People's History Museum

British Communism’s Culture Wars

09 June 17 - 28 August 17

Discover the history of communism’s cultural work

British Communism’s Culture Wars

Time 10:00 - 17:00

Duration 7 hours

Cost In order to keep our exhibitions programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation. Suggested donation £3

11 June - 28 August 2017, British Communism's Culture Wars @ People's History Museum. Young Communist League pamphlet, around 1965. Papers of Monty JohnstoneThe Communist Party of Great Britain was formed three years after the 1917 Russian Revolution and dissolved itself in 1991 as the Soviet Bloc disintegrated.  It failed to build what it called ‘the British Road to Socialism.’

But at the height of its influence after the war, The Communist Party of Great Britain had around 40,000 members, two MPs, over 200 councillors, a national newspaper with a circulation of 120,000 and a powerful presence in the trade union movement.  Its members included not only engineers and miners but also teachers, doctors, nurses, scientists, architects, broadcasters, academics, musicians, actors and writers.11 June - 28 August 2017, British Communism's Culture Wars @ People's History Museum. Minute book of the Branch Committee of the Oxford University Branch of the Communist Party 1948-1950. Papers of Monty Johnstone

Individually and collectively communists made their presence felt across many spheres of national life.  Visit this exhibition and discover the history of communism’s cultural work, and how it related to the party’s political project.

Part of the AHRC funded project, Wars of Position: Communism and Civil Society led by Dr Ben Harker at the University of Manchester and run in collaboration with the People’s History Museum.

AHRCThe University of Manchester

 

 

Suitable for adults

  • Did you know the museum holds the archives of the Communist Party of Great Britain and much more?  Check out the Archive & Study Centre pages for more information or to make an appointment
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