Talk by Dr Steven Woodbridge: The League of Nations Union in Richmond

Mon 11 February 2019
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Duke Street Church

Dr Steven Woodbridge

Dr Steven Woodbridge is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Kingston. He is a specialist in 20th-century British and European history, with particular expertise in British fascist ideology and the wider nature of fascism and the contemporary extreme right. He also has research interests in local history, the history of film, political thought, and the secret state. He has contributed sevarl articles to our annual journal, Richmond History, and gave a very well received talk to us in March 2017 on Richmond and the Right: The National Citizens Union, British Fascists and other fringe groups in the interwar period.

Semi-official flag of the League of Nations

The League of Nations, a predecessor organisation to the United Nations, was founded in 1920 as a result of the Paris Peace Conference that ended the First World War. It was the first worldwide intergovernmental organisation that had a principal mission to maintain world peace.

The League of Nations Union was formed in the UK in 1918  to lobby for the wholehearted accceptance by the British people of the League of Nations, and also to raise awareness at local level of wider international and world issues.  It became one of Britain’s  largest and most influential organisations during the interwar period, National membership peaked in 1931 at just over 400,000.

Steven Woodbridge will talk about the history of the union’s branch in Richmond, which was formed in May 1919 after a public meeting at the Castle Theatre. He will explore issues that the branch campaigned on and provide stories about some of its social activities such as dances, film shows and educational activities. He will also look at some of the key personalities who became its members and activitists.


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