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Quotable quotes from Ernest Jones

Posted by wcmlibrary on February 15, 2011

These were found in a bound copy of ‘Today’ from October 1884:

Written by Ernest Jones, July 10th 1848 while in the dock of the Old Bailey waiting for sentence.

‘I have stood up in vindication of the right of public meeting – a right  too sacred to be interfered with by the police – a right which I do not think a parliament could suspend.  The right of public meeting must be upheld!’

‘Hold a man answerable for what he says not for what is said by another.  Hold a man answerable for what he does not for what is done by another and let the government take care of their own pickpockets and not make us answerable for them’ – addressed to Lord Turo and published in Jones’s ‘Notes to the People’.

Quotable quotes still relevant today – what a wonderful man he was!

Marjorie, WCML volunteer

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Salford exhibition week 7

Posted by wcmlibrary on October 1, 2009

Notes from yesterday’s meeting of the group interested in helping put together the library’s exhibition about Salford:

Alice agreed to do a presentation next week (Wed 7th Oct, 1.30pm), on her recent book tracing the history of Kersal Moor, Salford, exploring chartist history, until now.  We are currently discussing how this could fit into the final show, or be displayed alongside it, with added material gathered from the library.

Paul, who is researching the miners’ strike and aims to make a commemorative exhibition about Agecroft Pit, Salford, has agreed to do a presentation on Wed 14th Oct, 1.30pm, with an open discussion at the end and a summary of Paul’s experiences during the strike (amazing story, first hand live account).  Brian has found more material on the pit disaster at Clifton Hall Colliery and his relation who rescued people, this will also feature in the final exhibition.

I am discussing with each participant the form of display and content for their particular theme of research.

Roy has unearthed material on his relation who was arrested during the Battle of Bexley Square, but he is researching a book on Salford streets and prefers me to make the collage on this subject. So, some are directly involved in the display, others are researching its content and want me to display it after they have researched it.

John the poet arrived with Gail and I gave them the visual info, catalogues etc that I found that relates to the docks for thier forthcoming Green Bananas drama project.

Lawrence Cassidy

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Salford exhibition Week 6

Posted by wcmlibrary on September 25, 2009

I’ve been hoping to get one of the participants to start blogging about how the exhibition group is getting.  Thrilled therefore to have just got this through from Liam:

This is the fourth week I’ve attended Lawrence Cassidy’s local history sessions. The Wednesday sessions are open to all Salford residents or anyone with an interest in the city of Salford. Everyone is engaged in research to try to put together a brand new exhibition about Salford in the Working Class Movement Library.

This week’s session was extremely busy with about 25 people dropping in at some point. The sessions are situated in a large bright room at the front of the library on the ground floor. The table is spread with local history books, maps and photographs. Some new photographs that stand out in particular are images of miners from Agecroft pit before they went on Strike in the late 1970s. Paul who is sat next to me is a former miner from Agecroft who is campaigning to get a memorial to the pit.

People are chatting about their memories of Salford. One woman recounts her story of being a conductor on Salford buses. A group of people on a tour of the Working Class Movement Library joins in and adds to the throng of people.

Alice is a development worker and author of a book on Kersal Moor and its links to the Chartist movement (amongst other things). She tells everyone about a film screening of Ken Loach’s film ‘Which Side Are You On’ which was dropped by ITV because of its highly partial view of a the 1984/85 miners’ strike. The talk around the table turns to another controversial topic… socialism!

Another interesting person I meet today is a geography student from University College London who is writing his dissertation about re-development in Salford and using the session to get eyewitness accounts.

There is talk about the Clowes family, famous C19th landowners in the Broughton Park area, and Mandelberg’s Raincoat Factory. The library’s education officer invites everyone in the group to a banner making course run by the Workers Educational Association. She points out that it’s not just for women though.

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