Events in June & July 2012
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We have organised some events over the 'summer' and would be delighted to see you there!
Sunday 24th June 3pm - The Sparrows' Nest
Talk on the 140th Anniversary of the Anti-Authoritarian International
This year marks the 140th anniversary of the founding of the Anti-Authoritarian International. Following moves by Marx and his followers to expel two leading anarchists (Bakunin and Guillaume) from the First International, the Jura section in Switzerland revolted against these bureaucratic moves and convened a conference.
They were soon joined by other sections equally dismayed by these moves and Marx's high handed decision to move the General Council of the First International away from Europe to New York. These developments have left a permanent mark on the socialist and workers movements.
Thousands of anarchists will be attending a massive celebration of the founding of the Anti-Authoritarian International in St Imier itself, with round tables, public meetings, music concerts, film shows, plays etc.
This meeting will give an account of the original events and details of the coming celebrations that will take place in Switzerland in August.
Sunday 8th July 3pm - The Sparrows' Nest
A few words on poachers
In the late eighteenth and the nineteenth centuries the game laws ensured that only the wealthy landed gentry had the right to take game ? wild animals like hares and rabbits, and the whole range of game birds from grouse to partridge. But this law was widely ignored, and the taking of game by the working class was not regarded as real crime by country folk. Poachers ? ranging from countrymen who poached singly to large gangs from towns as well as rural areas ? ranged widely over the gentry?s game preserves and fought bloody battles with their keepers and watchers. The gentry found it impossible to maintain the game laws. Nottinghamshire, with its Dukeries estates, had plenty of poachers and frequent affrays. Poachers risked imprisonment and even transportation for their activities.
At this event a local researcher will share some of her findings on the subject matter.
Saturday 28th July 2pm - Nottingham Mechanics (http://www.nottinghammechanics.com/find-us.htm)
Splits, Nukes & Overdue Subscription Fees - Anarcho-Syndicalism in Britain 1944-1964
Following the acquisition and processing of two amazing collections documenting activities of anarcho-syndicalist groups we are going to present some highlights out of the massive and wonderful hoard of correspondence and publications. The material offers fascinating insights into the lives and activities of anarcho-syndicalists in Britain and around the world.
We will focus on the years between the end of the Spanish Civil War and the events of the late 1960s, a period of which comparatively little is known of the activities of libertarians.