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Commemorating the Jarrow Crusade: why the march remains relevant today

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.