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Exhibition Talk

Roger Huddle & Dr Fred Reid / 'A Select History of Socialist Sunday Schools'

Scotland Street School, 225 Scotland Street, Glasgow, G5 8QB

29 April 2012

Socialist, writer, activist and historian Roger Huddle and historian, activist and former Socialist Sunday School student Dr Fred Reid gave a historical and personal account of the Socialist Sunday School movement.

'The Glasgow Schools' was a project by artist Ruth Ewan. It mapped out the city’s Proletarian, Socialist Sunday and Socialist Fellowship Schools, part of a network of alternative educational organisations that once spread across the UK, of which Glasgow was a particular centre. The schools explored a spectrum of left-wing ideologies with children and young adults, from the Marxist revolutionary zeal of Tom Anderson’s Proletarian Schools (1918 – c1939) to the Christian leaning ethics of the early Socialist Sunday Schools (1896 – 1965), which later evolved into the Socialist Fellowship (1965 – 1980).