Socialist History Conference Saturday 15th September in Bridgwater

Bridgwater workers on the march in the 1930s

A Somerset Socialist History Conference will be held on Saturday 15th September 2018 at the GWRSA/Railway Club, Wellington Rd, Bridgwater TA6 5HA. The event has been organised by Bridgwater Trades Union Council and is free of charge.

Bridgwater TUC Secretary and local historian  Dave Chapple says Please let us know if you are coming! To book places contact me 07707 869 144  or”


9.30am: Registration

10am: Welcome from Vicki Nash, NEU, President, Bridgwater Trades Union Council

10.10am: Somerset radicals: Nigel Costley, Secretary, SW TUC

11am: The Black experience: a. Living in Somerset; Judith Desbonne; b. Dave Chapple, CWU: “When Jim Crow met John Bull”: racism in Somerset in WW2

11.40am: Somerset farm workers: Barry Leathwoood, Unite the Union

12.20pm: Bath City socialists: John Bamfylde, Unite and Bath TUC

1pm: Buffet Lunch (Free of charge)

Bridgwater anti-poll tax protesters on the march in the 1980s

Exhibition of trade union and socialist posters from the Somerset Socialist Library

2pm: The 1990 Somerset Poll Tax Rebellion: Glen Burrows, RMT, Ken Trunks, Bridgwater

2.40pm: “Messing about on the river”: The pilots of Pill: Mike Richardson, Bristol

3.20pm: Somerset & the NUM strike of 1984/5: Adam Salkeld, Chris Dennett and Viv Willis

4pm Film: “Pride”

Introduced by Dai Donovan, BECTU, ex-South Wales NUM, who in 1984 was the

Dulais Valley Support Group link with London Lesbian and Gays Support the Miners

Chair: Adam Salkeld, Clevedon NUM Support Group 1984/5

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