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!

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.