Events Programme

  • Feb 5 - Mar 26
  • Feb 05
  • Feb 12
  • Feb 19
  • Feb 26
  • Mar 05
  • Mar 11
  • Mar 19
  • Mar 26
Whose History? Commemorating the ‘Great’ War in an Age of Shock and Awe

Whose History? Commemorating the ‘Great’ War in an Age of Shock and Awe

Opening Panel
Social to follow with Barry Kerr in The Dark Horse, Hill Street  Brian Hanley, Fergal McCluskey, Joe Law, Sally Campbell  Linen Hall Library    Begins at 7:00 pm

War and Revolutionary Upheaval in Europe

  Dave Sherry  Skainos Centre    Begins at 7:00 pm

Ireland on the Dissecting Table: War, Empire and the Threat of Partition in the North

  Fergal McCluskey  Whiterock CC    Begins at 7:00 pm

James Connolly, Labour and the Road to Easter Week

  Shaun Harkin, John Callow  Unite Hall, N. Belfast    Begins at 7:00 pm

Rebels and Renegades: Women and Opposition to the War in Ireland

  Niamh Puirséil, Mary Muldowney, Sonja Tiernan  Coláiste Feirste    Begins at 7:00 pm

Idir dhá chultúr: Impiriúlachas, Éirí Amach agus Teanga sa tréimhse réabhlóideach 1914-18/Between Two Cultures: Imperialism, Rebellion and Language in the Revolutionary Period, 1914-18

Note: Panel in Irish with simultaneous translation into English  Alan Titley and Aindrias Ó Cathasaigh  An Chultúrlann    Begins at 7:00 pm

The Scramble for Empire: Asia and Africa in the Crosshairs of Empire

  Tithi Battacharya  174 Trust/Duncairn Complex    Begins at 7:00 pm

Between World War and Workers’ Revolution: Easter 1916 in Global Context

Social to follow with Barry Kerr  Conor Kostick, Cathy Bergin Lorcan Collins  Markets CC    Begins at 7:00 pm

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About Us

In late 2014, a group of Belfast-based lay and professional historians, labour, community and youth activists met to form the Belfast Working-Class History Group/Cumann Stair Lucht Oibre Bhéal Feirste. We reject the dominant ‘two traditions’ approach to understanding this city’s troubled past, and we are critical of the ways in which our history is being used to construct a highly sanitised ‘shared past’ in which dissenting voices are neglected or obscured, and opponents of the status quo marginalised and forgotten.

Motivated by a shared frustration that commemoration of the formative events of the early twentieth century have excluded the perspectives of the working-class majority of this city, our first major undertaking was a lectures series on opposition to the First World War, entitled ‘Neither King nor Kaiser’: Empire, War and Rebellion in Ireland, 1912-1919. These lectures and panel discussions involve some of the leading authorities on these subjects, and were designed to be accessible to ordinary people on all sides of the sectarian divide, and to ethnic and religious minorities who have made Belfast their home only recently.

In a city that remains deeply divided and one marked by high levels of social deprivation on all sides, we are committed to promoting an inclusive, informed, and open-ended discussion about our past, and the present. We are critical of both the Unionist and Nationalist political traditions, and of attempts to downplay Britain’s responsibility for fomenting division in Ireland, and will lend our support to any efforts to bring working-class people together across sectarian, racial and ethnic divides.

Our Sponsors

Queen’s University Belfast Heritage Lottery Fund Community Relations Council

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