Friday, 7 July 2017

Transcribing the Chartist Land Company registers

In the first of two guest blog posts, Peter Cox outlines how a U3A project is making a significant contribution to the study of Chartism by transcribing the identities of Londoners, women and French residents who subscribed to the Chartist Land Company.

A few years ago I became mildly peeved that the Suffragists were getting all the headlines – research, plays, and now a film. The Chartists, who made all the running two generations earlier and suffered for it, had been neglected in popular culture. Since retiring I’d written a three books on aspects of contemporary history, and was looking for another challenge, so I thought I’d try my hand at writing a Chartist play. I bought all the books on Chartism I could find and set about it.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Chartism Day 2017: from biscuits and salt pork for the troops to surrealist Chartist images and a lost letter

Some 20 years on from the first ever Chartism Day, each year’s event still brings word of archive discoveries, exciting new images and innovative ways of “doing history” that shed light on the people who made up the Chartist movement and how they thought and acted.

Chartism Day 2017 was no exception. Organised by Dr Katrina Navickas and colleagues from the University of Hertfordshire history department, this year’s conference visited Heronsgate – better known to those with an interest in Chartism as O’Connorville.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

George Julian Harney on "something of vital importance"

In the summer of 1839, George Julian Harney found himself under arrest in Warwick Gaol and facing trial for his use of “seditious language” to foment the “Grand National Holiday” or general strike called for by the Chartist Convention.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

The Chartist Ancestors Databank is back

I am pleased to say that the Chartist Ancestors Databank has now returned to the Chartist Ancestors website.

The databank has been offline since the site was hacked earlier this year. I am rebuilding it at a new address (, but the process is taking time, and it has taken me a while to get round to restoring the databank to live.

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!