Dr Matt Perry, School of History, Classics and Archaeology, Newcastle University
Date/Time: 20th October 2016
The Jarrow Crusade began on 5 October 1936, when 200 unemployed men marched 291 miles from Jarrow to London to present a petition to the House of Commons asking for work. It has entered into the mythology of the 1930s and forms a part of North East identity.
Matt Perry, author of Jarrow Crusade: Protest and Legend, examined the Jarrow Crusade’s unique appeal, its continued relevance and the efforts to commemorate it.