Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Chartism Day 2017: bookings now open

Plans are well under way for Chartism Day 2017. This year's event takes place on Saturday 17 June in Rickmansworth, and is being hosted by the University of Hertfordshire Heritage Hub Local & Regional History Research.

Put the date in your diary. Find out more. And reserve your place now!

Monday, 20 March 2017

Charterville: a view of the Chartist land settlement

The Chartist settlement at Minster Lovell in Oxfordshire was the fourth of five model villages set up under the aegis of the National Land Company. Consisting of nearly 300 acres of land and renamed Charterville, its smallholdings were settled one by one during the summer of 1848.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Chartist Ancestors site hacked and down

Regrettably, someone has hacked the main Chartist Ancestors website. They have deleted the content from around 100 of the 120 pages and substituted a whole lot of spam text.

Thursday, 2 February 2017

A shared view of the Chartists: L'Illustration and the Illustrated London News

It is interesting to note that the great Chartist rally of 10 April 1848 made news across Europe at a time when many European radicals had other things on their mind. This was, after all, the Year of Revolutions, during which, it has rather unfairly been suggested, other countries overthrew their monarchs and proclaimed constitutions while in Britain we organised a petition.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

The Chartist who crossed the road and his father the special constable: one family's radical heritage

Chartists must have travelled long distances on the morning of 10 April 1848 to take part in the Monster Meeting on Kennington Common that was to precede the presentation to Parliament of the third great petition for the Charter.

But for Henry William Street, it was just a matter of crossing the road on which he lived to join the throng.