Tuesday 10 April see the commemoration of the 170th anniversary of the 1848 Chartist rally on Kennington Common, and the launch of the Kennington Chartist Project, a series of walks, talks, and workshops throughout the year.
A flag bearer will walk from each of the four meeting points of the Chartists in 1848, representing the four divisions of London Chartists:
East Division on Stepney Green at 8 o’clock; City and Finsbury Division on Clerkenwell Green at 9 o’clock: West Division in Russell Square at 9 o’clock, and the South Division in Peckham Fields at 9 o’clock and proceed thence to Kennington Common!
Join us in Kennington Park at 10.45 to welcome the arrival of the four flag bearers.
Come and find out more about the project and how you can get involved.
11.30am Walk 1: Remembering the Day: The 1848 Chartist Rally on Kennington Common.
Led by Marietta Crichton Stuart (Friends of Kennington Park).
2.30 pm Walk 2: Why Kennington? The 1848 Chartist Rally on Kennington Common.
Led by Jon Newman (Lambeth Archives)
Free, but numbers for the walks are limited, please book via eventbrite
Lots more exciting details to come about this project!
In the spring of 1848, as revolution and unrest raged across Europe, Kennington was at the centre of the fight for social justice in Britain. Tens of thousands of people gathered on Kennington Common on the 10th of April, demanding the right to vote.
The Chartist movement was a popular campaign that saw working people come together behind the Charter’s six demands for democratic reform, at a time when only those with land and property were allowed to vote. The story of the Chartists’ fight for justice included dedicated women’s groups, and inspirational figures such as Anne Knight, who produced what is thought to be the earliest leaflet on women’s suffrage, and the radical William Cuffay, son of an emancipated slave.
Fast forward to 2018 — when Brexit, Trump, #Metoo and Black Lives Matter are in the news, amid fears of a breakdown in democratic values — and it’s a key time to ask – What is the legacy of #Kennington1848 today?
About the Kennington Chartist Project
Kennington Chartist Project is an initiative by local residents to celebrate Kennington Park’s dramatic place in the history of protest and democracy. Supported by the Friends of Kennington Park, and the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.
1848 & 1968 – From Chartism to Anti-Vietnam War
Read Keith Flett (Guardian letter writer and London Socialist Historians Group) at