Radicalism and Popular Protest in Britain 1790-1820

This academic conference commemorates the 200th anniversary of the Uprising of June 1817

Event date: Friday, 9 June 2017 at 9.00 AM

Described by E.P. Thomson as 'one of the first attempts in history to mount a wholly proletarian insurrection, without middle class support', the Pentrich Uprising of June 1817 happened nearly 200 years to the date of this conference.

To explore this event, the conference will consider popular protest and radical reform movements during the outbreak of social and political unrest; the tumultuous years of war, famine and unrest between 1790 and 1820 and how this became central to debates about the history of modern Britain. We will examine how several revolutions have changed our understanding of this period.


09:00 Arrival and Registration

09:30 Opening of Conference - Keynote by Professor Malcolm Chase, 'Exploded Plots and Disseminating Poison: Pentrich, Oliver the Spy and Home Office Intelligence, 1816-20'.

10:30 Refreshment Break

10:50 'Rethinking the Riot' - Nathan Bend and Dave Steele

11:40 Refreshment Break

12:00 'Rethinking the Riot' - Dr Joe Cozens and Dr John Stevenson

12:50 Lunch Break

13:30 Radicalsim in Space, Place and Time - Dr Matthew Roberts, Susannah Owen and Dr Tom Scriven

14:45 Refreshment Break

15:15 Keynote by Emeritus Professor Carolyn Steedman FBA, 'Remembering Jeremiah Brandreth, Arnold Wesker and E.P. Thompson'.

16:15 Close of Conference

When and where

  • Derby Museum and Art Gallery, DE1 1BS
  • Friday 9th June 2017
  • 9am arrival, 9.30am start
  • 4.15pm close