This Sunday we’re off on a walk around the docks with our friends at Bristol Radical History Group to take advantage of the sun (hopefully) and learn about a key time in the history of Bristol unionism. All wobblies, wobbly-curious, comrades in other organisations and general history fanatics welcome. There will most likely be a pub trip afterwards for those wanting to partake. Details as follows:
A ‘night of infamy’: Black Friday, 1892
Date: Sun 16th Apr, 2017
Time: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Meet: Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, BS1 4QA
With: Roger Ball
Bristol was rocked by two major strike waves in the late 19th Century, the first (1889-90) marked the emergence of ‘new unionism’ representing male and (significantly) female unskilled and semi-skilled labourers. Victory in these strikes improved pay and conditions for workers but led to an organised counter-offensive by employers in the autumn of 1892. The response of workers was a second strike wave which united miners, dockers and female confectionary workers, culminating in ‘Black Friday’ on 23rd December 1892. This ‘night of infamy’ saw the Corporation deploy military and police units onto the streets of Bristol to break up a pre-Christmas parade by thousands of the ‘new unionists’ and their supporters.
So join us to hear what happened on ‘Black Friday’ and learn more about what connected the ‘new socialists’, feisty Dockers, French revolutionaries and striking ‘Sweet Girls’.
Meet outside the Arnolfini for a 1.5 hour walk/talk ending in the Horsefair (Broadmead).