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Political Radicalism and Dissent in the Early 20th Century
– from soldiers to suffragettes      

Date: Saturday 17 November 2018 Time: 10.00-16.00

Venue: Biology Lecture Theatre (marked LEC on campus maps), Lancaster University

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This year marks the centenary of the Representation of the People Act of 1918, so we are bringing together researchers working on the history of campaigns for political change. The day will feature archive film footage as we explore the rich heritage of dissent in our region and beyond.Our first subject, Catherine Marshall of Keswick, was a key member of the campaign for women’s votes; her life and work was researched as part of ‘Documenting Dissent’, a community project organised by Lancaster-based charity Global Link. Today’s speakers also introduce the 'Remembering Resistance' project, which encompasses a programme of public engagement events and activities to record women’s involvement in protest over the last 100 years in Manchester and Sheffield. The project leaders will be gathering oral histories and archival accounts of protest actors, past and present; mapping the last century of protest; and exhibiting materials and resources at local museums. To help us achieve and co-deliver these things, they are actively recruiting volunteers, or 'Citizen Researchers', who are enthusiastic, have relevant interests, can work both independently and in teams, and wish to inspire others to become engaged in politics. For those interested, oral history training will be provided.

9.30 a.m.              Assemble Biology Lecture Theatre (tea/coffee is not served at beginning of the day – but is available to purchase on campus*)

10.00 11.00     Catherine Marshall and the Organisation of Dissent – Gail Capstick, Independent Scholar

11.00 – 11.30      Coffee/tea & biscuits

11.30 12.30        Remembering Resistance: A Century of Women's Protest in the North of England. Exploring possibilities and making connections – Dr Sarah Marsden, Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion, Lancaster University, and Dr Christopher Boyko, Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts, Lancaster University

12.30 – 1.30        Lunch*

1.30 2.30          Patriotism and Socialism: Radical Ex-Servicemen, 1917-1923 – Dr Nick Mansfield, Senior Research Fellow in History, University of Central Lancashire

2.30 – 3.00           Tea/coffee & biscuits

3.00 4.00          The Real Rebels of World War One? – Dr Alison Ronan, Visiting Research Fellow at Manchester Centre for Public Heritage and Public History, Manchester Metropolitan University

4.00 p.m.      Close of Study Day


Fee for this event: £28 (£25.20 for Friends and Patrons of the Centre) (fee includes coffee/tea & biscuits)

Lunch: *Sandwiches/coffee/tea can be bought on the University campus (either at SPAR supermarket, Juicafe, Gregg's or Costa Coffee).  Hot and cold meals, snacks and drinks are also available at Café Republic, Subway and a range of other outlets- or you are welcome to bring your own lunch.

Parking: On Saturdays free parking is available on campus.

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Who can attend: Anyone

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