Fowler’s film mixes archive footage with newly-shot material, tracing the extraordinary influence of the Marxist historian Edward Palmer Thompson on the post-war cultural scene, from his early days as youthful firebrand at the University of Leeds to his longstanding commitment to the Workers’ Education Association (WEA) in the West Riding of Yorkshire, teaching classes in literature and history to miners, factory workers and the unemployed. Many, like Thompson, wanted to use teaching to create ‘revolutionaries’ and pursue the original WEA values of delivering a ‘socially purposeful’ education for working-class communities. The film explores the issues that were at stake for educationalists at that time, a struggle that resonates today within the current market-led higher education system.

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