Working Class Movement Library
Working people have always struggled to get their voices heard. The Working Class Movement Library records over 200 years of organising and campaigning by ordinary men and women. Our collection provides a rich insight into working people’s daily lives as well as their thoughts, hopes, fears and the roles they played in the significant events of their time.
Our collection contains:
• books • pamphlets • archives • photographs • plays • poetry • songs • banners • posters • badges • cartoons • journals • biographies • reports •
The Library holds an extensive range of trade union material, from the brushmakers’ unions of the 1790s to large general unions of today like the GMB.
Special collections include Thomas Paine, the Peterloo Massacre, Chartism, Irish politics and history, and women’s emancipation.
The library, to which admission is free, is open to readers by appointment Tuesdays to Fridays and the first Saturday of the month. Drop-in visitors are welcome to browse the ground floor display areas Wednesdays to Fridays 1-5pm.