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Labour & Momentum: The left in government?

An opportunity for historians with an interest in left wing governments to engage with Momentum and Labour activists.

Tuesday 16 January 2018 18:00 to 20:00
ROOM CHANGE 6pm to 8pm Dreyfus Room, Birkbeck
26 Russell Square, London

History Acts workshops are led by activists, who give a short talk or presentation about their work. Historians working on a relevant topic will then respond, before opening it up to group discussion.

Our Panel

Beth Foster-Ogg is a Labour activist and Momentum Training Organiser. She has had articles published by Labour List and the Independent, and in 2016 she ran for the position of Chair of London Young Labour.

Michael Walker is a contributor to Novara Media and a Labour activist. In 2016, he worked on the Jeremy for Labour leadership campaign in the volunteer mobilisation team and was a panellist at our first History Acts workshop.

John Callaghan is Professor of Politics & Contemporary History at the University of Salford. His research interests include: the politics and history of socialism, international history since 1789 and political ideologies. Amongst other works he is the author of The Far Left in British Politics (1987) Socialism in Britain Since 1884 (1990), and The Labour Party and Foreign Policy: A History (2007).

Charlotte Riley is Lecturer in Twentieth-Century British History at the University of Southampton. She specialises in the history of twentieth-century Britain, especially the Labour Party, aid and development, and decolonization. She is also interested more broadly in the culture of British politics and society, especially issues around gender politics and the British state.  She is currently working on a monograph exploring the Labour Party’s aid and development policies from the 1920s to the 1970s.



History Acts will be back with a new programme of workshops this January in association with Raphael Samuel History Centre.

Founded in 2016 at the University of London, History Acts brings together radical and left-wing historians and contemporary activists. As activist academics, we want to find new ways to engage with contemporary struggles, to learn from those involved in organising on the front line, and to use what expertise and institutional resources we have to provide active solidarity and support.

Over 2016 and 2017, workshops in London and Birmingham focused on the Labour left, gender violence, new unions, migration, housing, the media, and the Black Lives Matter movement. Not only have there been exciting and inspiring conversations, but we have seen networks, connections and collaborations being formed and sustained between academics and activists across these areas.

Continuing this work, our 2018 series of workshops will take place in London on the third Tuesday of every term-time month. Details of topics, speakers and venues will follow in due course. Sessions are free and open to any historian, any history student, or anyone interested in how history can work for social and political change.

If you are interested in getting involved in the organisation of History Acts or participating in a workshop, email Steffan Blayney at