Past Present Future is a 25-minute video documentary made in 2005 for and about the Working Class Movement Library, a Charitable Trust located in Salford. Their primary aims are the preservation, conservation, dissemination and study of British and Irish labour history from the 1760's to the present day.
The film is not only about the history of the Library, the individuals who set it up and how it operates but also why working class voices and history still have important things to say to to-day's political and cultural debates.
In early March 2003 I started a long journey that in November 2005 reached its destination, or at least a major staging post, with the premiere of Past Present Future at the 2005 Salford Film Festival. It is a 25-minute video documentary made about the Working Class Movement Library, a Charitable Trust located at Jubilee House in Salford whose 38 rooms, contain many thousands of books, pamphlets, prints, banners, photos and important items relating to the last two hundred years of labour history. It's narrated by Christopher Eccleston with original music by Stephen Hopkins. For more information see johncrumpton.co.uk/page8.htm