‘Let us face the future’ conference

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‘Let us face the future’ conference

‘Let us face the future’ conference

2015 marks 70 years since the 1945 election.  Labour’s landslide victory in that year and the party’s wide ranging reform programme came to define politics in post war Britain.  To mark the event the People’s History Museum has brought together leading historians to discuss the impact of the 1945 election, then and now.

The conference will be held in the first days of the new 2015 parliament, and also coincides with our changing exhibition Election! Britain Votes, running until Sunday 28 June 2015.

Suitable for adults and young people

Programme for the day:

  • 9.30am  – 10.00am: Registration
  • 10.00am – 11.00am: ‘Prophets’ and the 1945 campaign
    Enoch Powell and the 1945 General Election
    Paul Corthorn, Queen’s University Belfast
    The Webbs and 1945
    Michael Ward, Centre for History in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • 11.00am – 12.00pm: Cotton and Co-operation
    Preparing for Power in the Cotton Districts
    Neil Redfern, Manchester Metropolitan University / University of Manchester
    Towards a Co-operative Commonwealth? The Co-operative Party and the General Election of 1945
    Angela Whitecross, UCLan / Co-operative College
  • 12.00pm – 12.15pm: Tea and Coffee
  • 12.15pm – 1.00pm: Keynote
    The Cultural Memory of 1945
    Steven Fielding, University of Nottingham
  • 1.00pm – 2.00pm: Lunch (provided)
  • 2.00pm – 3.00pm: Industry and Control
    From ‘Ideas of Freedom’ to ‘The Blindfold Elector’: The place of ‘Controls’ in the 1945 General Election Campaign
    Henry Irving, School of Advanced Study, University of London
    The Citadel of Capitalist power: Steel, Nationalisation and the Labour Party 1945-1951
    Christopher Massey, Teesside University
  • 3.00pm – 4.15pm: 1945 and the mediated campaign
    ‘Babes in arms playing for England, and Attlee in charge of the empire’: The popular press, cartoons and the Attlee Labour government
    Charlotte Riley, University of York
    Labour’s courtship of the media in the 1930s and 1940s
    Laura Beers, University of Birmingham
    Avoiding the C word: The 1945 Conservative Poster Campaign
    Chris Burgess, People’s History Museum

The work of Election! artist-in-residence Alex Gardner has been supported through Arts Council England’s Grants for the arts scheme.

Heritage Lottery Fund & Arts Council England