Chartist Ancestors Merthyr Tydfil



 

 

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CHARTIST ANCESTORS 

Merthyr Tydfil  

  

Community Chartist Stories – Our Chartist Ancestors

Market Square Church Hall, Merthyr Tydfil 
Saturday 12th April 2008, 10h00-16h30
 
Hosted by the Dic Penderyn Society

 

Celebrating Chartist Merthyr



 

 

 THE UNENFRANCHISED! | RALLY AROUND YOUR FLAG
The REPUBLIC for France, and the CHARTER for England

Poster for a Chartist Public Meeting at Merthyr Tydfil, 20 March 1848
Image source: The National Archives



CHARTIST ANCESTORS | Merthyr Tydfil

  • This event celebrates the 160th anniversary of the 3rd Petition for the Charter which was presented to Parliament on April 10th 1848.
  • Five of the six demands of the Chartist's Petition now form the basis of our modern system of democratic political representation in the United Kingdom.
  • Have you signed the online Petition for Democracy Day ? > Sign the petition here for a new Democracy Day public holiday for November 4th, the day when over 20 Chartists gave their lives in the cause of democracy at the Newport Chartist Rising in 1839
 
 

Programme

 

10h00 - Refreshments


10h30 - Introduction

Les James, South Wales Centre for Historical and Interdisciplinary Research, University of Wales, Newport


 10h45 - Chartism in Merthyr’s radical political history 

Huw Williams, Dic Penderyn Societ

 

 

11h30 - Locating Merthyr’s Chartist story 

in its landscape 

Short Guided Walk in the immediate neighbourhood 

Viv Pugh,  Dic Penderyn Society



  12h30 - Buffet Lunch   



13h30 - Chartist Ancestors Stories   

 

Session led by Les James, University of Wales, Newport

 

  • Lyndon Harris - descendant of the John family, leading Merthyr Chartists, talks about their connection with Vulcan House 
  • Sylvia Taylor - tells the story of her ancestor, Wright Beatty, one of the insurgents at the 1839 Newport Chartist Rising (published in BBC Magazine Who do you think you are?’ Number 7 edition, April 2008- available now in shops)
  • Pat Horner - talks about her great great great grandfather, James Horner, who despite arrest in 1839, went on agitating for Chartism

  • Colin Gibson (Gwent Record Office) - reveals new research on John Frost’s Descendants

 

14h30 - The Heads of the Valleys Chartist Project   

Kim Colebrook, HERIAN – Heritage in Action

 

 

14h45 - Refreshments      

 



15h00 - Community Stories Symposium 

Led by Kim Colebrook, HERIAN – Heritage in Action

 Community Groups participating in the Chartist Project - 

Aberdare, Blackwood, Blaenavon, Blaina, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouth, Newport - share their Chartist stories




16h15 - Event summing-up 

Pat Drewett, Newport Accent Trust & 

Viv Pugh, Dic Penderyn Society    

 

 

16h30 - Close   




 Registration

 


FREE ENTRY & REFRESHMENTS – OPEN TO ALL

By prior booking

Guarantee your place: 

Tel 01685 723968 or e mail info[at]herian.org

or write to HERIAN

Ynysfach Engine House, Ynysfach Rd, Merthyr Tydfil CF48 1AG

 

 

 

Acknowledgements


 

Hosted by 

The Dic Penderyn Society

Supported by 

HERIAN – Heritage in Action

SWCHIR - University of Wales, Newport

Voluntary Action Merthyr Tydfil 

Newport Accent Trust 

chartistnewport.org 

Funded by 

The Heads of the Valleys Programme

 

  

 

 

The Merthyr Rising 1831 - 

"When for the first time in British history the red flag of revolution was flown"

 


O! Ye who love glory, WE heed not the story
Of Waterloo won with the blood of the brave,
But we dare the rough storm, in the cause of
reform,
Then let the red banner triumphantly wave

[ Welsh Chartist Song ]

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