TUC Day: Part of Manchester Histories Festival 2018

Friday 8th June

The Greater Manchester wide Manchester Histories Festival returns for a long weekender from 7-11 June 2018 with the theme protest, democracy and freedom of speech.

The full Festival programme will be announced soon, but we are excited to reveal a teaser of what Manchester Histories Festival 2018 has in store…

The first ever Trades Union Congress was held at the Mechanics Institute in Manchester In June 1868. The bringing-together of representatives of different trades to debate collective action was a landmark moment in the history of British trade unionism and politics.

To mark the 150th Anniversary of the formation of the TUC (Trades Union Congress) in Manchester and Salford in 1868, Manchester Histories is programming a whole day of special events on Friday 8th June, that will culminate with an In-Conversation event with the general secretary, and first female leader of the TUC, Frances O'Grady hosted by Dave Haslam.

Book now: Dave Haslam interviews the General Secretary of the TUC, Frances O'Grady

Exhibition Tour: The power of unity - 150 years of the TUC

Celebrating 150 years of the Trades Union Congress and looking at the continuing need for unions now. Join staff from the WCML for a guided tour of the exhibition and the Library’s extensive trade union archives. 9.30am-10.15am. Working Class Movement Library, 51 Crescent, Salford M5 4WX. (exhibition continues 27th Apr - 27th Sep 2018).

FREE / Booking Requested

Skyliner presents: A radical Salford walking tour

Join the multi-award winning Hayley Flynn to unearth Salford’s radical history. Including Bexley Square, and the location of the Three Crowns pub where the initial ideas for a congress were discussed, as well as current creative activity around Chapel St. 10.15am-11.30am. Meet at the Working Class Movement Library, 51 Crescent, Salford M5 4WX (tour ends at the People’s History Museum).

£5 / Booking Recommended

Guided tour of the People’s History Museum

Trace the historical development of trade unions through the national museum of democracy's unique collection with a member of the programming team.

11.30am-12.30pm. People’s History Museum, Left Bank, Spinningfields M3 3ER.

FREE / Booking Requested

‘Take Action’: North West Film Archive Screening and Exhibition

For TUC Day the NW Film Archive present a selection of archive film footage from BBC news (many not shown in public since they were first broadcast), including news footage from the 1981 Peoples March for Jobs. [image courtesy North West Film Archive at MMU] 12.30pm – 3.30pm [DROP-IN]. Manchester Central Library [Performance Space], St Peter's Square, M2 5PD

FREE / Booking not Required

Lunchtime lecture with Dr Jo Grady

Join Dr Jo Grady, Senior Lecturer in Employment Relations at the University of Sheffield for a short discussion on the lessons from the past that can help trade unions meet current and future challenges.

1.15pm – 1.50pm. Manchester Central Library [Performance Space], St Peter's Square, M2 5PD

FREE / Booking Recommended

Trade Union badges and their role in union history

Steve Baguley, a retired National Officer of the Communication Workers Union, has amassed an extensive collection of union badges which will be exhibited all week at the Mechanics Institute. At this special Manchester Histories Festival event Steve will personally be introducing the collection and explaining the role of badges in trade union history. 2.30pm – 3.05pm The Mechanics Centre, 103 Princess St M1 6DD.

FREE / Booking Requested

A guided tour of the Mechanics Institute

The Mechanics Institute moved into its current building in 1855 providing facilities for the working classes to study scientific theory, enjoy concerts, exhibitions and library facilities. In 1868 it was the site of the inaugural meeting of the Trades Union Congress. Explore the building, archive, and learn more about the Institute, its role in civic life. 3.30pm – 4.05pm. 103 Princess St M1 6DD

FREE / Booking not required

‘People’: North West Film Archive Screening

Two films profiling some the people of the movement. Hugh Scanlon, former shop steward at Trafford Park's Metropolitan-Vickers, became one of the giants of theTrade Union movement in the 70s; and the second, a speech by Granville Lawrence on the struggle of the Black workers.[image courtesy North West Film Archive at MMU]. 4pm-5pm. Manchester Central Library [Performance Space], St Peter's Square M2 5PD

FREE / Booking requested

Dave Haslam Interviews the General Secretary of the TUC, Frances O'Grady

In addition, to insights into Frances O’Grady’s personal story, expect discussion on the role of trades unions in a contemporary landscape of zero hours, job insecurity, Brexit, deregulation, and the gig economy. There will also be an opportunity for questions from the audience. 7.30pm-8:30pm. Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount St, Manchester M2 5NS

£5+fee / free tickets for low or unwaged

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