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Spirit of Revolt Archives

STRIKES: The Strike of the Glasgow Weavers 1787 with Dr Elspeth King

Thu 7 December 2023

Wheelchair accessible

Wheelchair accessible

A black and white etching of weavers at work.

Hogarth Etching of Weavers

Here is Glasgow's first recorded strike in 1787 which saw working class strikers shot dead by the State for 'combining' or forming a union which was illegal. They rallied 7000 supporters on Glasgow Green, used petitions, demonstrations and sabotage to fight for justice. You can visit their grave in the Weavers Cemetery in Abercrombie Street, Glasgow. Dr Elspeth King curator and activist will take us through the escalation of this struggle followed by a member of the Industrial Workers of the World who will take us through local events and discuss revolutionary syndicalism.

Spirit of Revolt Archives: Open Forums

Based on their Collections of radical events Clydeside, online at this is the second of six Open Forum Meetings hosted by Spirit of Revolt Archives of dissent. These meetings lead up to May Day 2024.

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Event Type

Talks & Events


Creative Lab


6:30pm — 9:00pm


All ages


Free and unticketed


Wheelchair accessible