More brilliant projects, films, publications, organisations, institutions, etc.
How the international working class stopped the first world war
A documentary about the worldwide wave of workers’ struggles which succeeded in bringing the mass slaughter of WW1 to a halt and for a few brief years shook the capitalist world to its foundations.
Slave Revolt in Jamaica, 1760-61: A cartographic narrative
This animated thematic map narrates the spatial history of the greatest slave insurrection in the 18th century British Empire. Produced by the History Design Studio at Harvard University.
Fight the Power! A Visual History of Protest Amongst the English Speaking Peoples
A graphic novel that captures 14 key moments in the fight against oppression over the last 200 years in English speaking countries like US, UK, Australia, Canada, South Africa, Ireland and Jamaica.
International Institute of Social History
The IISH in Amsterdam is the largest documentation and research centre in the world dealing with the global heritage of social and labour movements.
Päivä Tampereella 1918 – A day in Tampere, Finland, 1918
A 2008 historical reenactment of the civil war battles that took place in Tampere during the spring of 1918.
A mix of walking tour and street theatre with several hundreds of actors and extras.
The Writing on the Wall: Projections in Berlin’s Jewish Quarter
Artist Shimon Attie using historic photographs of Jewish working-class street life which he projected in the same locations where they originally were taken.
Association des Amies et Amis de la Commune de Paris 1871
Founded in 1882 by Communards returning from exile, this association aims to promote the history of the Commune. It’s the oldest surviving organisation of the French labour movement.
1936 – The Spanish Revolution
A record of songs related to the Spanish Civil War, released 1986 by Dutch punk band The Ex. Comes with a 144-page book of archival photographs (researched at the IISH in Amsterdam).
A pop-up banner about the 1909 Manchester Utd team who refused to give up their union membership. Working Class Movement Library, Salford, with local community football club FC United of Manchester.
Chrono-Cartography of the 1871 Paris Commune
Five chapters showing the new Haussmann plan boulevards and avenues, the barricades of the Commune, and the movements of the Versailles army during the Bloody Week.
Libreria Anomalia – centro di documentazione anarchica
A long-running bookstore, library and archive located in the San Lorenzo neighborhood of Rome. They also invite to talks and film screenings as well as reprint classic leftist posters.
Past Pixels is a new publishing venture that works with the British labour movement to bring images of working class lives and organisation to a wider audience.
Dublin Tenement Experience: Living the Lockout
Presented in 2013, this was an innovative event to commemorate the centenary of the 1913 Dublin Lockout. Interesting mix of labour history lecture, theatre and workers’ housing exhibition.
Subiektywna Linia Autobusowa
A bus tour on the disused Gdańsk Shipyard, guided by former shipyard workers and Solidarność members, “those less well-known but equally important”. An ongoing project by artist Grzegorz Klaman.
Radical Walking Tours of New York City
A book by former tour guide Bruce Kayton. Through his lens, the history of all hitherto existing neighborhoods is the history of class struggles, civil rights battles, and labour movements.
Le Cri du peuple
Graphic novel in four volumes by Jacques Tardi, based on the novel by Jean Vautrin, about the rise and
fall of the Paris Commune, 1871.
The Red Walk
A small guidebook to discover the red past of Ghent: from Pierre De Geyter, the composer of L’Internationale, to Vooruit, “the opera house for the worker”. Published by the Amsab Institute of Social History.
People’s History Museum
There have always been ideas worth fighting for: this major museum, located in Manchester, looks at the history of civic society in the UK and “the struggle of ordinary people”.
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