John Thelwall plaque 24 May

The John Thelwall Society and Heritage England are unveiling a plaque to John Thelwall, the democratic campaigner from the 1790s, is being unveiled on 24 May, with Lord Alf Dubs as one of the speakers. There is then a programme of talks, tea and a dinner.

John Thelwall: Political Orator, Writer and Elocutionist

The People’s Voice: a Legacy in Action

A celebration to coincide with the unveiling of

a Blue Plaque at the site of John Thelwall’s Institution

10:45 a.m.       Gather at 40 Bedford Place 4, WC1B 5JT( site of Thelwall’s first Institution  for Elocution and Oratory

11 a.m.            Ceremony of Unveiling: speakers/participants

Prof. Ronald Hutton, English Heritage

Lord Alfred Dubs

Mike Mansfield QC

Geoffrey Bindman QC

11:45 a.m.      To 57 Lincoln’s Inn Fields for reception and afternoon event (10 min. walk)

12 noon          Lunch reception at 57 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, WC2A 3LJ

1-2 p.m.          Tour of Thelwall’s second Institution, 57 Lincoln’s Inn Fields

2-5: p.m.         The People’s Voice: A Legacy in Action

2-2:20 p.m.     Introduction to Thelwall and his Institution

2:20-4 p.m.     Panel discussion with:

Steve Cowan, UCL Institute of Education on Thelwall and inclusive education: then and now

Christoph Houswitschka, Otto-Friedrich-Universitat Bamberg. on Thelwall in/and contemporary Europe

Penny Corfield, Royal Holloway, London University, pro-democracy campaigns: historical strategies and techniques

Leslie Thomas, QC & Thalia Murtagh, Garden Court Chambers, (post)colonial property rights in the West Indies

Felicity James, University of Leicester, on women and dissent 1818-1918-2018

4-5 p.m.          Readings and performances

  • Readings from Thelwall by John Rowe and Richard Gravil
  • Spoken-word/protest poetry by Zena Edwards

5-6 p.m.          Tea at Garden Court Chambers

6:30-8:30 p.m. Dinner at The Ship Inn, Lincoln’s Inn Fields – bring toasts (and satires, spoken or sung) in the Thelwallian spirit

RSVP: Judith Thompson,; by 10th May 2018


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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