The pandemic has led to sudden changes in how we eat, from stockpiling to ordering from (or working for) Deliveroo – but it also showed the survival of a Victorian contempt for the ‘undeserving poor’.
Today’s right-wingers cast free speech as a distinctly British value, but they have precious little to say about the history of the Empire – which mounted a brutal campaign to deny these rights to colonised peoples.
The launch of the National Health Service was accompanied by ‘Your Very Good Health’ – a witty, clever and progressive public information film that helped to win support for socialised medicine.
Tribune’s one-time literary editor has become a meme and a cliché, but he remains one of the Left’s most ethically complex writers – and nowhere more so than in his depictions of the British Empire.
This year is the 20th anniversary of the end of the Greenham Common Peace Camp. It was not just a protest but a community trying to live a better world in the present day.
The Notting Hill Carnival was established by two radical women as a pageant of solidarity against a wave of racist violence.
Labour’s election posters from the first half of the twentieth century offer a glimpse into the better world it promised working people.
Activist-led tours of our major museums can help us to read history against the grain.
The pioneering Open University was Harold Wilson’s brainchild, but it was Jennie Lee’s social vision that brought it to fruition.