Di Parkin became a radical political activist from 1963 – first in the Labour Party Young Socialists (as a Trotskyist), and later in the International Socialists and Workers Socialist League in the 1970s. She had a two year break in the sunnier climes of anarcho-syndicalism in late 60s. In the 1980s to 2000s she was employed as an equality and women’s officer in local government. Her 1987 PhD studied nation, class and gender in World War Two.

Di has published on gender, a history of Betteshanger Colliery in Kent, activism in the North of Ireland and with BRHG on the workhouse study 100 Fishponds Road. She has been involved with BRHG since 2010 and now lives in France.

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