The George Lansbury Memorial Trust was founded in 2012 to commemorate the life, work and legacy of George Lansbury (1859-1940). A pioneering campaigner for peace, women’s rights, local democracy and improvements in labour conditions, Lansbury was an adopted East Ender who made a great contribution to local as well as national life. The fourth George Lansbury Memorial lecture will be delivered by Janine Booth. Janine is a trade unionist, poet and disability rights activist who in 2009 published the latest book on the Poplar councillors’ revolt, in which Lansbury played a leading part: Guilty and Proud of It! Poplar’s Rebel Councillors and Guardians 1919-1925 (Merlin Press). George’s daughter-in-law, Minnie, was one of those gaoled during this struggle, subsequently dying prematurely in 1922. By then, however, Minnie had already acquired a reputation as a pioneering female politician and campaigner for the rights of women and children. This year’s lecture will reflect on her legacy in the light of contemporary feminism.
Date and Time
Skeel Lecture Theatre
The People's Palace
Queen Mary Univeristy of London
Mile End Campus