Friday, March 1, 2013

Chartist Movement: Labour history talk in Wellington, 6 March

Those of you who live in, or happen next week to be in, Wellington may be interested in the following public talk by Les Kennedy, a British labour historian.

Les Kennedy is a Labour Historian from the UK. He will give a talk on Wednesday 6 March at 6.30 in the Mezzanine room at the City Library, Victoria Street.

Although he is very knowledgeable about the Tolpuddle Martrys, the focus of his talk will be the Chartist Movement.

Les Kennedy has been a life-long trade unionist, his membership of NASUWT, the largest teachers’ trade union in the UK goes back over 37 years and in that time he has been a school representative, local negotiating secretary, national executive member and regional organiser.

He has also worked for the Trades Union Congress where he was responsible for setting up an adult learning centre in Cornwall.

He taught history to 11 to 18 year olds in a state secondary school for 30 years and has also taught adult evening classes. For the last four years he has organised the Radical History school for the TUC at the annual Tolpuddle Festival where he has delivered a number of talks. He has also talked across the UK and most recently at the Workers’ Fest in Hobart, Tasmania.

Les is now retired and lives in Cornwall with his wife Rosemarie and he actively pursues a keen interest in trade union matters.

The details of the meeting are:
6.30pm to 7.30pm

Wednesday 6 March
Mezzanine Floor meeting room
Wellington Public Library
Victoria Street

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