Tuesday, 15 May 2018

National Charter Association membership cards

I cannot resist a bit of Chartist memorabilia, and the National Charter Association membership card shown here was one of my first and best acquisitions. I think it cost me £30 on eBay. I often get asked about it, so here are a few observations...

The National Charter Association was founded at a conference in Manchester in February 1840, putting the movement on a sound organisational footing following the rejection of the first Chartist petition and the suppression of the Newport Rising.

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Big upgrade to the Chartist Ancestors Databank

The Chartist Ancestors Databank has had a major update. Thanks to the addition of a three big new data sets listing Chartist women, Londoners and France-based Chartists, the running total of names now exceeds 14,000.

You can find out more about the Chartist Ancestors Databank and download the full databank itself in Excel format here.

Monday, 16 April 2018

Chartism Day 2018: programme and registration

This year’s Chartism Day conference takes place at University College London on Saturday 9 June 2018, with speakers covering a wide range of topics, from the place of song in Chartism to the role played by the Polish émigré Bartłomiej Beniowski in the early days of the movement.

The day is open to all, with a fee of £10 to include tea/coffee breaks and lunch. But you will need to REGISTER HERE.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Abel Heywood - the Chartist who built Manchester's town hall

Manchester's Radical Mayor: Abel Heywood, The Man who Built the Town Hall
By Joanna M. Williams (The History Press, 2017)

Abel Heywood’s memory deserves better. Search on Google for the man who almost personified Liberal Manchester in the middle decades of the 19th century and you will find page after page about a boutique hotel bearing his name.

Finally, eventually, an entry in the DNB appears before we go back to more hotel guest reviews. And that is about it.

Fortunately, a new biography by Joanna Williams sets out to recover the life story of this important figure from Manchester’s radical past – from the campaign for a free press in the 1830s, via Chartism and the Liberal Party to the office of mayor.

Monday, 6 November 2017

Cartoon 1. Thomas James Arnold on 10 April 1848

"10 April 1848" by John Paget.



The first cartoon in the series serves as a sort of title page to the set. It shows Thomas James Arnold, police magistrate at Worship Street police court - and the subject of the series of illustrations.