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Exhibitions & events

In Place of Strife

Current exhibition:

In Place of Strife

Fifty years ago, the conflict between the Harold Wilson Labour Government and the trade unions over Secretary of State for Employment Barbara Castle’s White Paper In Place of Strife was one of the pivotal moments of post-war British Industrial Relations. It pitched voluntarist ideas of ‘free collective bargaining’ against ideas of economic planning and public policy concerns about strikes, inflation and restrictive practices. The White Paper followed the 1968 Donovan Report and preceded Heath’s Conservative 1971 Industrial Relations Act.

The Modern Records Centre's exhibition contains archives relating to the proposed legislation and the debate and protests that followed, including internal documents from the archives of the Trades Union Congress. The MRC will be hosting a conference on In Place of Strife on Saturday 27 April.


Upcoming events:

In Place of Strife (1969): Trade Union legal rights & responsibilities revisited

27 April 2019, 11 am - 4 pm

One day seminar on one of the pivotal moments of post-war British Industrial Relations.


Past exhibitions:

Missed our past exhibitions? Online versions of some are available through our website.


Past events:

Crafting Resistance: The art of Chilean political prisoners

An exhibition co-curated by Jasmine Gideon, Birkbeck, University of London, and Gloria Miqueles, Chilean ex-political prisoner, held at the MRC between 30 October - 17 November 2017.

Community Speaker Series

The Community Speakers Series offered an opportunity for community members, independent scholars, academics, and students to come together to discuss a topic of importance or interest to the local community. Each talk was accompanied by an interactive exhibition of related archival material held at the MRC.

Open Education Series

The Open Education Series was a monthly series of events organized by students at the University of Warwick on topics that have been mostly excluded or challenge the Eurocentric academic curriculum. The series utilised the resources of the MRC, a unique archive housing primary sources on modern British social, political and economic history and allowed for attendees to engage with original source material.

Archives Alive

A project that involved working with local schools to develop pupils' research skills and encourage them to engage with primary sources.