The People’s History Museum in Salford is staging an exhibition called Reds! The Story of the Communist Party of Great Britain. It was a party dominated by men – usually working class men. But in the 1930’s it started to attract educated women - and they brought with them their creative talents.
Barbara Niven is typical of these new recruits. She was middle-class, a Cambridge graduate and an artist. But her fellow communists knew her best as the person who kept the communist newspaper, The Daily Worker, going through the 1940’s and 50’s.