Desmond Rochfort and Paul Butler

In 1986 the TUC commissioned a mural at its National Education Centre in Crouch End, North London. The cost was jointly funded by the Edwin Austin Abbey Memorial Trust and the Trades Union Congress.

Entitled ‘Labour in History – the Struggle for Progress’ it measured 12.75m x 3.75m and covered a wall in the Common Room. It was destroyed in 1999.

 

Desmond Rochfort, ‘Labour in History – the Struggle for Progress’ (detail), acrylic on concrete render (photo by Joy Chamberlin)

 

David Binnington, Paul Butler, Desmond Rochfort and Ray Walker, ‘The Cable Street Mural’, St. George’s Town Hall, Cable Street, London, E.1., May 1983 (photo by David Hoffman)

‘The Cable Street Mural’ was commissioned by Tower Hamlets Arts Committee and commemorated the Battle of Cable Street when, on 4 October 1936, over a quarter of a million people assembled and prevented Oswald Mosley and his British Union of Fascists from marching through West Stepney. Journeyman printed this 4-page folded card for East End Impressions.

Desmond Rochfort, 'Labour in History - the Struggle for Progress' (detail), 1986 (photo by Joy Chamberlin)
Paul Butler, 'Labour in History - the struggle for Progress' (detail), 1986 (photo by Joy Chamberlin)
Paul Butler, 'Labour in History - the Struggle for Progress' (detail), 1986 (photo by Joy Chamberlin)
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