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Lecture on the 1837 Tillicoultry Weavers’ Strike

Published: 12 Mar 2014 12:000 comments

THE Friends of Clackmannanshire Museum and Heritage Service are set to hear another interesting talk, on the 1837 Tillicoultry Weavers’ Strike.

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Dr Mark Nixon – an independent historian and curator and an honorary postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Edinburgh – will speak of what happened when the weavers were engaged in a bitter dispute with local mill owners, who were trying to force them to accept a wage cut, tonight (Wednesday 12 March).

Drawing on the accounts of the strike – including the first confrontation on the road by Tait’s Tomb, the private burial ground of the Tait family (John Tait was Sheriff of Clackmannanshire at the time) – in the evidence produced for the trial, Dr Nixon will describe what happened and place the dispute within the wider picture of industrial relations and working-class politics in 19th century Scotland.

The talk will take place in St Mungo’s RC Church Hall, Mar Street, Alloa, at 7.30pm.

The evening will be rounded off with the usual refreshments and a fundraising raffle.

If you would like to attend but are not a Friend yet, then please go along to the lecture.

All that is asked is that you make a small donation to the funds.

If you would like further information, please contact Susan Mills at Clackmannanshire Council Museum and Heritage Service, 15 Mar Street, Alloa FK10 1HR (01259 216913).

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