Papers relating to the Ken Coates Memorial Lecture Series

Scope and Content

Material compiled by the organisors of the inaugural Ken Coates Memorial Lecture in June 2015, includes:

Flyers publicising the inaugural lecture and a list prepared for the event of books by Ken Coates published by Spokesman Books, of Russell House, Bulwell Lane, Nottingham

Draft version of a bibliography dated 8 June 2015, prepared by Tom Unterrainer, one of the introductory speakers at the inaugural lecture

Photographs and accompanying captions depicting Ken Coates' life and career, which were played as a slideshow during the lecture, showing Ken Coates throughout his life. Includes photographs of protest marches, his time as a miner and as a student and academic at the University of Nottingham, his parliamentary work, meetings with famous individuals including the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, Fyodor Burlatsky, and Tony Benn, etc.

Text of speech made by Tony Simpson, of Russell Press Ltd and the Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation

Text of lecture given by Frances O'Grady, General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress, entitled 'The Future of the Left - where next for Britain's labour movement?'.

Born digital ephemera collected relating to the inaugural lecture:

A selection of photographs downloaded from the Facebook page of the Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice along with screenshots of the Facebook album and timeline.

Blog by Andreas Bieler entitled 'The Future of the Left – Where next for Britain’s labour movement?', published on Ballots & Bullets, the blog site of the School of Politics and International Relations, University of Nottingham.

Administrative / Biographical History

The inaugural Ken Coates Memoral Lecture was held at the University of Nottingham on 3rd June 2015, given by Frances O'Grady, General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress, and entitled 'The Future of the Left - where next for Britain's labour movement?'. Introductory speakers were Tom Unterrainer, and Tony Simpson, editor of The Spokesman, journal of the Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation, and a director of Russell Press printers, who spoke about Ken Coates and his legacy. The talks were followed by questions from the audience.


Material relating to further memorial lectures will be added to this collection periodically. There was no memorial lecture in 2016.

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Other Finding Aids

This description is the only finding aid available for the collection. Copyright in the description belongs to The University of Nottingham

Conditions Governing Use

Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult.

Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in writing from the Keeper of Manuscripts and Special Collections

Reprographic copies can be supplied for educational and private study purposes only, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.

Custodial History

Materials were supplied by Tony Simpson and Nicole Morris of Spokesman Books, who organised the event; other born digital materials relating to the event were subsequently collected from various sources.

Related Material

Papers of Richard (Bill) Silburn relating to his work with Ken Coates upon poverty in the St Ann's and Edwards Lane areas of Nottingham in the 1960s; 1960s-1970s (Ref: MS 875)

Papers of Ken Coates (1930-2010) special professor of Adult Education at the University of Nottingham, sociologist and politician (Ref: KCS)

Ken Coates Collection (printed books) (Ref: KCC)


A video recording of Frances O'Grady's speech was published on social media shortly after the event available on the University's Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice website:, accessed 24/07/2017