The Chartists

Quorn Grange Hotel, Sunday 14th January 2018, 10.30am to 4pm.

The Chartists were the first working class political movement anywhere in the world. They began the struggle for universal suffrage – votes for all – that took more than 130 years to finally achieve. This struggle for democracy shook the Victorian world to its foundations; saw industrial workers step on to the political stage, was opposed by the authorities at every turn, and saw the beginnings of mass, modern-style, campaigning.

Rallies, street corner meetings, political journalism and theatre were all honed by the Chartists. At O’ Connorville they attempted to build a utopian, rural, society – at Newport they were met with soldiers and a hail of lead shot.

In this day school, the words, the deeds and the songs of the Chartists help illustrate a story of struggle and sacrifice that one of us should ever forget. Dr Mike Sanders, of Manchester University, who has published widely on the subject, will lead-off a lively discussion.

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