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Why not join us on Thursday 2nd May between 10 am - 4 pm at the historic NUM Headquarters, 2 Huddersfield Road, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S70 2LS for our free event: 

A Workers’ History Event: Unlocking the past and shaping the future!

(Lunch and refreshments provided!) 

Being at this iconic venue – The National Union of Mineworkers -which is filled with union history we will be delivering a day full of interactive learning which will look at how the heritage of the union movement can shape the future. The WEA Trade Union Branch aims to deliver a range of learning opportunities which will progress onto other learning opportunities including our bespoke follow-on WEA Trade Unions Branch Lecture Series. 

Join us as we discover what is history, and learn and sing about the past, present and future of trade unionism. This conference will be opened by WEA Trade Unions Branch Chairperson Matt Pointon and you will be welcomed by Chris Kitchen, NUM General Secretary and Pat Kynastan, WEA President. Discover the array of history within the NUM building from Paul Darlow and join or three workshops throughout the day:

Women in Trade Union
Cilla Ross - activist/ practitioner, writer/researcher, cooperator, adult education worker and officer on several education bodies
Explore the historical tapestry of women in trade unions globally and in the UK. Use a ‘decolonising’ lens to explore the strengths of past, present and future of trade unionism to educate, agitate and organise! 

Coaldust Ballards 
Benn Lunn - Secretary - The Workers’ Music Association Workshop
Sing along to the echoes of the pit communities from various corners of Britain. From laughter to lament, these songs carry the weight of coal and camaraderie. 

What is History?
Prof. Patrick McCarthy - Principal Lecturer in Cultural Heritage (Retired), WEA Tutor in Cultural Heritage, Chair UCU West Midlands Retired Members Branch
Introduce the concept that whilst historians endeavour to make ‘History’ objective it is a ‘human’ science and is sculpted subjectively.

To secure your free space, simply complete the form below to secure your place and our friendly team will be back in touch!

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