Stories of Activism Day: Inaugural Event, September 2011

This inaugural, one-day event was held in association with the Centre for Peace History and the Centre for the Study of Democratic Culture, University of Sheffield. It took place on 10 September, 2011.

At the event, Activists told stories of their campaign experiences, providing snapshots of Sheffield’s history of political and civic activism. Areas included trade unionism, labour, women’s issues, environmentalism, community-building, refugees, immigration, peace, and human rights.


10.45 – Arrival

11.00-11.10 – Opening welcome – Mike Foley and Gary Rivett

11.10-11.25 – Performance from the ‘Out Aloud’ Choir to open the event

Sessions (each session will have time for audience contributions):

11.30-12.30 – Trade Unionism, Labour and Employment

  • Jol Miskin
  • Vi Gill
  • Ken Curran

12.30-13.30 – Break for Lunch (not provided)

13.30-14.30 – Human Rights, Refugees, Immigration

  • Stuart Crosthwaite
  • Jonathan Bailey
  • Permjeet Dhoot and Davinder Kaur El-harti

14.30-14.35 – Comfort break

14.35-15.30 – Community building

–       Women’s Issues

  • Emma Rattenbury
  • Helen Jackson

–       Environmentalism

  • Mike Wild
  • John Le Corney

15.30-15.45 – Refreshment Break

15.45-16.45 – Internationalism and local activism

  • Kath Cripps and River Wolton (CND)
  • Chris Ryan (Connections between Esteli, Nicaragua and Sheffield)
  • John Smith (International Solidarity)

16.50 – 17.20 Closing general discussion

  • The History of Sheffield and Activism
  • Responses to the event
  • Future projects

Close of event around 17.20