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Chartism Newsletter #20 (April 2018)

edited by Malcolm Chase


 “Labour is the source of all wealth” – Kennington Common, 10 April 1848-
Detail from one of the daguerreotypes made by William Edward Kilburn




2] Kennington Chartist Project


3] The 2018 Bronterre O'Brien Commemorative Address

4] Publications on Chartism - addenda

5] Talks about Abel Haywood

6] Web Watch– John Collins, Chartist


1] CHARTISM DAY: Saturday 9 JUNE 2017

Venue: Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS) – Common Ground, South Wing University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT



10-10.45 Rhian E. Jones, “The Rebecca Riots: Gender, Culture and Popular Protest in Early Victorian Wales”

10.45-11.30 Emma Harris, “Bartłomiej Beniowski, the London Polish émigrés and the early Chartist movement”

11.30-11.45 Break

11.45-12.30 Peter Cox, “Transcribing the Land Company share register”

12.30-13.30 Lunch

13.30-14.15 David Kennerley, “Strikes and singing classes: The politics of sound in 1842 and after”

14.15-15.00 Mike Sanders, “Redemption Songs: From Charter to Rasta”

15.00-15.15 Break

15.15-16.00 Alison Denham, “A whirlwind of ideas in 1840s London”

16.00-16.45 Jacob Dengate, “From Euphoria to dismay: a closer look at Chartist responses to the Revolutions of 1848”


17.45: Meet at Kennington tube station for a special evening session hosted by the Kennington Chartist Project (followed by a social gathering in an appropriate pub).

• David Goodway on 10 April 1848

• Richard Galpin on the Kennington Chartist Project

• Steve I. Martin on Black involvement in working-class movements in London and in Chartism

19.00 Drinks


Fees: £10, including tea / coffee breaks and lunch.


Please register here:


Contact: Fabrice Bensimon


2] Kennington Chartist Project


Great things are happening in Kennington. As well as hosting the evening session of Chartism day, the Kennington Chartist Project is organising an attractive programme of events. The Project recently secured National Lottery HLF funding for its ambitious mission to build awareness of the 10 April 1848 Chartist meeting. Events include:


• Tuesday April 10th 2018 Commemoration and Project Launch: Kennington Park. A flag bearer will walk from each of the four meeting points of the Chartists in 1848, representing the four divisions of London Chartists. Meet in Kennington Park at 10.45 to welcome the arrival of the four flag bearers. Press launch at 11am. Followed by guided walks of the park at 11.30am and 2.30pm


• Talks: April to October 2018 – speakers include SI Martin, Katrina Navickas, Dave Steele and Malcolm Chase. free, booking via


• Walks: a series of guided walks of the park beating the bounds of the old common.


• Workshops with primary schools, and a group of local 16-24 yr olds, exploring writing a new charter, and the traditions of oratory, protest song, and banners.




3] The 2018 Bronterre O'Brien Commemorative Address 11.00am, Saturday May 5th 2018


Melissa Benn, writer and campaigner, will give this year’s Bronterre O'Brien address, at O'Brien's grave in the evocative surroundings of Hackney's Abney Park cemetery. Meet at the front entrance to Abney Park Cemetery, on Stoke Newington High Street at 10.45; all are welcome.

(For further information contact


4] Publications on Chartism, 2017 – addenda

Please send any further items to Malcolm Chase (


Josh Gibson, ‘The Chartists and the Constitution: Revisiting British Popular Constitutionalism’, Journal of British Studies 56:1 (2017) 70-90


Alexander Hugh Jordan, ‘Thomas Carlyle and Political Economy: The “Dismal Science” in Context’, English Historical Review 132:555 (2017) 286-317 (touches on the reception of Carlyle among Chartists and Owenites)


Joanna M. Williams, Manchester's Radical Mayor: Abel Heywood, The Man who Built the Town Hall (The History Press, 2017), 265pp


And an addition to the 2016 bibliography

Linda Crust , Thomas Cooper: a very giant of a man (Potterhanworth, Lincoln: CRB Associates, 2016), 79 pages


5] Talks about Abel Haywood

Joanna Williams (author of the new book about Abel Heywood (see Publications above) is doing several talks in the Manchester area over the coming months about this distinguished Manchester politician, Chartist and pioneer of the unstamped press. Check out her author’s page on Amazon (accessible when you search for the book).


6] Web Watch – John Collins, Chartist

Extensive website created by a great-great-great grandchild of the important Birmingham chartist.




Chartism Newsletter # 19 (January 2018)

edited by Malcolm Chase *Leeds University)



From Northern Star, January 1848





2. Publications on Chartism, 2017

3. Elegy for the Chartist Poets

4. Media Watch



1] CHARTISM DAY: Saturday 9 JUNE 2018

For the first time ever, the 2018 Chartism Day will be held in London. The venue will be University College, Malet Street, Bloomsbury (nearest tube stations Euston, Goodge St or Warren St). Save the date: further details will be available in due course.

Expressions of interest to contribute should be sent to the organisers:



2] Publications on Chartism, 2017

This list will not be incomplete. Please send any further items to Malcolm Chase (


Edward Beasley, The Chartist General: Charles James Napier, the conquest of Sind, and imperial liberalism (Routledge), ix, 377 pp


Kate Bowan and Paul A. Pickering, sounds of liberty: music, radicalism and reform in the Anglophone world, 1790-1814 (Manchester UP), xiii, 378pp [includes further development of the authors’ article in Labour History Review, 2009, on Chartism and music]


Malcolm Chase, The popular movement for parliamentary reform in provincial Britain during the 1860s’, Parliamentary History 36:1 (2017), 14-30


Brian Davies, ‘The Chartists of Llanfabon and Gelligaer’, Gelligaer Journal, vol 24 (2017) pp. 42-53 [312 of a total of 377 men and boys employed in the four local pits turned out for the 1839 march on Newport. For more details see]

Josh Gibson, ‘The Chartists and the constitution: revisiting British popular constitutionalism’, Journal of British Studies 56 (January 2017), 70-90


Josh Gibson, ‘Natural right and the intellectual context of early Chartist thought’, History Workshop Journal 84 (Autumn 2017), 194-213


Casie LeGette, Remaking Romanticism: The Radical Politics of the Excerpt (Palgrave), 256pp [examines how British romantic authors were excerpted and reprinted in the radical press, including Chartist papers]


Henry Miller, ‘Free Trade and Print Culture: Political Communication in Early Nineteenth-Century England’’, Cultural and Social History, 14:1 (2017), 35-54


Katrina Navickas and Adam Crymble, ‘From Chartist Newspaper to Digital Map of Grass-roots Meetings, 1841–44: Documenting Workflows’, Journal of Victorian Culture 22:2 (2017), 232-42


Stephen Roberts, Annotated Bibliography of Chartism, 1995-2018 (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform), 79pp


Tom Scriven, Popular virtue: continuity and change in radical moral politics, 1820-70 (Manchester UP), ix, 223pp


Michael J. Turner, Radicalism and Reputation: The Career of Bronterre O’Brien (Michigan State UP), xii, 374pp


Greg Vargo, An Underground History of Early Victorian Fiction: Chartism, Radical Print Culture and the Social Problem novel (Cambridge UP), xiv, 278pp


And an addition to the 2016 bibliography

Rob Breton, The oppositional aesthetics of Chartist fiction: reading against the middle-class novel (Routledge, 2016), 158 p


3] Elegy for the Chartist Poets

To supplement the preceding listing, there is a notable addition to modern poetry that takes aspects of Chartism as its subject. ‘Elegy for the Chartist Poets’ is a sequence of six poems that concludes the latest collection of poetry by Ian Parks, Citizens (Smokestack Books, 2017; ISBN 978-0-9955635-6-8).


4] Media Watch

Listen out for a new documentary series on BBC Radio4, devoted to the history of socialism and presented by Anne McElvoy. An early episode will be devoted to the Chartist movement.


This is an occasional newsletter. It is not intended to replace the several excellent websites devoted to Chartism, but simply to circulate quickly news and details of events that may be of interest.


Feel free to send items to and, equally, to pass this on to anyone who may be interested.