Tolpuddle and Swing: The Flea and the Elephant

‘One and all, one and all, we’ll stand by one another’ Chant of a Sussex Swing mob (1830) ‘We will destroy the constables and threshing machines this year, next year we will have a turn with the parsons, and the third we will make war upon the statesmen’ Kent Swing activist (1830) Introduction In February this year a couple of members of Bristol Radical History Group travelled to Salisbury Guild Hall to witness the unveiling of a Trade Union plaque to commemorate the people who had passed […]

The Plaque Unveiled

The Thomas Clarkson Plaque was unveiled on the Seven Stars pub yesterday in front of a crowed of about 70 people. After a few short speeches Richard Hart cut the string and the curtains fell away to reveal the plaque in all its glory. If you see this text the video has failed to play. Please let us know by emailing brh@brh.org.uk. There is a small story about the plaque on the BBC website and one on thisisbristol. Richard Hart unveiling the plaque. The Thomas Clarkson plaque on the Seven Stars […]

Hanna The Big Prize Winner

Thank you to everybody who helped with the prize draw and thanks to Who's A'feard and Matt Owen for performing at the prize draw evening. Don't forget that the plaque is being unveiled on Friday 1st May. Here is a photograph of Hanna who won the main prize with her winnings. Thanks to Harvey for donating the bike and taking the photo.

Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay

From Poll Tax Struggles To Recession Resistance An event by Bristol Anarchist Book Fair on Thursday 23rd April 2009 at the Cube from 7:30pm. £2/3. 19 years ago when the Tories tried to introduce the community charge, or Poll Tax, in England & Wales, they were met with a campaign of mass grassroots community resistance, in the form of anti-poll tax unions. About 17 million people refused to pay, and used a diverse range of tactics to confront the state and tax collectors. What can we learn […]

Big Prize Draw

The Plaque prize draw is happening this Saturday night as part of another legendary Who's Afear'd. Tickets are £1 each and available from the Seven Stars pub in Redcliffe, the Beaufort Arms in Hawkesbury Upton. You will be able to get tickets on the night as well. If a grand prize draw and Who's Afear'd aren't e'nough Martin O'wen will be also be performing. Proceedings at the Seven Stars kick of at 8:30pm, suggested donation £2. The plaque unveiling is at lunch time on Friday 1st May and will […]

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