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Vote 100 Talks: The Great Preston Strike 1853-4

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Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library

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The 1853-4 Preston cotton strike (or rather lockout) was one of the biggest events in Preston’s history. For eight months the cotton industry in Preston was largely shut down, and with exceptional organisation and support from across the region the cotton workers held out for eight months before returning defeated. This long and bitter strike shattered the supposed mid-Victorian ‘age of equipoise’ and attracted national attention.

Those who wrote about the strike included the novelists Charles Dickens and Elizabeth Gaskell, the revolutionary Karl Marx, the Lancashire factory master Henry Ashworth, and the radical Samuel Bamford. The rich collections of material in the Lancashire Archives allow this episode to be brought back to life, and suggest new questions about the role of women and of civil society.

Dr Robert Poole is Guild Research Fellow and Reader in History at UCLan, Preston.

This event is part of a series of talks on democracy, leading up to the anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918.

100 years ago, all men over 21 and women over 30 years old received the vote if they were either a member or married to a member of the Local Government Register, a property owner, or a graduate voting in a University constituency.

For more information on Vote 100, please visit Parliament.uk or #Vote100

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