The Working Class Movement Library’s new exhibition, ‘Knowledge, work and workers – science and the working class’, brings to light unusual aspects of our unique collections. From botanical illustrations to Mechanics’ Magazines full of diagrams of amazing inventions, from accidents in 19th century coal mines to asbestos killer dust in the 1970s, the range of material and topics on display is truly fascinating.
Come and find out about the contributions that scientists have made to the peace movement, campaigns to improve public health, and the struggles that trade unions and others have undertaken to make the workplace a safer place.
The exhibition highlights working people such as the whitesmith Samuel Gibson who, although his formal education was limited to Sunday School, became a respected geologist, botanist and entomologist, and middle class supporters of working class movements such as Alfred Russel Wallace. He was the joint originator with Charles Darwin of the theory of evolution by the means of natural selection, and this year is the centenary of his death.
Help us celebrate too the few, amazing women from the past who have made an impact on the male-dominated world of science, including carpenter’s daughter Mary Anning. They are valuable role models for the educators who are still trying today to redress this gender imbalance.
The exhibition was created to coincide with the 24th International Congress of History of Science, Technology and Medicine, held at the University of Manchester in July, to echo its theme “Knowledge at Work”.
‘Knowledge, work and workers – science and the working class’ is a free exhibition, open Wednesdays to Fridays 1pm to 5pm until 26 September.
About the Library
The Library, based at 51 Crescent, Salford M5 4WX, contains books, pamphlets, personal archives, photographs, plays, poetry, songs, banners, posters, badges, cartoons, journals, biographies, newspaper reports and more. They tell the story of Britain’s working classes from the earliest days of industrialisation to the present day.
See www.wcml.org.uk for further details