Anthony Broxton

The Brink: “I’ll tell you and you’ll listen” The Neil Kinnock speech that lives on

The moment of pure political theatre that endures its legacy thirty-five years on  It was at Preston railway station, in September 1985, as he made his way back to London from the TUC Conference that Neil Kinnock realised his time had come. Picking up the Lancashire Evening Post, the Labour leader read of the latest saga… Continue reading The Brink: “I’ll tell you and you’ll listen” The Neil Kinnock speech that lives on

Anthony Broxton

Managed Decline: The Lost World of Rugby League England

A new book celebrates 125 years of rugby league but shines a light on a world that the sport has left behind  It is May 1934 and early morning rain puts King George V and Queen Mary off attending the Challenge Cup final at Wembley. In their place, Lord Derby is the guest of honour… Continue reading Managed Decline: The Lost World of Rugby League England

Anthony Broxton

Soul Love: Labour’s 70s Rebrand

Costing £100,000, the Labour’s got life and soul’ was a five week PR blitz launched on August 31st1969.  After eighteen months of research, David Kingsley of Kinglsey, Manton and Palmer came up with the ‘soul’ theme.  Their advertising firm had been previously responsible for a Salvation Army slogan “For God’s sake, Care” The campaign sought… Continue reading Soul Love: Labour’s 70s Rebrand

Anthony Broxton

Never Had It So Good: 1959 and Must Labour Lose?

October 8th 1959 General Election. Shock as Labour suffer third defeat in a row and 'SuperMac' triumphs  After Suez - and eight years of Conservative rule - voters agree that 'they've never had it so good'.... The story of the election that triggered the question: ‘Must Labour Lose?’ Gaitskell and Bevin were in Leningrad when… Continue reading Never Had It So Good: 1959 and Must Labour Lose?

Anthony Broxton

Feed a Family this Christmas: The Historic ‘Labour Movement’ Calendar

This year, Christmas and the New Year might feel a bit different than usual. But while it will be tough not seeing relatives, most of us can hopefully look forward to a festive break in secure homes where we can feel safe, warm, and well fed For thousands, perhaps millions of people, decisions will have… Continue reading Feed a Family this Christmas: The Historic ‘Labour Movement’ Calendar

Guest Writers

End of an Era: A Political Earthquake in Sussex by the Sea

Thirty years on, how significant was the Eastbourne by-election?  By Paul Richards Thirty years ago, the people of Eastbourne, a sedate seaside town in East Sussex, went to the polls in a parliamentary by-election, caused by the assassination of Conservative MP Ian Gow by the IRA. It came amidst the choppiest of political waters for… Continue reading End of an Era: A Political Earthquake in Sussex by the Sea

Anthony Broxton

Contributers Wanted: Write For Tides of History

We always encourage upcoming writers, historians and enthusiasts to contribute to the project. If you have an idea for an article we would be delighted to publish your work and give you space and a platform to promote your ideas. Any work does not have to be the finished article or argument but can instead be… Continue reading Contributers Wanted: Write For Tides of History

Anthony Broxton

Building an Online Labour Archive

Building an Online Labour Archive It recently came to our attention that a collection of rare Labour Party pamphlets and posters are for sale in the Bolerium bookstore in San Francisco. The pamphlets range from the 1920’s through to the 80’s and include policy programmes, pamphlets on fundraising (thrift shops, garden barbecues, prize bingo!), handbooks… Continue reading Building an Online Labour Archive