New website – Radical Manchester

A new website has been launched called Manchester’s Radical History at
http://radicalmanchester.wordpress.com/.

The authors state the following:-

Manchester Radical History Collective is a small group of politically
active people living in Manchester. We’re not affiliated to any single
movement or Party and have a range of views on major political issues of
the past, present and future.

We share an interest in the city’s radical and grassroots history – the
local struggles and campaigns that have shaped the city of Manchester and
the towns that make up Greater Manchester, and the people that live in
them. And we’re inspired by the way that Manchester’s people have
maintained a spirit of independence and resistance which has endured down
the years.

This website, and the print publications which we hope will also stem from
it, came about with the aim of collecting accounts of different strands in
Manchester’s history, recording them, and making them available to as wide
an audience as possible. We’re particularly concerned with recording the
memories of older members of our various communities and ensuring that
their experiences and knowledge are not lost.

We hope to achieve a number of things with the tales and information we
collect:
– we want the people of Manchester to have a place where they can easily
access information about their areas, communities and interests, and to be
able to see themselves in the context of a city which has an exciting and
inspiring radical tradition;
– we hope to help today’s activists and campaigners to see themselves not
as isolated individuals or groups, but as part of a vibrant tradition, and
to be able to learn from the movements which have gone before them;
– we want young activists and campaigners to have access to the experience
and life-stories of people who have successfully led lives as sustainable,
productive radical people, balancing the demands of families and work with
their political commitments;
– we hope to act as a source of experience, training and income for
writers sympathetic to and involved in Manchester’s many radical movements
and traditions.

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