For the first time, the annual Chartist Convention will be held in The John Frost School, Newport, and we wish to thank the headteacher, Jon Wilson, and the governors of the school for their hospitality. The school (formerly Duffryn High School) now bears the name of the iconic Newport Chartist leader, and pupils will pay tribute to the Chartists through musical and other artistic contributions during the day.
The keynote speaker this year is Professor Malcolm Chase of Leeds University, who will be exploring Welsh Chartism in the aftermath of the Newport Rising of November 1839. Professor Chase is an old friend of the Convention. His central academic focus in recent years has been on radical politics in British history during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He has published a number of books in this field, which include Chartism: A New History (2007) and The Chartists: Perspectives and Legacies (2015).
Other speakers at the Convention will include Dr. Katrina Navickas of the University of Hertfordshire. An expert on radical protest in Lancashire and the West Riding of Yorkshire,Dr. Navickas has published a wide-ranging survey of the rise of mass movements in northern England, Protest and the Politics of Space and Place, 1789-1848 (2015). Her presentation will contain elements of this research and, in particular, her work with the Digital Team at the British Library to develop a tool called Political Meetings Mapper. In many ways this approach mirrors some of the areas addressed in Wales by the Cynefin Project and Trails to Trials: Chartism in Gwent.
Historians have always found newspapers to be a vital source of data but, with this new tool, notices of meetings can be now extracted and plotted on layers of historical maps. Meetings listed in The Northern Star, for example, can be used to create a new landscape of spatial patterns that will help shed light on many of the questions that have previously gone unanswered.
Peter Strong gave us a fascinating insight into the legal process during the trials of the Welsh Chartists in 1840 at last year’s Convention. This year he intends to speak on Henry Vincent’s 1849 Monmouthshire Lectures, while Les James and Sarah Richards will report to the Convention on recent developments in their research on aspects of Welsh Chartism. In addition, Dr. Elin Jones and Catrin Edwards will provide a presentation entitled Making History: developing a television programme about the Chartists.
There will also be a number of stalls present where books and ephemera will be available for purchase. In attendance will be representatives from Gwent Archives, Gwent County History, Gwent Family History Association, Newport Civic Society, Merlin Press, the Friends of the Newport Ship, and the Friends of Newport Museum and Art Gallery.
Chartist Convention 2016 - Provisional Programme
Morning Session Chair - Dr. Elin Jones
9.30 Registration and coffee.
10.10 Peter Strong - Demosthenes’ Return: Henry Vincent’s 1849 Monmouthshire lectures.
10.40 The John Frost School Choir - Chartist Songs
11.00 Coffee/ tea break.
11.15 Dr. Katarina Navickas- The Spaces of Chartism.
12.15 Lunch. Stalls, exhibitions, etc.
Afternoon Session Chair - Mr. Richard Frame
1.30 Dr. Elin Jones and Catrin Edwards - Making History: developing a TV programme about the Chartists.
2.15 Malcolm Chase - Looking beyond November 1839
3.15 Les James and Sarah Richards - Report on recent research.
4.00 Concluding remarks.
Travelling to the Chartist Convention.
By train travel to Newport High Street Station. It is not feasible to walk from central Newport to the Convention venue.
Taxis are available near the train station. The cost on a one-way taxi fare to The John Frost School is approx £12.
The bus station is a short walk away from the railway station.
By bus. From STAND 10 at the Central Bus Station take a 34, 35 or 36 bus to The John Frost School (formerly Dyffryn High School). The cost of a one-way bus fare is £1.70 Buses stop outside the school.
By car. From the M4 motorway leave at J28. Take the A48 towards Cardiff. After 1/4 mile turn left at the first set of traffic lights towards Tredegar House. Carry straight on over 2 roundabouts for about 2 miles. At the T junction turn right. The John Frost School is on your right. There is plenty of car parking at the school.
What about catering arrangements?
A light lunch can be purchased with you ticket. Delegates may bring a packed lunch if they prefer. There are no shops adjacent to the venue.
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
Registration is not transferrable or refundable
How can I contact the organiser with any questions?