On 19th January we are holding three events to commemorate the execution of the Luddites in York. Our evening Wake at the Black Swan (which has a limit on numbers due to the size of the venue) is now fully booked. However, the other events of the day are unlimited numbers-wise and all are very welcome.
The other events are:
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. Everyone welcome.
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.