Thursday, 21 June 2018

Join the great Chartist day out - 7 July 2018

The Kennington Chartist Project culminates on Saturday 7 July 2018 with a day of workshops, participation and action in Kennington Park. It looks great – so if you are free on the day, please go along.

In fact, if you know a bit about Chartism or could otherwise help out, the project’s organisers are looking for volunteers. Find out more about volunteering.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Video: London Chartism author David Goodway on the events of 10 April 1848

Great to see Dr David Goodway, author of the first (and only) full-length study of London Chartism speaking at Kennington Common on Chartism Day 2018. Here's the video...

Find out more about Dr Goodway's book London Chartism 1838-1848.

Read the Illustrated London News account of the Kennington Common monster meeting of 10 April 1848.

Read about the Orange Tree conspiracy of 1848.

Friday, 1 June 2018

A list of Chartist leaders - but where did it come from, and when (and why) was it compiled?

My collection of Chartist ephemera now includes this intriguing four-page document. Entirely without preamble or explanation, it lists 44 of the best known figures in Chartism, their names apparently written in their own hand.

My first thought when I got my hands on it was that this was the delegate list for a conference taking place on 19 November 1841 - a date which appears very clearly on the final page.

However, with further investigation, that appears not to be the case, and I have to say that it is not entirely obvious when the list was created or why. What I do know, and some thoughts about what it might represent, are set out here.

Download a PDF showing the document in full.

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.