The making of a ‘Land Fit for Heroes’: The Labour Party after the war

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The making of a ‘Land Fit for Heroes’: The Labour Party after the war

The making of a ‘Land Fit for Heroes’: The Labour Party after the war

The Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) are running a three week short course which links to our current changing exhibition A Land Fit For Workers' Educational AssociationHeroes.  The course will study how the experience of total war, and the growing opposition to the war, fundamentally changed politics in Britain forever.  In the post war period the Labour Party replaced the Liberal Party as the main opposition to the Tories.  Revolutionary movements in Russia and across Europe lead to the establishment of Communist Parties, including the Communist Party of Great Britain.  Men returning from the front replaced many women in the factories, however, women’s lives had been changed fundamentally by the war.

This three week course will look at:

  • Week 1, Tuesday 13 January, 1.00pm – 3.00pm: The Labour Party after the war
    Although the first Labour cabinet minister Arthur Henderson served in the war cabinet of David Lloyd George, it was the anti-war Ramsay McDonald who was elected to become Labour’s first Prime Minister in 1924.
  • Week 2, Tuesday 20 January, 1.00pm – 3.00pm: The Communist Party after the war
    Britain was on ‘the brink of revolution’ in 1919 as industrial unrest surged.  Many of those who lead the strikes went on to form the Communist Party of Great Britain, whose members played a leading part in the struggles of the 1930s.
  • Week 3, Tuesday 27 January, 1.00pm – 3.00pm: Post war outcomes for women
    Women’s central role in the war industries proved that they were capable of more than just raising children and home building.  No longer could opponents of women’s suffrage argue that women were not fit to vote.  Post war the franchise was gradually broadened to include women.

Part of the First World War Centenary ProgrammeFirst World War Centenary, Led By IWM

Suitable for adults aged 19 and over

The exhibition A Land Fit For Heroes is supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Booking required by contacting WEA on 0151 243 5340 or booking online via WEA’s website.  Please quote course ref C3837173

  • Please note this is a three week course; attendees are required to book onto all three weeks of the course