Working Class Movement Library

A blog from the Working Class Movement Library in Salford

Aren’t you a library? Why would you want to win a photographer? Here’s why…

Posted by wcmlibrary on February 20, 2012

We’re keen to win a Museums at Night event with photographer Simon Roberts. The usual focus (pun intended!) of the WCML is on the power of words to make change. We’re eager to explore the collaborative dynamic between the power of language and the power of image.

Have you voted for us yet? We need your vote!

Click here to help us win a Museums at Night event featuring Simon Roberts!

The Library does already have many hundreds of photographs, until now hidden away in filing cabinets at the very top of the building.  But thanks to the University of Salford’s institutional repository, who have very kindly offered us space on their server, and thanks to the work of library volunteer Jess, some of them have been digitised and are now visible to the world.

Meeting in Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester during 1926 General Strike

Meeting in Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester during 1926 General Strike

http://usir.salford.ac.uk/archives/ is the link to some fifty pictures, ranging from photos of the interior of the Clarion Café in Market Street, Manchester to photos of women workers during the First World War.

Industrial disputes feature, such as a 1934 wire drawers’ strike and the Roberts-Arundel dispute in Stockport in 1967.

There are pictures of crowds during the 1926 General Strike in central Manchester, too.

And there is a selection of pictures from the Spanish Civil War, focusing particularly on International Brigade volunteers.

Spanish Civil War - Aragon Front

Spanish Civil War - Aragon Front

And this really is just the tip of the iceberg.   There are dozens of drawers full of photos upstairs.  If there’s any topic you think we might have photos on and you’d like us to  get on and digitise, let us know at enquiries@wcml.org.uk and we’ll see what we can do.

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