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Friends of Women Chainmakers present an evening with Cathy Hunt
Tuesday 22 October 

18:30 - 21:00

Cradley Heath, B64 6DR

The TUC are pleased to support this Friends of the Women Chainmakers event as they present an evening with historian and author Cathy Hunt as she launches her new biography of Mary Macarthur.

About this Event - booking necessary
In her new biography, Cathy uncovers the previously unreported history of the fascinating woman that was Mary Macarthur and her pivotal role in the improving the lives of British women. Cathy seeks to understand what motivated this extraordinary individual and why she chose the path that she did, particularly at a time when it was still far from common for a middle-class woman to appear on public platforms.


Mary is possibly best known for her charismatic leadership and championing of the Women Chainmakers. This evening event will perfectly mark the end of the 10 week strike which ended on the 22 October 1910. The collective victory resulted with the women receiving the country’s first ever minimum wage! It was a triumph but it was by no means an isolated event for Mary Macarthur "the Angel of the Workers". As leader of the country’s first all-female general trade union, the National Federation of Women Workers, she travelled the length and breadth of the country making sure that women were strengthened by better pay and working conditions and trade union membership, even standing for Parliament in 1918 as one of the first ever female candidates!

Come along and find out more about Mary Macarthur. Cathy will give a talk about Mary the union leader, her travels and friendships, love and marriage, family and motherhood, all explored within the context of her times. There will be a few other treats in store too!

This is a great opportunity to be one of the first to buy and take home your very own book as they are on sale on the night. There will of course be a chance to meet Cathy and to have your copy signed by the author herself.


Old Hill Primary School, Lawrence Lane, Cradley Heath B64 6DR





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annual Midlands TUC Chainmakers Festival, Saturday 6th July 2019,  the largest celebration in Britain of women's political history.

11.00 - 20.00 | Mary Macarthur Gardens
This year the festival was revamped with all activities taking place in Mary Macarthur Gardens.

Stalls, the new 'Leftfield Tent' withactivities for kids, as well as political debate, with panels exploring the role of women in trade unions and society and how to organise young workers.

The much loved theatrical re-enactment  with a banner parade around Cradley Heath,plus main tent with speeches and music.

Headlining the festival was the Latin funk band Wara


Leftfield Tent
12.00 Children’s activities workshop (and 'Call to Arms')
13.00 Young Workers Panel debate
14.00 ‘Women in Leadership’ panel
14:30 Victory Speech
14:45 Banner Parade

Main Tent
15.10 Third Junction
16.15 Steph Peacock MP
16.30 Sunflower Thieves
17.35 Cathy Hunt & Louise Townsend
17.45 Emily Lockett
18.15 Wara


It re-enacts the struggle and celebrates the achievements and strugle of the trade union movement both then and now. 

Tired of working day and night for starvation wages, the Women Chainmakers of Cradley Heath in the Black Country in 1910, downed their hammers and stood up for their right to earn a living wage.

Led by the founder of the National Federation of Women Workers, Mary Macarthur,  their ten week strike successfully established the right to a minimum wage.



 This year’s event will be exclusively held on Mary Macarthur Gardens (junction Lower High St/Sydney St) with a banner parade up the High Street at Cradley Heath.

 The iconic heart of the famous struggle where the Chainmakers worked, lived - and fought their successful ten week dispute to secure a minimum wage for their sector. 

marymacarthurA family friendly street festival involving market stalls, fun fair rides, speeches, street theatre, music and debate.
The bigest annual celebration of women's history in Britain.
 For more information please contact organisers Midlands TUC 0121 2626380 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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With help from the Friends of the Women Chainmakers       contact:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 





How to get to  Cradley Heath from Wolverhampton by train: 

off-peak Day Return  
leave  Wolverhampton Rail Station, taking London Midland train towards Walsall
change at Smethwick Galton Bridge Rail Station 
 take London Midland train towards Kidderminster
arrive at Cradley Heath Rail Station                        see the journey planner here....