Keir Hardie Centenary Conference

The Working Class Movement Library will be marking the centenary of the death of James Keir Hardie with a conference to celebrate the impact he had on British society and the legacy he left for those who followed.

Hardie signature headshotHardie died on 26 September 1915 at the comparatively young age of 59. But in those 59 years he changed the political landscape of Britain.

The Keir Hardie Centenary Conference in Salford on Saturday 26 September 2015 will feature a keynote address from Labour historian David Howell of the University of York followed by papers on Hardie’s relationship with Wales and Ireland, and an afternoon session on Hardie and leadership.

Attendance costs £20 or £7.50 (unwaged), including refreshments and lunch. Places must be reserved and paid for in advance by emailing Royston Futter on

Organised by the Working Class Movement Library and De Montfort University, Leicester, the conference is sponsored and supported by the North West Labour History Society, the Society for the Study of Labour History and the Keir Hardie Society.

The full programme is as follows:
9.45-10.00        Registration and refreshments
10.00-10.15      Welcome and Address from Professor (Lord) Kenneth O. Morgan
10.15-11.45      Keynote Address
‘Remembering Keir Hardie’, Professor David Howell, University of York
11.45-1.15       Celtic Hardie
Martin Wright, Cardiff University: ‘Keir Hardie and Wales
Mike Mecham, St Mary’s University, London: ‘“The Wisdom of Serpents”: Keir Hardie and Ireland’
1.15-2.15        Lunch
2.15-3.45        Hardie and Leadership
Kevin Morgan, University of Manchester: ‘Hardie, Carlyle and the Hero’
Daryl Leeworthy, Cardiff University: ‘Keir Hardie and the Great Unrest: Struggles, Strikes, and Internationalism’
3.45-4.15       Refreshments, Round Table and Closing Remarks
4.15-5.00       Optional Library Tour


More details from the Working Class Movement Library.

Details of more events to mark the centenary of Hardie’s death are available here.