New book: Occupy! Occupy! Occupy! Comic Book

A new comic book, funded by the Trust, has been released by Govanhill Baths. It is a people’s history of occupations, featuring industrial, community, student and environmental occupations in Scotland from the 1940s till now: Squatting (1946); Upper Clyde Shipbuilders (1971); Lee Jeans (1981); Lovable Bra (1982); Plessey Capacitors (1982), Faslane (1982-ongoing); Timex (1983); Price … Continued

Apply for our Political Research Fellowship

The Barry Amiel and Norman Melburn Trust is recruiting for our annual political research fellowship.   The fellowship is intended to facilitate research with a socialist orientation, consistent with the broad aims of the Trust. The research fellowship is an initiative which is carried out in conjunction with a partner organisation.    This year we … Continued

Jodi Dean ‘Becoming Neofeudal: The Inner Logic Of Communicative Capitalism’ – Barry Amiel & Norman Melburn Trust Annual Lecture

When: 17 June 2022, 18:00 — 21:00 Venue: Birkbeck Main Building, Clore Lecture Theatre, Birkbeck, University of London, Clore Management Centre, Torrington Square, London, WC1E 7JL Book your place Due to popular non-London-based demand, the lecture will also be livestreamed. You can attend and participate virtually by clicking on this link tomorrow, at 6pm.  The end of the … Continued

New podcast: Give Us Work Not Dole Part 1

The first instalment of a special 3-part podcast exploring the November 1979 workers’ occupation of Liverpool’s Binns Road Meccano plant. The podcast is presented by labour historian Dr Greig Campbell and features a discussion with John Lynch and Frank Bloor, the two former shop stewards who spearheaded the 103-day long struggle for jobs. The research … Continued

New film from Open City on Marxist architecture in London

Open City has launched the first of a four part film series examining London’s architecture through the lens of Marxist theory, funded by the Amiel and Melburn Trust. Focussing on the idea of the ‘social condenser’, and centring around four key buildings, they will examine how architecture has the power to embed theory into tangible … Continued

Appointment of 2021-22 Research Fellow

Appointment of 2021-22 Research Fellow The Barry Amiel & Norman Melburn Trust in partnership with the Article 11 Trust is pleased to announce the appointment of Rachel Currie as this year’s Research Fellow. Rachel will investigate the right to protest in the UK. This The Fellowship project will develop the evidence base and analysis to address three … Continued

Irish Writers and the Thirties: Art, Exile and War

The Trust is pleased to announce that Karina Goldstone has now completed her project funded by the Trust culminating in the publication of her book Irish Writers and the Thirties: Art, Exile and War. This original study focusing on four Irish writers – Leslie Daiken, Charles Donnelly, Ewart Milne and Michael Sayers – retrieves a … Continued

Raymond Williams Tapes

The Trust is pleased to announce that Dr Phil O’Brien has now completed his project funded by the Trust transcribing, digitising, publishing, and making available online recordings of a series of Raymond Williams lectures on Marxism, literature, politics, and culture from the 1970s and 1980s. The recordings are available here.   Four of the lecture … 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

Take a Walk Round Baron’s Manor

A walk devised with the support of the Barry Amiel and Norman Melburn Trust for inclusion in So We Live: the novels of Alexander Baron, a book edited by Susie Thomas, Andrew Whitehead and Ken Worpole and published in June 2019 by Five Leaves. Alexander Baron was brought up in the streets where Stoke Newington shades … Continued