A day to remember

On a sunny day in late May, a group from our Hampshire branch travelled to London to visit Congress House, home of the TUC.

The building was officially opened in 1958 and deemed a fitting memorial to the heroism and gallantry of trade unionists in the second world war.  It is currently Grade 2 listed.  Two major sculptures are features of the building.  Above the main entrance is a Bernard Meadows composition in bronze representing the strong helping the weak or the spirit of brotherhood.  The other, in a vast enclosed courtyard, is Sir Jacob Epstein’s powerful war memorial of a mother cradling her dead son.  Our group’s host at the TUC was Sam Gurney .  We were fortunate to have someone of his calibre.  He is both an enthusiast of the building and of the TUC’s work.

After lunch in the canteen , Sam  showed us around the impressive interior of the building, providing a interesting commentary on the work carried out within its confines.  The capacity of the building exceeds the TUC’s current needs and its future is under review.

A fascinating visit, given colour and humour by our host.

The trip was organized by Joe Hannigan, a member of the Retired Members Section committee.  Thanks, Joe.

Chris O’Neill

Chair, Hampshire Unison Retired Members Section

27 Jun 2024