In our last blog post we focused on the first Trades Union Congress in 1868.
In this post we discover how the TUC celebrated its centenary in 1968. Events mainly took place in June in both London and Manchester – the site of the first Congress. There were also a number of celebrations held in September 1968 at the TUC’s annual congress of that year in Blackpool.
In London there was a concert at the Royal Festival Hall, including a performance of a specially commissioned Centenary March.
A banquet took place at the Guildhall in the City of London, attended by the Queen. A special centenary edition of “Labour” magazine was produced that carried a photograph of the banquet on its front page (see below).
Other events included an exhibition staged at the TUC’s headquarters, Congress House, and the publication of a pictorial history of the TUC.
The TUC also entered into a partnership with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and established an Institute for Occupational Health. The Institute promoted research and epidemiological surveys of occupational health and offered an information and investigatory service to unions.