Thursday, 15 November 2018

Join the GWM Reynolds Society

GWM Reynolds
The newly formed international G.W.M. Reynolds Society exists to promote the enjoyment and study of the work of GWM. Reynolds.

Best-selling fiction writer and rival to Charles Dickens, Chartist, radical, newspaper editor, and entrepreneur, Reynolds was famous (or perhaps infamous) in his day.

Although he is less well-known now, his reputation has been growing for some time. Emerging out of a collaboration between the University of Roehampton, London, UK, and DePaul University, Chicago, US, the Reynolds Society aims to bring Reynolds even more to the attention of the wider public and scholarly community.

Initially, the Reynolds Society will facilitate connections between those reading and studying Reynolds, through its database of scholars and experts, and the blog. In the future, this activity may lead to events and collaborations such as the 2014 bicentenary event Remarkable Reynolds, held in London at Westminster Archives Centre.

To become a member, please email Jennifer Conary with your name and host institution.

If you wish to be added to the online database of Scholars and Experts, which will be hosted on this website, please also provide:

  • your area of interest (100 words max)
  • any publications you have done on Reynolds (3 max)

Please also sign up to follow the blog for the latest society news, member research, cfps, and more.

Friday, 9 November 2018

Policing the Chartists: a truncheon from April 1848

The truncheon shown here is the latest item to join my collection of Chartist memorabilia. Some 18 inches in length, and decorated with a royal crest and lion, it earns its place in the collection because of the date, written in black on a gold background: April 10, 1848.

The date places it as one of the countless staves issued in the weeks before the Chartist monster meeting on Kennington Common to the 4,000 London police officers on duty that day and to the 85,000 special constables sworn in to help secure the capital.

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.