The latest talk in the History Research Seminar Series, organised by Marisa Linton of the History Department at Kingston University, will explore the Middle Classes Union in Britain between the wars.
The talk, entitled ‘Awakening the Nation: The Rise and Fall of the Middle Classes Union in Interwar Britain’, will be given by Dr. Steve Woodbridge, of Kingston University.
It will take place on Tuesday, 23rd February, at 17.00-18.30pm in room JG1004 at the Penryhn Road campus.
During the 1920s an organisation appeared in Britain called the ‘Middle Classes Union’ (MCU), which was designed by its founders to lobby and fight for the ‘man in the middle’ or the ‘middle interest’ in society.
It wanted to ‘awaken the nation’ to the plight of the supposedly hard-pressed middle classes. In 1922 it retitled itself the ‘National Citizens Union’ (NCU) and continued to campaign for the middle classes across the nation.
For a brief period in the 1920s, it became quite an extensive national organisation but drew much of its strength mainly in the south of the country. In the 1930s it went into steady decline, increasingly showing fascist tendencies.
Steve Woodbridge will provide an overview of the MCU based on his recent research, and will explore the organisation at national level but also with particular reference to branches in the Thames Valley area.
All are welcome to attend. Free refreshments will be provided.