Introducing Urgent Small Awards

Urgent Small Awards From May 2024 the Trust is trialing a new funding scheme: Urgent Small Awards. We have created this scheme in recognition of the fact that small and grassroots organisations can face unforeseen circumstances in which a small amount of support can go a long way. Urgent Small Awards will therefore meet small … Continued

2023 Lecture recording now available

The recording from the 2023 Barry Amiel and Norman Melburn annual lecture is now available. Watch the lecture below or via this link Michael Hardt: the subversive 1970s: the end of mediation and experiments in autonomy from The Derek Jarman Lab on Vimeo. In the 1970s activists in several countries conceived as “the end of … Continued

Launch: The Decolonial Centre

The Trust is delighted to have supported the Decolonial Centre (DCC), a new initiative from the Pluto Educational Trust. The DCC is a digital platform that serves as both a forum for decolonial and anti-colonial thought and a space for political education. It distinguishes itself from other decolonial initiatives by its recognition that ‘decolonisation is … Continued

Vacancy: Trust Coordinator

2.5 days (18 hours) per week, £45,000 pro rata (£22,500 per annum)   The Barry Amiel Norman Melburn Trust is seeking someone with strong organisational and relationship-building skills and a passion and commitment to socialist political education to be our new Coordinator. The role will coordinate and administer our grant-giving programme, as well as supporting … Continued

Invite: Pelican House Summer Fete 2023

  The Trust is happy to support the Pelican House Summer Fete 2023! A free family event open to all. A chance to connect with people working and living in Tower Hamlets. There will be games for all ages, Music, Performances, Zine-making, face painting, Art and Crafts, workshops on the cost of living crisis and … Continued

‘Popular education is more needed than ever’: research release

Marjorie Mayo, a long time trustee, has published an important academic article with Fiona Ranford on radical popular education. This comes off the back of our 2019 Fellowship collaboration with The World Transformed which hoped to learn from other radical education projects. The research shares learning that will strengthen the culture of transformative political education … Continued

Appointment of 2022-23 Research Fellow

The Barry Amiel & Norman Melburn Trust, in partnership with the Independent Workers’ union of Great Britain (IWGB), is pleased to announce the appointment of Joe Durbidge as this year’s Research Fellow. Joe’s research will be in two parts: first, undertaking strategic research with branches for upcoming campaigns, including examining company accounts, identifying decision makers … Continued

Report: Towards an Understanding of Contemporary Practices of Transformative Political Education

With The World Transformed, we are proud to announce the launch of an extensive, 140 page report into political education projects from across Britain and Ireland. Beginning in 2019, the purpose of this project was to learn from other inspiring and radical education projects and share learning that might strengthen the culture of transformative political education in … Continued