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Durham University

Centre for Visual Arts and Culture

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Britain’s Secret Red Purge

21st May 2019, 17:45 to 18:45, Gala Theatre, Durham, Dr Jennifer Luff

Between the early 1920s and the late 1940s, the British government operated a large programme to identify, blacklist and dismiss suspected Communists working in HMG’s munitions factories, shipyards and scientific establishments. It was kept secret from British workers and the British public; it has remained so until now. This lecture tells the story and reflects on its implications for modern British history and contemporary politics.

A season of events celebrating the history, art and culture of County Durham, organised in partnership by Durham County Council and the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture.

Tickets are free but booking is recommended; please contact the Gala Theatre on 03000 266 600 or visit

Please note a small number of tickets will be available at the venue on the night of the event.

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