WCML free talks programme kicks off for Spring 2022

The Working Class Movement Library’s new series of Invisible Histories free talks starts up again on Wednesday 9 February at the later than usual time of 3pm, when Kirstie Blair and Iona Craig from the Piston, Pen & Press project will give a free online only talk on the topic ‘Industrial workers and reading spaces in Manchester, Salford and the North’.

This first talk in the series will focus on introducing some of the materials from the WCML’s guest pop-up exhibition Working class readers in Victorian Manchester and Salford. Drawing on research from the project, it will discuss examples of the spaces in the city in which Victorian workers accessed literary and other materials.

Further talks in the series are listed below. These will all run on Zoom; but there are hopes that the 2 and 9 March talks will also be available to a live audience in the WCML annexe. All talks are also available on the WCML YouTube channel.

  • Wednesday 16 February 2pm  Lynette Cawthra – ‘The Manchester Free Library 1852 – for the workers, but not by the workers…’
  • Wednesday 23 February 3pm Dick Holdstock – ‘Street Ballads’ Role in Working People’s Enfranchisement’
  • Wednesday 2 March 2pm Chris Hall – ‘The nurse who became a spy: Madge Addy’s war against fascism in Spain and France
  • Wednesday 9 March 2pm International Women’s Day talk by Joanna Williams – ‘The great Miss Lydia Becker’.
  • On Wednesday 23 March at 2pm WCML has a musical treat in store as Johnny Campbell sings Winter Hill Trespass.

More information about these talks and how to access them is available on the WCML events page.