Writer, editor and researcher – mostly about history and work

Archives: January 2017

Victorian history: a collective effort…

I am most decidedly not an academic or professional historian. I shy away from describing myself as a historian at all – preferring to think of myself as a writer with an interest in certain aspects of history.

But I have always enjoyed support and encouragement from real historians and have learned a lot from them. Chartist Ancestors would not be what it is without their generous help.

So many thanks to Digital Victorians (@DigiVics) and Helen Rogers (@HelenRogers19c) for this on Twitter…

Blog post: Henry William Street – Chartist

Here’s a new blog post on Henry William Street. As a young man, he took part in the Chartist “monster meeting” on Kennington Common on 10 April 1848 which was to have preceded a march on Parliament to present the third great petition calling for the Charter to be implemented.

The Chartist who crossed the road and his father the special constable: one family’s radical heritage.

The post originated with an email from Henry’s great granddaughter Jennie Street, who learned of the site when she met doctoral student and Chartist enthusiast Vic Jane Clarke…

Jennie was kind enough to share her family records and photograph with me and to allow me to share them with the wider world.