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.

Among the many highlights planned for the day are a banner-making workshop, the chance to paint your own placard, print a poster or t-shirt, story-telling and music workshops. Check out the full programme.

The project as a whole has marked the 170th anniversary of the Chartist “monster meeting” that took place on Kennington Common on 10 April 1848 – and from which the leaders of the Chartist movement took the third great petition demanding the vote to Parliament.

The project has already led to the creation of a website which will be an enduring resource and record of both the original monster meeting and the commemorations of 2018.

Over the past few months, a series of walks, talks and other events have seen leading Chartist historians offer their expertise – with audio recordings of talks by historians Professor Malcolm Chase, Dr Katrina Navickas, Steve Martin and Dave Steele all available online.

Richard Galpin, one of the leading lights behind the Kennington Chartist Project, says: “We would really welcome involvement from Chartist enthusiasts or anyone who is available on the day to help out as a volunteer.

“If people who know a bit about Chartism would be prepared to help out on our stands by sharing their knowledge with local people who want to find out more, that would be fantastic. We are also looking for stewards and general helpers - travel expenses and lunch provided!”

More info on volunteering here.

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