Induction of new Pro-vice-chancellor for Research, Prof Don MacRaild

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Don MacRaildJeff invited the new Pro-vice-chancellor for Research Prof Don MacRaild to visit the TUC Library this morning. Don was shown a variety of the Library’s archive collections on the themes of the history of industrial health, equal pay, abusive forms of labour (flower making/sweated labour in the Gertrude Tuckwell Collection), worker’s education (reports of the first WEA Rochdale tutorials),

Tawney's Rochdale notebook

international labour relations (the early Russian delegations and American fraternal relations), the fight against fascism in Britain (Labour Research Department’s coverage of the British Union of Fascism and League of Empire Loyalists), and industrial relations and action (the General Strike, Grunwick strike and 84/85 Miners’ Strike).

Don’s favourites were the periodicals of the House and Ship Painters and Decorators Union from the early 1910s, where we found representation from Don’s hometown of Barrow-in-Furnace.

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