Sunday, 10 October 2010

North East Labour History Society news

North East Labour History Society
The Society in conjunction with the WEA has made a
successful bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund to
support a project entitled Mapping popular politics
in north east England through communities,
archives, libraries and museums
These are the primary objectives of the project.
􀂍 To map the incidence of popular political events (drawn
widely) and persons in the region’s communities, archives,
libraries and museums.
􀂍 To find, record and transcribe the personal narratives of
living participants in political parties, movements and
􀂍 To find relevant material in private hands and encourage
its owners to donate it to the appropriate archive.
􀂍 To collect the material and package and display it to
make it widely available to the community.
To involve the maximum number and variety of volunteers
possible to undertake the work.
To potential volunteers:
The project has a number of potential
supplementary & supporting activities
􀂍 A lecture programme
􀂍 A regular research seminar to help ‘new’ writers
􀂍 Training sessions for volunteers
􀂍 A travelling exhibition
􀂍 Collaboration with a youth theatre
􀂍 A concert
This is the first enquiry of its type in Britain and may
act as a model for future regional projects. These
are ways in which you might help.
􀂍 Sign up as an archive researcher and/or oral history
􀂍 Assist in helping in any of the supplementary activities
􀂍 Make a financial donation from your trade union, local
history society or business
Additional funds will enable us to extend the
research data bank (especially to digitise records).
There will be a page on the society website devoted
to the project:
Special note for those interested in north east
labour/working class history but not living in the
We want to make links with people elsewhere with a view to
following up resources held elsewhere. (for example the TUC
Library and the National Archives). It might be possible to
start a little London research group.

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