This lecture explores the role which religious ideas played in the Chartist struggle for basic democratic rights. It focuses on three particular examples. The lecture begins by considering the ‘revolutionary sermons’ of the ‘Chartist’ preacher, the Reverend Joseph Rayner Stephens. It continues by examining the role of Chartist and Democratic Chapels within the movement. Finally, it explores the ideas contained in the only surviving Chartist hymnal – the ‘National Chartist Hymn Book’. The lecture will consider both the reasons why religion was important to the Chartist movement and the ways in which Chartism challenged conventional Victorian religious ideas.
Dr Mike Sanders is Senior Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century Writing at the University of Manchester. He is particularly interested in Chartism and in nineteenth century working-class radicalism and culture more generally. He serves on the executive committee of the ‘Society for the Study of Labour History’ and is an Educational Trustee for the General Federation of Trades Unions. His current research project explores the role of religion within the Chartist movement. His publications include, ‘The Poetry of Chartism: Aesthetics, Politics, History’ (published by Cambridge University Press in 2009), as well as articles in ‘Victorian Studies’, ‘Victorian Poetry’, ‘Victorian Periodicals Review’ and ‘Victorian Literature and Culture’.
This is a free event and takes place at 7:30pm on Monday 30 April 2018 in the Brontë Lecture Theatre (BLG/05), University of Huddersfield. The lecture theatre will be open from 7pm.
The programme for the Huddersfield Local Studies Library’s Lunchtime Club 2018 has been announced:
January 17 — The Holocaust: An International Story With Local Significance by Jayne Leach of Huddersfield University
March 21 — Pubs of Holmfirth, Past and Present by local authors Pam Cooksey and Alan Tinsdeall
May 23 — Huddersfield Humanitarians: Local Responses to 20th Century Conflicts by Dr Rebecca Gill of Huddersfield University, Local Studies Staff Member Frank Grombir & Adam Millar of University of Leicester
July 11 — All Huddersfield: Our Town on the Wireless in the 1920s by Christine Verguson of Huddersfield Local History Society
September 19 — History of the African-Caribbean Community in Huddersfield by local historian Natalie Pinnock-Hamilton
November 14 — World War One Memorials, Seen and Unseen by acclaimed historian Dr Anne Brook
The Lunchtime Club is an informal meeting of people with an interest in Local History. Meetings are held every two months in the Light Reading Room of the library. Meetings begin at 1pm. Light refreshments are provided.
Wilshaw Village Hall Committee are currently raising funds in order to acquire the village hall (formerly St. Mary’s Schools) as a community asset.
As part of the fundraising activities, a 5.2 mile circular “Welly Walk” is taking place on the afternoon of Sunday 29 October 2017 and will offer walkers a chance to view the scenic countryside surrounding the small village. The route for the afternoon is detailed in this PDF document.
If you would like to take part and make a donation towards this worthy cause, the walk starts at 1pm from Church of St Mary the Virgin (postcode HD9 4DZ), Wilshaw.
Donations can also be made online via PayPal to email@example.com.
This year’s annual Family and Local History Fair is taking place on Saturday 4 November between 10am and 4pm at Cathedral House, St Thomas’ Road, Huddersfield, HD1 3LG.
There is ample free parking and admission is £3. Accompanied children, aged under 16, can enter for free.
Whether a beginner or experienced family historian, or interested in local history, there will be something for everyone.
A large number of stands and exhibitors including a variety of family and local history societies, books, maps and genealogy supplies and software. The Huddersfield Local History Society will be exhibiting at the event.
As well as lectures on Family History related topics, refreshments available throughout the day.