Colne Valley Labour Party is 125! 11:00 am - 4:00 pm on 23/07/2016

On the 21st July 1891, the first constituency Labour party in the country formed in a cellar of a house in Slaithwaite and formed a new organisation, the Colne Valley Labour Party. To celebrate the 125th anniversary of this event, Heritage Quay and the Colne Valley Labour Party are running a special event exploring the history of the Party. Heritage Quay, the state-of-the-art archive based at the University of Huddersfield, look after the archives of the Party and have recently catalogued them to make sure they are safe and accessible for the next 125 years (and more)

This event is free to attend and open to anyone. There is no need to book, just turn up on the day. Lunch will be provided.

You do not have to attend the whole day, please come for the sessions you find interesting. There will also be a display of collections from the archive for visitors to explore, including the original minute books and election materials.

Running Order

Welcome by Dave Smith (Heritage Quay) and Cllr Rob Walker

The Birth of the Party by Richard Hobson (Heritage Quay)

Victor Grayson and the development of the Party by Lord David Clark

Memories of a Colne Valley political journalist by Julie Ward


Philip Snowden by Professor Keith Laybourn

The Post War years by Professor Brendan Evans and Dave Smith


Local government memories – A panel of members led by Anne Baldwin

The Future by young party members

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