Save Our Chartist Mural

"Following the recent decision by Welsh Preservation group, Cadw, not to list Newport's much-loved Chartist Mural for preservation, the local council have now announced that they plan to knock it down to make way for a £100m shopping centre planned by commercial developers, Queensberry Real Estate. The 'Save Our Chartist Mural' campaign would therefore like to invite you to become one of our supporters (1,600+ facebook followers and 3,400+ petitioners) by joining our demonstration and helping us […]

South Wales Chartist Convention

The *South Wales Chartist Convention *(hosted by the new University of South Wales ) is being held on Saturday 2nd November 10.15 - 16.15 at the university's City Campus, Newport. This event is free of charge for all, but advanced booking is required to les.james22@gmail.com. Also if required, please order ticket(s) immediately for the optional buffet lunch available at £6 per person. Of course, you can make your own arrangements for lunch. The Coffee shop will be open all day until 3pm. City […]

William Morris Moore (1813-1841)

This article was first published in the Tewkesbury Historical Society Bulletin 20 (2011). Having written an article for last year's Bulletin on Chartist activities in the area, I thought it appropriate that a closer study should be made of the chief Tewkesbury Chartist, William Morris Moore. Moore was the son of William and Elizabeth Moore, baptised on 11 July 1813 at Hathern, Leicestershire, a village approximately three miles north-west of Loughborough. The occupation of his father is not […]

Chartism In Tewkesbury And District

This article was first published in Tewkesbury Historical Society Bulletin 19 (2009) “Last hope, to England turn their anxious eyes, And weary Parliament with ceaseless cries” Ernest Charles Jones (1819-1869) Chartist and poet. Two lines from a long poem The New World written in prison 1848-50, partly in his own blood on pages torn from a prayer-book. The Chartist Movement was at its most active during the decade 1838-1848 and was arguably the first mass working-class political movement that […]

William Penn Gaskell (1808-1882)

This article was originally published in Cheltenham Local History Society Journal 28 (2012). "Let the people think they govern and they will be governed." William Penn (1644-1718) Some Fruits of Solitude 1682 William Penn Gaskell was born on 20 February 1808 at Burnham, Buckinghamshire. He was the son of William Penn Gaskell senior and his wife Elizabeth; they had a small family estate at Great Marlow. The Gaskells were descended from William Penn, the Quaker leader and founder of Pennsylvania. […]

Newport Chartist Convention

This year's 'Newport Chartist Convention' is being held at the City Campus of the University at Newport from 11am to 3pm Key note speaker: Professor Malcolm Chase (Leeds University) "Welsh Chartism: Looking beyond November 1839" Malcolm Chase is the leading Chartist historian in the UK today - author of 'Chartism: a new history" (2007) In this lecture, Professor Chase will draw upon his recent Llafur article (2010) "Rethinking Welsh Chartism" and place the Rising at Newport in 1839 into a […]

The Chartists And Their Legacy

The Chartists are commonly regarded as the first mass working class movement of the 19th Century. Their demands for the vote, secret ballots and the end of property qualifications are now standard fare in most democracies but at the time rocked the British establishment to the core, leading many to think that revolution was imminent. We bring together a panel of renowned historians to discuss the origins, achievements and the local significance of the Chartist Movement in the South West. Dorothy […]

The Newport Chartist Convention 2011

Saturday 5 November - 11.00am startSt. Mary’s Institute, Stow Hill, NP20 1JJ A Newport surgeon (Roger Morgan, re-enactor) will report on the injuries sustained in Newport on the morning of November 4th, 1839 and demonstrate how the wounded were treated. And there will be ‘time travelling’ lecturers with ‘magic lantern slides’: Karin Molson, on behalf of Shire Hall ‘Campaign’ Project, will show DVDs made with young people involved in ’active citizenshi’ that has been inspired by the Chartist […]

Wiltshire History Day

Organised by White Horse Trades Union Council on 6th November 2010 at St. Margaret's Hall Bradford-on-Avon from 10am. Talk subjects include Chartists and Swing rebellions in Wiltshire as well as strikes in Swindon. You can find more details about this event on Socialist Unity where you can read blogger Andy Newman's assertion that BRHG take "a fundamentally anti-working class and anti-trade union approach" (comment 27). He goes on to say: "there is a smart alec, middle class, know-all-ism about […]

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