On Saturday, 19 January 2013, York Alternative History have organised a series of events to commemorate the Show Trial at York Castle of 66 alleged West Riding Luddites in January 1813 and the subsequent execution by hanging of 17 of their number.
1300-1500: Talks at The Guildhall, St Helen’s Square, York
Katrina Navickas (University of Hertfordshire): Luddites in the landscape: defending custom, community, and common law
Malcolm Chase (University of Leeds): Political prisoners at York Castle: a broader perspective
Alan Brooke (Huddersfield Local History Society): The legacy of Luddism
This is a major opportunity to hear three great speakers give a different view than the idea that Luddism was some sort of backward-looking movement, violently opposed to technological progress. The Luddite movement will be set in its wider historical context as part of the quest of working people for freedom and justice. There will be a chance for questions and discussion and a bookstall by the Huddersfield Local History Society. Entry is free but there will be a collection to cover the costs of the room and speakers.
1545-1630: Assembly and procession to the site of the executions at York Castle
After the meeting we will gather outside in St Helen’s Square before processing to York Castle. We will be carrying candles and placards with the names of those executed and wearing white armbands in their memory. When we reach the site of the execution at York Castle there will be a short commemorative event and a memorial will be left at the site. Everyone welcome.
1930-2300: The Luddite Wake at The Black Swan, Peaseholme Green, York
In the evening there will be an evening of radical songs, words and music in the upstairs room of a local pub to celebrate the Luddites and the First Birthday of York Alternative History. Entry is free but there will be a collection and a raffle to cover expenses. Numbers are limited and booking a seat is essential – contact by email below.