Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/996/27404

From The Socialist newspaper, 23 May 2018

Documentary: Mass Trespass

We can learn about struggle from the mass trespass of Kinder Scout

400 young workers took part in the mass trespass of Kinder Scout, still from 'Mass Trespass' by WellRedFilms

400 young workers took part in the mass trespass of Kinder Scout, still from 'Mass Trespass' by WellRedFilms   (Click to enlarge)

Val Binney

The story of the mass trespass by hundreds of young working people from Manchester and Sheffield on Kinder Scout, to establish the 'right to roam', is remembered with pride.

But younger generations enjoying the freedoms of the Peak District and other green areas of the countryside may have little knowledge of how hard-won these rights were. A new short film, 'Mass Trespass' by WellRedFilms, released for the 86th anniversary of the mass trespass in April 1932, helps set this right.

Succinctly it tells the story of the mass action lead by a group of ramblers, including Benny Rothman, a Young Communist from Manchester. It shows wonderful old footage from the mass trespass itself and discusses its significance with local environmentalists today, including some relatives of the original trespassers.

One narrator describes how young people working long hours in the factories of the surrounding cities longed to get out onto the green hills of the Peak District. But they were largely prohibited from venturing on private land, maintained by wealthy landowners for the short grouse-shooting season each year.

Protesters

The video shows how Benny Rothman stepped up to the plate. In the presence of police he urged the 400 protesters to set off for the top of Kinder, breaking the law.

Once they reached private land higher up, gamekeepers were waiting to block their way. The police joined in and scuffles ensued. Six of the leaders, including Benny, were arrested and charged with affray.

The trial of Benny Rothman and the others is convincingly re-enacted in the video in black and white, giving a sense of the arrogance of the ruling

class and landowners of the time. Rothman's court speech defending himself is the highlight of the video.

Their sentence, four months in prison, generated mass publicity. This contributed to the creation of the Peak District National Park, England's first, and later the establishment of the right to roam.

The film makes the point that we can never be complacent about the rights won by the mass trespass and its aftermath. Benny's son, Harry, says that if his father and friends were alive today they would be campaigning against fracking below our green spaces and joining the fight for clean air and against other threats to our environment.

Mass Trespass urges us to get out there and fight for the kind of world we want, making the story highly relevant today.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 23 May 2018:


What we think

Tories prepare for possible snap election


Socialist Party news and analysis

Capitalism's Grenfell shame - Tories must go

Homeless charity colluding to deport homeless!

Youthful enthusiasm to break with repression of past

New Ebola threat

Government continues to back failed private rail

Support refugees rights


France '68

May 1968: 'Communist' leaders hand power back to defeated bosses


Socialist Party workplace news

Victory: how school strike beat 'academy' privatisers

Threat to unity of PCS left

PCS conference votes for strike action

Solid strike at Tesco Dagenham distribution centre forces pay talks

Services disappearing from Harrogate

College staff caught between the devil and the deep blue sea

First ever strike at TGI Fridays


International socialist news and analysis

Yes to the struggle to lift the siege

Tax Amazon movement wins in Seattle


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Stop Trump! Build for 13 July student walkouts

Student leaders claim one million on the streets against Brexit - fight for a workers' exit

Let's sell 1,000 extra copies of issue 1000!

Leicester socialists fight poverty-paying sweatshops

Sheffield Pride organisers defeated in attempt to ban politics

40 attend Socialist Party housing campaign launch in Windsor


Section 28

30 years on from Section 28: the legacy of fighting LGBT+ attacks must continue


Opinion

How 'Prevent' training fosters racist paranoia

Ads won't fix it: fight mental health cuts as well as stigma

We can learn about struggle from the mass trespass of Kinder Scout

The Socialist Inbox


 

Home   |   The Socialist 23 May 2018   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Film:

triangleNae Pasaran: a film about working-class solidarity

triangle'Lucas Plan' film tells story of workers who set out alternative to job losses

triangle1821 Cinderloo uprising: "The crowd thought it had nothing else to lose"

trianglePeterloo film exposes bloody nature of capitalism

Green:

triangleArgentina: The struggle for women's lives has been painted green!

triangleWaltham Forest Socialist Party: Global warming

triangleSheffield tree fellings paused as bully Labour council feels pressure

triangleMay's silence is a green light for Chinese repression

Police:

triangleEyewitness: French protesters seize streets against President Macron

Manchester:

triangleManchester Socialist Party: Marx's theory of alienation

triangleArriva Rail North under pressure after nineteenth Saturday strike

Reviews and comments

Reviews and comments

12/12/18

The Socialist

The Socialist quiz of 2018

12/12/18

Obituary

Obituary - Beth Roper (1990-2018) - comrade, friend and fighter

28/11/18

Trump

Trump is capricious and dangerous - but is he really in charge?

28/11/18

Theatre

Wonderful socialist play finds Edwardian poverty not in past

28/11/18

Poverty

End "poverty, ill health and despair":a benefits adviser speaks out against the cuts

21/11/18

Letters

The Socialist inbox

21/11/18

Blairites

Nothing to offer from the Blairites

14/11/18

Letters

The Socialist inbox

14/11/18

Theatre

Theatre: The Last Seam - a lasting tribute to Mary Jackson

14/11/18

Jeremy Corbyn

Engaging book about Corbyn's rise doesn't provide answers on how to change Labour

7/11/18

Film

Nae Pasaran: a film about working-class solidarity

7/11/18

Letters

The Socialist inbox

31/10/18

Lucas Aerospace

'Lucas Plan' film tells story of workers who set out alternative to job losses

31/10/18

Letters

The Socialist inbox

24/10/18

Letters

The Socialist Inbox

triangleMore Reviews and comments articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0784 114 4890

North West 07769 611 320

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


December 2018

November 2018

October 2018

September 2018

August 2018

July 2018

June 2018

May 2018

April 2018

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999