John Thelwall: Radical Networks and Cultures of Reform Conference 21-23 July


The second international John Thelwall Society Conference, John Thelwall: Radical Networks and Cultures of Reform 1780-1820, will be taking place over the weekend of 21-23 July 2017.

All the conference panels will take place at One Friargate Square, which is part of the University of Derby campus and home to the Derby Law School.

Programme includes:

  • keynote speech by Professor Jon Mee (York)
  • visit to Derby’s Local Studies Library (home of Thelwall’s “Derby Manuscript”)
  • ‘Radical Pub Night’ in the Old Bell Inn, Sadler Gate. This will include a performance of speeches and addresses assembled from material in the archive performed by an ensemble of actors. See poster here:

Thursday 20 July

6.30-8pm. ‘Enlightenment Derby: A Guided Walk’ offered by Derby Local Studies and Family History Library.  If you wish to attend this event, please contact the Local Studies Library direct.


Friday, 21 July. 1pmff

 Starts with registration etc, Panels on “Origins” and “Nature and Art”

7.30pm.  Radical Pub Night


Saturday, 22 July. Starts 8.45am

Key note address, Panel on “Erasmus Darwin”; lunch; Conference Excursion: Visit to the Local Studies Library, Derby, to view the Thelwall Holdings; afternoon tea; Panel on “The Legal Trials”; wine reception; Conference dinner

Sunday 23 July. Starts 9.30am

Panels on “Local Networks”, “Radical Urban Landscapes”, “Global Implications”; Society AGM

Full details at

Annual John Thelwall Lecture – Saturday 5 August

Yasmin Solomonescu on ‘Thelwall! Thou shouldst be living at this hour’ (by Skype)

Jerwood Centre in Grasmere.

Other talks will be on the theme ‘Romantics! Thou shouldst be living at this hour.’  

Attendance is free to John Thelwall Society members and otherwise costs £10.

For details see Wordsworth Trust website:

Blue Plaque to Thelwall

The John Thelwall Society application for a Blue Plaque in London has been given the green light by English Heritage. It will be placed on the site of Thelwall’s original London Institute – 40 Buckingham Place, Bloomsbury. This is currently part of the Grange Buckingham Hotel. The plaque cannot go on the Institute in Lincolns Inn Fields because of the nature of the building material.

The unveiling will be in Spring/Summer 2018, together with a half day conference (possibly at Lincolns Inn Fields).


About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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