The seventeenth Essex Conference on Labour History, jointly sponsored by Labour Heritage, the Essex Labour Campaign Forum and the Cambridge and South & West Essex Co-op Party Council, will be held at The Labour Hall, Collingwood Road, Witham, CM8 2EE, (adjacent to Witham rail station) from 10.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, 20th October, 2018.
The day will be devoted to four topics: the 1918 granting of the vote to women over 30; the 150th anniversary of the TUC; the life and ideas of Karl Marx; and the centenary of the formation of constituency Labour Parties and the Labour Party Constitution.
The Conference is completely open and friends, relatives and acquaintances are welcome, whatever their political affiliations. Questions and other contributions from the floor will be invited. Lunch will be provided by the Essex Labour Campaign Forum, and the cost is included in the registration fee of £10.
10.30 – 11.00 a.m. Conference assembles (tea and coffee will be available)
11.00 – 11.10 a.m. Chair’s opening remarks – Charles Cochrane,
Chair, Essex Labour Campaign Forum
11.10 – 12.05 p.m. The centenary of the right of women over 30 to vote and the struggle for universal suffrage
Barbara Humphries (Labour Party activist and socialist historian)
12.05 – 1.00 p.m. The 150th anniversary of the formation of the TUC and the achievements of the trade union movement
(speaker to be confirmed)
1.00 – 2.00 p.m. Lunch, arranged by the Essex Labour Campaign Forum
2.00 – 2.45 p.m. The bicentenary of the birth of Karl Marx, his life and his ideas
Stan Newens (former Labour MP and MEP and socialist historian)
2.45 – 3.25 p.m. The centenary of the formation of constituency Labour Parties, Labour’s 1918 constitution and Clause IV
John Grigg (Labour Party activist and socialist historian)
3.25 – 3.45 p.m. Discussion
3.45 – 3.55 p.m. Ideas for promoting Labour history in Essex
3.55 – 4.00 p.m. Conference concludes