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Saturday, 4 November 2017 from 13:00 to 17:00 (GMT)


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JOINT Chartist Convention 1:30pm PLUS Music evening 7:30pm featuring "The Chartists" band   more info 4 Nov 2017 £18.00 £0.00
Chartist Convention only 1:30pm   more info 4 Nov 2017 £10.00 £0.00
"The Chartists" band music event only 7:30pm   more info 4 Nov 2017 £9.00 £0.00
STUDENT - Chartist Convention only - 1:30pm   more info 4 Nov 2017 Free £0.00

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Chartist Events at Newport Cathedral    Saturday 4th November 2017

Chartist Convention 2017

12 noon           Convention Registration opens

12:15               Refreshments

12:30               Cathedral Tour - Jeremy Knight

13:30               Chartist Convention introduction – Paul Flynn MP

13:45               The Bristol Riots 1831 – Roger Ball

14:30               Events in Newport at the time of the Bristol riots – Les James

15:15               Refreshments

15:30               The Rebecca Riots – Rhian Jones

16:30               The Chartist Scarecrows – Ray Stroud

17:00               Concluding remarks  - Close of Convention

Chartist Commemoration in the Cathedral grounds

18:00               Chartist Commemoration event in the Cathedral grounds.  Free admission

Chartist Music Evening

19:30               "The Chartists" band - radical music at the Pen & Wig pub, Stow Hill,    

PLEASE NOTE THE VENUE Enjoy a great night out on Sat 4th Nov with "The Chartists" band playing radical Chartist songs at the Pen & Wig pub on Stow Hill, opposite the Westgate Hotel, Newport - doors open 7:30pm                                                          

Chartist Convention programme details

The Chartist Convention this year takes place at St. Woolos, Newport Cathedral, on 4th November, and  will be chaired by local M.P. Paul Flynn, and by Dr. Elin Jones.  The Convention’s main theme looks out from the 1839 Newport Rising to other aspects of popular 19th century radicalism, with contributions from speakers on both the Bristol Riots of 1831 and the Rebecca Riots 1839-43. 


Rhian E. Jones is the Convention’s keynote speaker this year.  Rhian grew up in South Wales and now lives and works in London, where she writes on history, politics, popular culture and their intersections.  In 2015 Rhian published Petticoat Heroes: Gender, Culture and Popular Protest in the Rebecca Riots.  This is a book which draws upon cultural history, gender studies and symbolic anthropology to present fresh and alternative arguments on the meaning of Rebeccaite costume and ritual; the significance of the feminine in protest; the links between protest and popular culture.  It is this theme that will provide the central focus for Rhian’s talk to the Convention. 


Other Convention talks will be directed towards the Bristol Riots of 1831, as Les James puts the Bristol Riots into the context of Newport during the early 1830s, while Bristol Radical History Group’s Roger Ball will develop the significance of these events during, and after, the Reform Crisis of October 1831.


The fate of the “The Chartist Scarecrows”, namely Richard Benfield, John Lovell, John Rees, Jenkin Morgan, and Charles Waters, who were removed from their cells in Monmouth gaol at 5am on Friday 27th February 1840, to be sent to Millbank Penitentiary will be highlighted by retired history teacher, Ray Stroud.  Ray will consider the impact that incarceration had on both the lives of “The Scarecrows”and the Chartist Movement as a whole.

The Convention ends at 5pm followed by an opportunity for delegates to have refreshments in the Cathedral hall before attending the annual commemoration ceremony which will take place at 6pm outside in the Cathedral grounds at the Chartist Memorial Stone.

At 7:30pm, "The Chartists" a local band perform radical music in the Pen & Wig pub on Stow Hill (opposite the Westgate Hotel).  "The Chartists" have been busy recording a new version of the story of the Chartists. It was originally done back in the early 1980s as a radio program for the BBC and later released on vinyl. It was really a folk-rock concept album featuring drums, bass, synths and electric guitar.  Earlybird tickets via Eventbrite.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Minimum age 16


What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Newport Cathedral, St. Woolos, is situated within a 1 mile walk from Newport train/bus stations.

Regular bus services - routes  2A, 2C, and R1 - run to the Cathedral from the central bus station. 

There is free on-street car parking close to the Cathedral.   Two car parks are situated on Stow Hill towards the city centre.


How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

send an email to the organiser  Patrick Drewett at 


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St. Woolos - Newport Cathedral
Gwynllyw - Cadeirlan Casnewydd
Stow Hill
NP20 4EA Newport - Casnewydd
United Kingdom

Saturday, 4 November 2017 from 13:00 to 17:00 (GMT)

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Our Chartist Heritage

Inspiring today’s citizens with a passion for justice and truth which roused yesterday’s Chartist and Suffragette reformers.  We celebrate the profound impact which Newport had on the shaping of British democracy through its central role in the 1839 Chartist Rising and we promote the city nationally and internationally as “Newport – City of Democracy”.

Our Chartist Heritage aims to “advance the education of the public in the history and heritage of the Chartist movement and other similar reform movements; and to advance the education of the public in civic responsibility and good citizenship.”

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