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British Communism and Commitment day school

British Communism and Commitment day school

Analysing the complexities of commitment in the Communist Party of Great Britain over its 70 year history

9 June 2016

9 June 2016, British Communism and Commitment day school @ People's History Museum. Lancashire District Communist Party, around 1948. Papers of Monty Johnstone

Time 09:45 - 16:45

Duration 7 hours

Cost £20 (includes lunch)

Bringing together academics from a wide range of disciplines and former party activists, this day school analyses the complexities of commitment in the Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB) over its 70 year history (1920-1991).

Part of the AHRC funded project ‘Wars of Position: Communism and Civil Society’, the day school will be held in the Reading Room of the Labour History Archive & Study Centre at the People’s History Museum, and will include a tour of the CPGB archive holdings.  The event will mark the opening to researchers of a new tranche of significant CPGB archive material relating primarily to the 1950-1991 period (the papers of John Attfield, Monty Johnstone and Paul Olive).

Suitable for adults and young people

Provisional schedule:9 June 2016, British Communism and Commitment day school @ People's History Museum. 'Questions and answers on Communism' by J R Campbell, 1956. Papers of Monty Johnston

  • 9.45am – 10.00am: Registration, tea & coffee
  • 10.00am – 11.30am: Panel One: Writers and commitment:
    - Aidan Byrne, ‘Lewis Jones: the struggle for commitment’
    - Matthew Taunton, ‘Communism by the letter: Doris Lessing and commitment’
    - Glyn Salton-Cox, ‘Sylvia Townsend Warner and Valentine Ackland’s queer commitment’
  • 11.30am – 11.45am: tea & coffee
  • 11.45am – 1.15pm: Panel Two: Communist trajectories:
    - Lewis Young, ‘Douglas Hyde and the God that Failed: a journey from Communist activist to Catholic anti-Communist theorist’
    - Jane Bernal, ‘“Communism, coal and my other subject”: the life of Margot Heinemann between 1937 and 1953’
    - Don Watson, ‘The Apostates: six ex-Communist autobiographies’
  • 1.15am – 2.15pm: Lunch & talk from Project Archivist James Darby about the Monty Johnstone papers and related collections, followed by a tour of the Labour History Archive & Study Centre
  • 2.15pm – 3.15pm: Panel Three: Communists and the trade unions:
    - Sheryl Bernadette Buckley, ‘Coalfield Communists: loyal party functionaries or committed trade unionists?’
    - Geoff Brown, ‘John Tocher, the limits of commitment’9 June 2016, British Communism and Commitment day school @ People's History Museum. Young Communist League pamphlet, around 1965. Papers of Monty Johnstone
  • 3.15pm – 3.30pm: tea & coffee
  • 3.30pm – 4.45pm: Roundtable: Communism, commitment and the archive.  Chaired by Professor Kevin Morgan, featuring:
    - Francis King (historian, former CP activist and archivist, editor of Socialist History)
    - John Attfield (historian and former secretary of the Communist Party History Group)
    - Geoff Andrews (author of Endgames and New Times: The Final Years of British Communism 1964-1991 (2004) and The Shadow Man (2015), a biography of James Klugmann)

If you have any queries, please email the organiser, Ben Harker: ben.harker@manchester.ac.uk

The University of Manchester

Arts & Humanities Research Council

 

 

Booking Requirements:

  • Booking required, please register here
  • Please note places are limited; the closing date for registration is Thursday 31 May 2016 (by 5.00pm)