The North West Labour History Society was formed in the early 1970s to promote greater knowledge of the rich radical and labour history of this part of England, which includes events and movements such as Peterloo, Chartism, the growth of trade unionism, Votes for Women, the formation of Socialist organisations, opposition to war, the General Strike, the International brigades, the fight against the Blackshirts, and much else.

Our activities include:

  • holding meetings and hosting book launches
  • running stalls at events
  • producing an annual journal, North West Labour History

We welcome new members who share our aims. See the membership page for details on how to join.

We would also be very pleased to hear from anyone who would like to become active in the Society. See the activism page for details.

'Ethel Carnie Holdsworth (1896-1962) and working-class women’s writing: A centenary celebration'

Saturday 7th September at the Working-Class Movement Library (WCML), Salford


Welcome and introduction by Nicola Wilson (University of Reading)
Nicola is general editor of a new series of the works of Ethel Carnie Holdsworth, published by Kennedy & Boyd

Belinda Webb on 'Miss Nobody, 1913-2013'
Belinda has written the introduction to the new edition of Miss Nobody

Readings from Miss Nobody by actress Keely Forsyth

Tea and refreshments
Opportunity to view the WCML’s archive materials and library display on Ethel Carnie Holdsworth

Keynote lecture on ‘Ethel Carnie Holdsworth and working-class women’s writing’ by Kathleen Bell (De Montfort University)

Q&A / discussion

Nicola Wilson on ‘1913 as a centenary year’

A performance by Rosie Middleton of the Royal Northern College of Music of Ethel Carnie’s ‘Possession’ and ‘On the Road’, which were dedicated to Emmeline and Christabel Pankhurst respectively as part of Dame Ethel Smyth’s Three Songs (1913) and first performed by the London Symphony Orchestra in 1913

For more information, click here to download the conference poster (Word 2007 file, 204KB).

front cover of 'Up Then Brave Women' by Michael Herbert

The Society is pleased to announce the publication of "Up Then Brave Women": Manchester’s radical women 1819-1918 by Michael Herbert. This tells the dramatic stories of the women who challenged the status quo and campaigned for radical political and social change. There are chapters on Peterloo, Chartism, trade unionism and Votes for Women.

The book costs £9.95 including p&p and can be ordered from Pat Bowker, 1 Bedford Road, Salford M30 9LA. Please make cheques payable to “North West Labour History Group”. It can be ordered on-line from Naomi Symes Books and from News From Nowhere. It can also be ordered from Amazon Books.

Recent articles

Click here to access a selection of articles from recent editions of North West Labour History.