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The following is an archive of Chartist commemoration activities in South Wales for the period September 2007 - November 2008.

 

2008  Chartist Events

 

THE NEWPORT CHARTIST CONVENTION | Sat 1st Nov 2008


A day event to celebrate the 169th Anniversary of the Newport Chartist Rising of 4 November 1839:





Public Lecture | THE MERTHYR CHARTIST FORUM 


Deference in Dowlais? 
Lady Charlotte Guest and the Chartists
  • A Public Lecture by Professor Angela V. John
  • Merthyr Tydfil Central Library, 15 Oct 2008
  • Press release here



CHARTIST CONFERENCE 2008 | Newport 

 

  • Sat & Sun 7, 8 June 
  • A day conference at The University of Wales, Newport
  • Organised jointly by the Society of Labour History & the Chartist Study Group
  • Programme details here

  


CHARTIST ANCESTORS | Merthyr Tydfil



 

 



2007 | Chartist Anniversary Events 


 

CHARTISM AFTER THE NEWPORT RISING | Nantyglo and Blaina Charter Group

 

  • 9 November 2007 
  • Nantyglo and Blaina Charter Group 
  • Annual Presentation of Local Social History 
  • Nantyglo Rugby Club, 7pm, Friday, November 9. 
  • Guest speaker, Brian Davies (Curator of Pontypridd Town Museum), Chartism After the Newport Rising: Merthyr Tydfil, 1839-1868  
  • Review here


See enlarged poster here (Source: The National Archives) 

 

   

WAITING AT THE OAK | Salem Chapel & Chartist Centre, Blaina

 

  • 7 November 2007 
  • The Nantyglo Charter Group present an evening of celebration of the Newport Rising of 4 November 1839. 
  • A concert featuring the Ebbw Vale Male Voice Choir, and a special presentation of Waiting at the Oak, written by John Prior and performed with songs by Frank Henessy, The Henessys, Heather Jones, Sharon Morgan and John Prior. 
  • Review here

 

DEMOCRACY DAY | Petition & Early Day Motion, Nov 2007

 

Nov 2007 | This years' Chartist anniversary clebrations saw the launch of a petition to Parliament for a Democracy Day bank holiday. In addition an Early Day Motion was tabled in the House of Commons by the MP for Newport West:

  • On Saturday 3 Nov 2007 at the Chartist Ancestors event, a petition was launched for the celebration of a Democracy Day bank holiday in November | Read South Wales Argus article here
  • On Tuesday 6 November an Early Day motion for Democracy Bank Holiday was presented to Parliament by the MP for Newport West | EDM 8 | DEMOCRACY BANK HOLIDAY | 06.11.2007 | Flynn, Paul | That this House believes that the pioneering sacrifices of those who sowed the seeds of British democracy should be celebrated with a new Bank Holiday on the Monday nearest to 4th November, the anniversary of the killing of more than 20 Chartist insurgents in Newport in 1839, recalling other significant events in the history of the Suffragettes (1903) and the Putney debates (1647); and calls for a fresh appreciation of the value of the courage and vision of past generations in order to defend, promote and develop Britain's democratic institutions. | Early Day Motion

  

CHARTIST TOUR | Newport Chartist Rising, 1839  


  • Sunday 4 November 2007 
  • A guided coach tour around Chartism sites across South East Wales, to commemorate the Anniversary of the Newport Chartist Rising of 4 November 1839. 
  • Organised by Herian (Heritage in Action) 
  • Itinerary and booking information here 

 



   

CHARTIST ANCESTORS | Pioneers of democracy


  • Saturday 3 November 2007 
  • St. Mary’s Institute, Stow Hill, Newport 
  • A day event to commemorate the Anniversary of the Newport Chartist Rising of 4 November 1839
  • Programme details here 
  • Event summary by Les James (12 Nov 2007) here
  • Chartist Rising by Les James | Newport Matters, The Official Newspaper of Newport City Council, October 2007: online version here  ; see also original versions,  Chartist Rising, pages 9-12, html here and pdf here

 

 

CHARTIST ANCESTORS | Pioneers of democracy 


  • Saturday 3 November 2007
  •  St. Mary’s Institute, Stow Hill, Newport
  • A day event to commemorate the Anniversary of the Newport Chartist Rising of 4 November 1839  
  • Programme details here

 





Announcing the Newport Chartist Mural Documentation Project | September 2007


 

20 September 2007The Newport Chartist Mural Documentation Project

Newport Museum and Art Gallery is producing the Newport Chartist Mural Documentation Project, in partnership with Modus and Public Art Wales.


  

The Newport Chartist Mural Documentation Project will be archived online at chartistnewport.org, which we plan to extend into an ongoing project to record the heritage of Chartism and public art in Newport and South Wales.

John Wilson, Guest Curator
Roger Cucksey, Keeper of Art, Newport Museum and Art Gallery

September 2007