11 Nov 2019 | Radical Stroud

Prehistory: Why is it so entrancing?

Circles without Class Ceilings Why can prehistory be so entrancing? Why do some people find prehistory so entrancing? Why do they become so spellbound When walking by, let’s say, a long barrow? How do they become so transported in time and space? ...

11 Nov 2019 | Radical Stroud

History But Not As You Did In School

Did you get bored in your history lessons? Endless facts and dates. A dreary litany. Prehistoric Britain … The Romans … Those Anglo-Saxons and those Vikings … Then came the Normans … WELL HERE’S A NEW APPROACH A RADICAL RETHINK Questioning wha...

04 Sep 2019 | Radical Stroud

Ghost Mills Walks

Free, but just a few places left only - contact me if you wish to go: 9.45 - approx 13:00 FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 13TH A leisurely walk along the towpath follows past old mills to Bowbridge and thence Stroud. Uncovering a colonial landscape whilst in the f...

21 Aug 2019 | Radical Stroud

Peterloo and Revolution

REVOLUTION 1819-2019 This was the time when the age of Marx replaced that of Burke, The time when the ‘swinish multitude’ and ‘the mob’ became a working class, When there was not just the economic revolution of school textbooks, But also a presence...

28 Jul 2019 | Radical Stroud

Henry Hunt and Peterloo

‘With Henry Hunt, we’ll go my boys, With Henry Hunt, we’ll go, We’ll mount the Cap of Liberty, In spite of Nadin Joe. On the 16th day of August Eighteen hundred and nineteen, A meeting held in Peter’s Field Was glorious to be seen, Joe Nadin an...

22 Jul 2019 | Radical Stroud

Happy Birthday Thomas Spence

Coming events cast shadows before, Fings are wot they used to be, Not so much a la recherce des temps perdu As deja flippin’ vu: London on Thomas Spence’s birthday, (June 21st 1750) Today June 21st 2019: No need to try and slip through wormholes...

29 Jun 2019 | Radical Stroud

Radical Inns and Coffee Houses of London

Radical inns, taverns, alehouses, coffee houses, homes, houses, chapels, Institutes, debating clubs and Spencean ‘free and easies’ Derived from a reading of Radical Underworld by Ian McCalman, Radical Culture: Discourse, Resistance and Surveillance ...

29 Jun 2019 | Radical Stroud

Thomas Spence

Part the First Hear his Trumpet of Jubilee Take us far beyond the Tom Paine’s The Rights of Man, Far beyond votes and politics To agrarianism and ‘The People’s Farm’: The Jubilee, the day of freedom, The end of landlords when land would be held i...

02 Jun 2019 | Radical Stroud

The Life of Allen Davenport

Allen Davenport Prologue When you were there at the Hopkins Street political chapel, Or the Archer Street chapel in Soho, Or listening at the Mulberry Tree in Moorfields, In those months before the Cato Street Conspiracy, There, with Robert Wedde...

29 Apr 2019 | Radical Stroud

A Prehistory Trip to Stroud Museum

‘Museums make you more aware: Give You Sense Sensibility Knowledge A foothold in time Make you feel a part of it all’ It’s a right regular education When you visit Stroud Museum, To process through the rooms, On a trek to a prehistor...

11 Mar 2019 | Radical Stroud

Spring Equinox Walk

On Wednesday 20th March 2019, to mark the Spring Equinox, Radical Stroud will carry out a Walk to Circumnavigate the Arlingham Peninsula. There is much to note, remark on and celebrate on the way - Estuarine myths and legends; Ivor Gurney [who sailed...

05 Mar 2019 | Radical Stroud

Thomas Helliker: the Trowbridge Martyr

Prologue I have previously only known the name Semington from information boards on the Wiltshire and Berkshire Canal: a junction with the Kennet and Avon Canal. This is how ‘Heritage’ works: it fixes your view on space and time; it gives the past mea...

17 Feb 2019 | Radical Stroud

A Wiltshire Town and Peterloo

I travelled on the GWR, Built not long after the Orator’s death, Passing through a mill-scape valley Known well by quondam colleague, William Cobbett, On past antique ridge and furrow fields, To Swindon, a town that I am sure Henry ‘Orator’ Hunt ...