Archibald Gorrie


Political memorabilia of Archibald Gorrie (died 1941) relating to the Labour movement in Leicestershire in the period ca.1889 -1909. Gorrie was a supporter of the socialist pioneer Thomas Barclay after hearing him lecture, and subsequently became the branch secretary and benefactor of the Socialist League (Branch 13, Leicester). (Lancaster, B. 1987 Radicalism, Cooperation and Socialism:
Leicester working-class politics 1860-1906
. Leicester Universty Press. pp. 88-89)

The collection consists of 2 boxes off loose papers containing many press cuttings, posters, handbills, circulars, invitations, etc. (some loosely inserted) concerning local groups such as the Leicester Radical Club, Leicester Branch of the Socialist League (of which Gorrie was a founder-member), Leicester Christian Socialist Society and the Leicester Socialist & Anarchist Society. In addition there are 9 mounted posters advertising political meetings and demonstrations.Among the speakers at meetings were Prince Kropotkin, Bernard Shaw, Sidney Webb, John Burns, Annie Besant, representatives of striking miners and dockers, and leading
Leicester socialists. Also included are manuscript notes by Gorrie of the first two meetings of the Leicester Branch of the Socialist League, 11 & 18 October 1889


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