The 1842 General Strike, Richard Pilling and the Lancashire Chartists

Book launch

Sunday 6 December, 1.00pm – 3.00pm 

Front Cover of 1842 BookThe PHM shop will host an illustrated book launch by the author Mark Krantz. Book tickets for this free event here.

The General Strike of 1842 has been largely forgotten. Those who organised and led what was at that time the ‘biggest general strike in the history of the world’ are almost hidden from history.

Mark Krantz will introduce his new book that tells the story of the strike, the people who led it, and the politics of the period.

‘The 1842 General Strike was the pinnacle of the Chartist movement. Mark Krantz’s latest pamphlet evokes and delivers a brilliant depiction of this significant historical event. Concise, passionate, and powerfully written, it truly inspires us. He breaks the pamphlet up into readable chunks of information; he never overburdens the reader, but instead offers gentle, intellectual snapshots of each moment. I particularly relished the fact that Krantz offers a section to the women of the strike – most people tend to ignore women activists right up until the militant suffragettes arrived on the scene – but Krantz offers everybody involved in the strike a voice.’ Helen Antrobus, Business Development Officer, People’s History Museum

Mark Krantz will be delivering a ten week Worker’s Educational Association (WEA) course, People Make Their Own History, at the museum on Mondays from Monday 11 January to Monday  21 March 2016. Places on the course are limited, please book now through WEA.

People Make Their Own History

Chartists march at New Cross ManchesterThe course will cover Peterloo and the Chartists; the struggles over jobs, against Fascism, and for access to the countryside in the 1930s; fighting Section 28 and for LGBT rights in the 1980s; to Stop the War, and the protests against the Bedroom Tax, and at the Conservative Party Conference in 2015.

Living History characters, access to the museum’s exhibitions and the Labour History Archive & Study Centre will ensure an inspiring course of study.

This course has been popular and well received – see comments below from previous course attendees:

  • ‘This course was really interesting – very well taught, the tutor was an excellent facilitator and enabled the students to participate fully.  The museum itself was inspirational.’
  • ‘I have not attended any course of study for many years, but found my feet ok at this one and really enjoyed it.’
  • ‘Good to feel positive about coming to the sessions’

PrintThis is a WEA learning experience in association with the People’s History Museum. Mark is the author of two pamphlets; Rise Like Lions – The History and Lessons of the Peterloo Massacre of 1819 and The 1842 General Strike; Richard Pilling and the Lancashire Chartists.  Both pamphlets are available at the PHM shop.

  • Course runs Monday 11 January to Monday 21 March (half term break on Monday 15 February)
  • 1.00pm -3.00pm
  • Suitable for adults aged 19 and over
  • Cost £65.10 or free to those in receipt of means tested benefits
  • Booking required. Please contact WEA on 0151 243 5340 or book online via WEA’s website.  Please quote course ref C3838091
  • *Please note this is a ten week course, attendees are required to book onto all ten weeks of the course*