The Labour Leader and the Clarion: rival socialist newspapers in the Edwardian era

Two men sit facing one another, rival socialist newspapers in hand as they debate the issues of the day. Clues in the picture have more to tell us about it, and about the political differences between the Labour Leader and the Clarion. But the reason it was taken remains a mystery. Continue reading The Labour Leader and the Clarion: rival socialist newspapers in the Edwardian era

Ann-Marie Foster (Northumberland) on the Senghenydd mining disasters and the ephemera of remembrance

In 1913 the worst mining disaster ever to occur in the UK happened at the Universal Colliery in the small village of Senghenydd. This disaster, in which 440 men died, followed just twelve years after another explosion in the same colliery in which 81 men perished. This double tragedy in Senghenydd makes it a significant site of research, not only because of the death toll, … Continue reading Ann-Marie Foster (Northumberland) on the Senghenydd mining disasters and the ephemera of remembrance