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 […]

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 […]

Gloucester Local History Day

Saturday 2nd October 2pm-5pm Sir Thomas Richs School Longlevens A fair days wage for a fair days work- workers movements in Gloucestershire Talks include: Work wages and protest in Gloucestershire 1738-1830 by Prof Adrian Randall Swing riots in Gloucestershire Chartists and the Chartist Land Company in Glocestershire by Rev John Evans Cost £5 including tea& biscuits

Spring Events

As well as the Morris Beckman event at The Cube on 1st March 2010 Bristol Radical History Group are planning a series of events for April around the theme of the inevitable General Election: Bristol Radical History Group Election Special The Struggle for Democracy in Britain Recent British histories arrogantly claimed that the ‘we’ brought democracy to the Empire and ultimately the world in the 19th and 20th Centuries. Despite centuries of struggle to wrestle power from an elite few, the vote in […]