Monday, 14 September 2015

Bristol Radical History Meetings

Justice For Alice Wheeldon!

Date: Monday 28th September, 2015Time: 6:00pm-8.00pmVenue: Studio 1 & 2, First Floor, MSHED, Princes Wharf, Wapping Road, Bristol BS1 4RN
: Chloe Mason and Sheila Rowbotham
Price: Donation

In 1917, socialist, feminist and anti-war activist, Alice Wheeldon, her daughter Winnie and husband Alf Mason were given long prison sentences for supposedly plotting to kill the Prime Minister Lloyd George and Arthur Henderson, the leader of the Labour Party. The evidence was flimsy, their accuser an MI5 agent provocateur so dubious the prosecution kept him away from the trial.

Last autumn as part of our Women Resisting the Great War meeting, Sheila Rowbotham, renowned historian and feminist, spoke about the case. Since then Sheila's book Friends Of Alice Wheeldon has been re-published and Chloe Mason, great grand-daughter is visiting the UK as part of her campaign to clear the name of Alice and other family members. Sheila and Chloe will discuss the new evidence they have uncovered, the issues it raises and its bearing on the ongoing campaign.

Full details on our website: here For more information email

This meeting is organised by the Bristol Remembering the Real World War One Group

Pauper deaths and burials in Victorian England
Date: Thursday 15th October, 2015Time: 6:00pm-7.30pmVenue: Studio 1 & 2, First Floor, MSHED, Princes Wharf, Wapping Road, Bristol BS1 4RN
: Di Parkin and Roger Ball (BRHG and Eastville Workhouse Memorial Group)
Price: Free

Funeral ceremonies were very important to middle class Victorians, with detailed and often elaborate rituals to mark the passing of cherished family members and those deemed ‘important’. But for paupers who died in the workhouses, things were very different. Building on continuing research into the unmarked graves behind the site of Eastville workhouse, Bristol, this talk exposes the contrast in treatment between rich and poor in death.
This meeting is organised by UWE Regional History Centre as part of its M Shed Seminar Programme, 2015-16

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