Monday, 9 May 2016

Chartism Day 2016: time to register

The programme and registration details for Chartism Day 2016 are now confirmed. Details of the speakers and topics are set out below - and the date is set for Saturday 11 June 2016. Sign up now to reserve your place.

Download the registration form.

Friday, 29 April 2016

The private life of Thomas Slingsby Duncombe

The Chartist MP Thomas Slingsby Duncombe was a notorious libertine, a “Radical dandy” whose “saturnine good looks, easy manner and silver tongue” made him a favourite in high society – a man “with a voracious appetite for women of dubious reputation”.

An account of Thomas Slingsby Duncombe’s life can be found on Chartist Ancestors.

Friday, 15 April 2016

Feargus O'Connor on land purchases and the Chartist land bank manager who thought better of it

Feargus O’Connor was a prolific writer. For many years he penned weekly addresses to the Chartist readers of the Northern Star each of which ran for thousands of words. In addition, he engaged in political polemic with opponents and rivals, and wrote copious advice on agricultural practices for those who shared his interest in small-scale farming.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Chartism Day 2016: time to regiser

The annual Chartism Day conference returns to Chester this year. The event takes place on Saturday 11 June and all are welcome – but please register beforehand via this email link.

Monday, 11 April 2016

Where did those alloted land under the Chartist land plan come from?

The Chartist land plan was a bold if doomed attempt to settle industrial workers on smallholdings bought with the shareholder contributions of thousands of ordinary Chartists.

Although the plan collapsed amid acrimony and accusations of illegality, it succeeded in allocating land and cottages to some 250 Chartists. The map below shows the location of the settlements and home towns of the settlers.