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  Barbara Niven, 1930s artist and campaigner 08 Apr 2004  
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.

Judy Merry went to find more about her.

Reds! Communism in Britain at the People's History Museum


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