The Trust is sad to record the retirement of Mary Kennedy as one of our Trustees, but equally grateful for her contribution to our work. Mary was closely involved in second wave feminism in Britain from a very early stage as a participant at the first Women’s Liberation Movement conference at Ruskin College in 1970. Still committed and engaged today, her 1985 book (with Mary Hughes) New Futures: Changing Women’s Education came out in a new edition in 2017: a remarkable tribute to its significance and Mary’s prescience. Mary always matched her academic career with political and social engagement whether it was researching home workers in North London or arguing the case for the inclusion of Women’s Studies in university curricula.
That personal engagement was shown at our Trust meetings where Mary always looked carefully at our bids and would argue a case where she thought we needed to support a cause that was ‘getting lost’. Her feminism reminded us all of the importance of gender politics in what we can do as a fund.
We will all remember her generosity of spirit (including giving up her home for meetings and preparing delicious refreshments) and the major contribution she made to the Trust’s work. Thank you, Mary.
The Lipman Miliband Trust is looking for new trustees. The Trust’s mission is to support the practice and dissemination of socialist research and education. For over forty years we have been providing financial assistance to a wide range of projects and campaigns on the left, including Marxist, feminist, green, anti-racist and international solidarity organisations.
We are looking for individuals of all backgrounds with broad experience of transformative social movements and left wing politics who can offer long-term commitment to the work of the Trust. You will need to attend evening meetings in London around four times a year at which grant awards are decided. Together with your co-trustees, you would also share responsibility for the management of the Trust and for decisions about its future direction. The role is unpaid but travel and reasonable accommodation expenses are covered.
If you are interested in applying, please email firstname.lastname@example.org by 1 September, with a brief statement (maximum 750 words) outlining relevant experience and your thoughts on how you might contribute to the Trust’s work. Please note that shortlisted candidates should be able for interview in London in the week beginning 2 October.
The Trust was deeply saddened at the death of Doreen Massey who was a valued member of our Board of Trustees. Doreen was a clear sighted and thoughtful Trustee with strong roots in the Labour and Socialist movements and her wise counsel will be sorely missed not just by us. We are most grateful for the legacy she left us and will be taking appropriate steps to remember Doreen.
Here is Red Pepper’s tribute
We are delighted to welcome Cilla Ross as a new Trustee. Cilla is Cooperative Learning and Development Manager at the Cooperative College and describes herself as an ‘education activist’. She has long experience and active engagement with trade unions and co-operatives both in the UK and abroad. She has worked with the EDGE fund, the WEA and is currently part of a Co-operative University Working Group. We look forward to the contribution she will make to the Trust’s work.
The Trust is delighted that two books that we have been able to support have recently come to publication. Shelia Rowbotham’s Rebel Crossings (Verso) has received wide publicity and excellent reviews. It makes a major contribution to socialist knowledge and education as does the more recent book Protest: Stories of Resistance (Comma Press) edited by Ra Page which combines fictionalised accounts of key moments in radical British history with notes from respected academics. The Trust was impressed by this imaginative way of presenting history and encouraging others to adopt an innovative approach.