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1911 Liverpool General Transport Strike

12 August 2011 by Kay

Engraved silver bowl

Silver porringer. Accession number MMM.2003.280

This silver porringer was presented to Percy R Agnew for services rendered as a special constable at the Liverpool branch of the Bank of England, Castle Street during the 1911 Liverpool General Transport Strike.

Despite the massive police presence in the city, they were under such pressure that many men acted as special constables, 40 of whom were from the Bank’s Liverpool branch. Due to the mass rallies of Liverpool people who came out in support of the strike, reinforcements had to be sent from other parts of the country.

After the riots, these 40 special constables were presented with these bowls (and 3 porters received match boxes).

Percy was son of Frederick Agnew, who was a Bank of England Agent and also founder of the Liverpool Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

You can see the porringer on display in ‘Voice of the workforce’, in The People’s Republic gallery at the Museum of Liverpool, where we explore 200 years of protest and the continuing fight for workers’ rights and social justice.

The 1911 riots are also explored in the Art in Revolution exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery, which runs until 25 September 2011.

A Centennial Commemoration ‘Liverpool’s Bloody Tuesday’ organised by the North West TUC will take place on Monday 15 August. For more details see the North West TUC website.

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