Friday, 1 May 2015

Chartism Day 2015: Newcastle upon Tyne, Saturday 13 June

Venue: Armstrong Building, University of Newcastle

9.45–10.00 Introduction and Welcome (Joan Allen)

10.00–10.45 Philip Lockley, ‘Chartism and millennial religion’

11.15–12.00 Sara Daly, ‘Trails to Trials’ (Chair: Les James)

12.00–1.00 Malcolm Chase, ‘“Brothers under Oppression”: Chartists and the Canadian Rebellions of 1837–38’

  • Alice Denham, ‘John Skelton: Socialist, Chartist and Herbalist’
  • Rachel Buckley, ‘“Coming forward manfully for the  cause of liberty”: Mary Ann Walker and Susanna Inge as public women during the Chartist movement’

3.45–4.45 Simon Rennie, ‘Re-forming for Reform: Political: implications of revision, re–publication, and  pseudonymity in the poetry of Ernest Jones’

Everyone is welcome and admission is FREE. Those wishing to attend are asked to register by Friday 5 June for catering purposes: a simple email to the organiser JoanAllen will suffice. Precise timings of the programme may change slightly.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Remarkable Reynolds: celebrating the 200th birthday of a Chartist

G W M Reynolds' birthday cake (made by Kathy Newport
of Cracking Cakes)
The Chartist journalist and author G W M Reynolds was a sociable chap, who every year for two decades closed down his Reynolds Newspaper business for two days to take the entire staff for an annual “festival” of food, drink and games.

So hopefully he would have appreciated the celebration of his life and work held to mark his bicentenary at the weekend which culminated in sparkling wine all round and a slice of 200th birthday cake.

George William McArthur Reynolds was by turns a prominent teetotal campaigner and ardent opponent of the teetotal cause, a religious sceptic, lifelong republican, Chartist orator and journalist, and quite possibly the most prolific author of the Victorian era.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Remarkable Reynolds: join the bicentenary celebration

Here is an update from the organisers of the Remarkable Reynolds event taking place on 26 July 2014. Full details below if you would like to go along...

'Remarkable Reynolds: Dickens's Radical Rival', Saturday 26th July 2014, Westminster Archives Centre

We are delighted to announce that 'Remarkable Reynolds: Dickens's Radical Rival' will now close with cake and a wine reception to toast Reynolds's Bicentenary. See

Thursday, 3 July 2014

George Julian Harney: The Chartists were Right

George Julian Harney was among the most important of the Chartist leaders. Almost uniquely, he was active throughout the movement’s history, having been a radical long before the Charter was published and living on, his political interests undiminished, until near to the end of the 19th century.

Best known as a journalist and editor of the Northern Star, Harney was a staunch internationalist and a prominent figure in the National Charter Association’s post-1848 adoption of a socialist programme. It was Harney who befriended Engels, Marx and a host of European exiles in the wake of the year of revolutions, and Harney’s own paper, the Red Republican, which first published the Communist Manifesto in English translation.

Monday, 28 April 2014

Chartism Day 2014 - Ireland and British Democracy

Chartism Day 2014 takes place in Galway, beginning on Friday 4 July and running through Saturday 5 July.  This year’s theme is Ireland and British Democracy.

Registration is now open for anyone who would like to go along.