CELEBRATIONS continue for the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Owen, Newtown’s celebrated philanthropist and the inspiration for the Co-operative movement, next weekend.

On Sunday, May 23, from 2-4pm there will be a free live online event with a fantastic line-up of speakers.

Colin Laker, the curator of the Robert Owen Museum in Newtown, will speak on Robert Owen’s legacy. Mick Antoniw, Member of Senedd for Pontypridd and an expert on employment issues, will talk about the Senedd’s and the Co-operative party’s approach to improving working conditions in Wales. Sara Vicari, who is an international filmmaker and researcher, will introduce one of her films recording a story of successful platform co-operativism. The celebrated author of Modern Slavery and campaigner on social justice and employment rights will talk on the relationship between Robert Owen’s views and modern slavery.

This is a live event and break-up groups will follow with each of the key speakers leading a group. Finally, Eluned Morgan will talk about the Welsh Government’s support for acknowledging Robert Owen’s legacy.

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For further information email inspiredbyowen@btinternet.co.uk.