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Saturday 7th June 2014
tenth Midlands TUC Cradley Women's Chainmakers' festival Bearmore Mound Playing Fields, Cradley Heath, B64 6DU
The Midlands TUC maintains this event as the largest celebration of womens' history in Britain.
The festival celebrates the achievements of 800 women Chainmakers who fought to establish a minimum wage for their labour in 1910, following a 10 week strike. The local employers sought to deny them their rights but were met with forceful opposition. The strike was led by trade unionist Mary Macarthur, who founded the National Federation of Women Workers and later stood for Parliament as a Labour candidate.
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The event costs around £24,000 and the Midlands TUC is currently seeking donations for the 2014 event.
The TUC-organised event backed by Sandwell Council has live music, stalls, speeches.
Further details/trade enquiries Alan Weaver: Midlands TUC, 24 Livery Street, Birmingham B3 2PA 0121 262 6383
How to get to Cradley Heath from Wolverhampton by train:
'The group is being set up to promote the story of the women chainmakers and to encourage more local people to become involved in activities and hopefully therefore to engage with the festival.'
Statement from their constitution:
To preserve and provide a focus for the industrial heritage of the Black Country and celebrate the role that women have played in that local history, traditions and culture. Written accounts, oral histories, records and memorabilia will be made visible for the benefit of the general public via festivals, meetings, seminars, workshops, exhibitions by any other means to achieve the objects.
The thinking behind this is that we need the Friends group to be a distinct group themselves separate from the festival / TUs for a number of reasons
- to encourage community involvement / engagement
- to ensure year round engagement
- to promote the history of the chainmakers
- to enable access to new funding streams
Chainmakers Festival 2014
We congratulate Midlands TUC employees and those involved with the organisation of the 2013 Chainmakers’ Festival in Cradley Heath.