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.

Monday, 16 April 2018

Chartism Day 2018: programme and registration

This year’s Chartism Day conference takes place at University College London on Saturday 9 June 2018, with speakers covering a wide range of topics, from the place of song in Chartism to the role played by the Polish émigré Bartłomiej Beniowski in the early days of the movement.

The day is open to all, with a fee of £10 to include tea/coffee breaks and lunch. But you will need to REGISTER HERE.