VCH Shropshire Annual Lecture

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Central, Shrewsbury Baptist Church

4 Claremont Street

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The aftermath and memorialisation of the Great War in Shropshire.

In 2001 Nick Mansfield published English Farmworkers and Local Patriotism, which was based partly on his doctorate on agricultural trades unionism in Shropshire, 1900-30. The book (recently re-published), examined the growth of rural trades unionism and associated socialist politics from 1917. It contends that radicalism was defeated by agricultural depression and culturally-conservative factors in the post-war years. Dr Mansfield’s lecture will review the arguments he made in his book, placing a particular emphasis on the contested post-1918 memorialisation of the conflict of the First World War which revealed bitter divisions within Shropshire society.

Nick Mansfield is Senior Research Fellow in History at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston. He spent many years working in museums, including over two decades as Director of the People’s History Museum in Manchester. He has recently completed a two-volume labour history of the rank and file soldiers of the British army, the second volume of which, Soldiers as Citizens – Popular politics and the nineteenth-century military will be published later this year.

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