Issue 42- Hidden Histories Prompts

This edition is published in collaboration with students at Cedar Mount Academy (CMA) in Gorton. Brought together through Dr Kerry Pimblott’s AHRC-funded project, ‘Grassroots Struggles, Global Visions: British Black Power, 1964-1985’, we have been working with these students to think about ‘hidden histories’ of Manchester. Following talks and workshops, the students at CMA have produced Continue Reading

Made In Dagenham: The Fight for Equal Pay, by Amani Bates

In 1968 there were 55,000 men employed at Ford Motor Company’s Dagenham Factory and only 187 women. These female machinists were informed that their job had been degraded to ‘unskilled’ work resulting in reduced pay. Consequently, the women went out on strike demanding, quite rightly, their grading be changed, and that they be given the appropriate pay.

Why Jewish Life Should Remain the Focus of Holocaust Exhibitions: Looking at the Imperial War Museum London, by Eve Nicholson

The Imperial War Museum London opened a ‘Holocaust Gallery’ in October 2021, and it contrasts previous exhibitions by presenting individuals as identifiable and ordinary people. The exhibition aims to provide a deeper understanding of the Holocaust by enabling the visitors to relate with the individuals portrayed.

La Sección Femenina, by Gianna Stanley

For almost 40 years, throughout the Franco dictatorship, the Sección Femenina was the organisation in charge of controlling Spanish women. Every aspect of women’s lives were politicised in order to promote ideal femininity centred around motherhood and domesticity. This article will explore to what extent the Sección Femenina contributed to the creation of these gendered ideals, and to what extent these ideals were disempowering.