Protests, Pickets and Sit-ins: 50 years of the University of Essex

firstsite, Colchester

The University of Essex played a central role in the student protests of May 1968 in the UK. This evening’s speakers will consider the chaotic and contradictory events of this period, as a fledgling university found its feet. John Hayne’s research while making the first cuts of his documentary film ‘Mustard’ have revealed fascinating insights into this turbulent period in the University’s early years. What Colchester thought of this can be revealed through press cuttings that trace the relationship between 50 years of town and gown; from anti-Vietnam protests outside Harold Wilson’s honorary degree ceremony in 1967, to student support of the IRA in a garrison town and the establishment of one of the first University Lesbian and Gay societies.

Speakers: John Haynes and Jess Kenny, University of Essex

6.15 – 7.30pm, firstsite, Colchester

£6, £3.50 concessions, £3 members, booking essential. Visit firstsite or ring 01206 577067

Image Credit: Protest outside Colchester Town Hall, 1967 when Harold Wilson received an honorary degree. Students and locals were angry at Wilson’s limp response to the Vietnam War.

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