Radical History

2023 Radical History School Programme

Back in person, this year’s school is themed around: Protest

Hosted in the Village Hall, 47 Main Road, Tolpuddle DT2 7HF

The fee of £100 for the Radical History School includes an adult Weekend Festival pass (you will need to book tent, campervan and vehicles passes separately).


Thursday 13 July

10.00 Arrivals  (tea and coffee will be available)
10.15 Introductions, Registration, the Tolpuddle Martyrs  with Les Kennedy 
10.45 Protest and survive: lessons in migration activism with Bridget Anderson Director Migration Mobilities Bristol, University of Bristol
11.45 Fiction, the marriage question and protest in late nineteenth century England,  reflections on Thomas Hardy with Fred Reid, Hon Prof, History University of Warwick
12.45 Lunch (Please bring your own packed lunch- tea, coffee & soft drinks provided)
14.00 Strikes and Suffragettes: militancy and collaboration between the Irish suffragettes and the labour  movement 1910-1914 with Dr Erin Geraghty, University of the West of England
15.00 Black Trade Unionism in 1920/30’s Britain with Wilf Sullivan
16.00 Tea and Biscuits
16.15 Popular protest in the Russian Revolution with Prof Chris Read, Warwick University
17.15 Finish

Friday 14 July

9.00 Village Walk with Tony Gould and a visit to the Old Methodist Chapel
10.30 The Ascott Martyrs: How a ‘bit of fun’ in support of striking agricultural worker, led to the imprisonment  in the summer of 1873 of 16 women and two babies from a village in the heart of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with Carol Anderson, Chair Ascott Martyrs Educational Trust
11.30 Marauders & Mediaeval Brigands? The Peace Convoy, Common Law and Common Rights with Dr John Callow, GMB and University of Suffolk
12.30 Lunch
13.30 The Domestic Workers Union of Great Britain and Ireland (1910-1914): a militant grassroots servants’  trade union with Dr Laura Schwartz, Reader in Modern British History, University of Warwick
14.30 Protest, public space and public order legislation in England since the 1790s with Katrina Navickas
15.30 Heritage Politics and Memories of Chartism, 1918 to the Present with Dr Matthew Roberts, Sheffield Hallam University
16.30 Resilience, resistance and confrontation: reform institutions for young working-class women in the nineteenth and early twentieth century with Dr Laura Harrison University of the West of England
17.30 Finish

Saturday 15 July

9.30 American workers singing protest, from the Civil War to the First World War with Dr Steven Parfitt
10.30 Strikes, Food Riots and Living Standards in the Yorkshire Coalfield 1786-1801 with Joe Stanley
11.30 Bread or Blood: riot in 1816 with Dr Rose Wallis University of the West of England
12.30 Wind up and review session with Les Kennedy


Purchase a ticket to the Radical History School here.