The General Strike at 90: conference 21st May

In Uncategorized on May 7, 2016 by kmflett

The 1926 General Strike at 90: What is its relevance now?


an oil tanker over turned in Tottenham during the 1926 General Strike (Getty)

London Socialist Historians Group conference

Saturday 21 May 2016 from midday

Pollard Room, 301, third floor

Institute of Historical Research

Senate House, Malet Street London WC1E 7HU

The conference will look at new research and potential areas of interest in

the events of 1926 and ask what relevance the events of 90 years ago have not only to

Britain but elsewhere in the world today.


There is a job of work to be done in making sure younger generations in particular have

heard of the General Strike and understand what the struggle was about, but the aim of

the conference is to focus specifically on new research areas and angles.


There has been one new book in the area, on the General Strike in fiction, which was

reviewed by Ian Birchall in the Spring 2016 issue of the London Socialist Historians

Newsletter. Other areas which may be worth more exploration include the miners’

lockout from 12 May to November 1926, the role of the coal owners and who they were,

and the same for the ‘volunteers’ who broke the strike.


Speakers include Daryl Leeworthy, who has been researching the strike

in South Wales, and Ian Birchall on how 1926 was seen in France.

There will also be a roundtable including Sue Bruley, who has previously published on women and the General Strike, and Keith Flett.


For more information contact London Socialist Historians Group:


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