ideas about democracy and fairness.
Enrol Now: PIN No: 81281

C3532808 Captain Swing, Tolpuddle and the Luddites
Wednesday 16th Feb 2022, 7.00pm – 8.30 pm
Many people have heard of the Tolpuddle Martyrs, but what about Captain Swing and General Ludd? There were importance connections between them at a time of intense struggle.
Enrol Now: PIN No: 58953

C3532809 The Chartists
Wednesday 16th Mar 2022, 7.00pm – 8.30 pm
The struggle for the universal franchise, the right to vote for all over 17 years of age took 134 years and was pushed along in the 19th century by those known as the Chartists.
Enrol Now: PIN No: 68049

C3532810 A History of Workers’ Education
Wednesday 20th Apr 2022, 7.00pm – 8.30 pm
The long struggle to get the state to provide universal education was accompanied by an even longer history of workers providing education for themselves.
Enrol Now: PIN No: 46570

C3532811 Great Women Trade Unionists
Wednesday 18th May 2022, 7.00pm – 8.30 pm
Many of the groups that came before unions involved women leaders as has the trade union movement itself. This survey will look at some of the lesser known but important figures.
Enrol Now: PIN No: 96335

C3532812 Songs Making History
Wednesday 15th Jun 2022, 7.00pm – 8.30 pm
Long before modern communications, before even the bicycle news and solidarity and political ideas were shared in songs. This session will give an overview of key songs from our history.
Enrol Now: PIN No: 34720

This course of history discussions is dedicated to the memory of Nigel Todd, working class historian, educationalist and co-operator.