‘The Useable Past in Seventeenth-Century England’ Saturday, 23 October 2010, University of Warwick, Wolfson Research Exchange

Colloquium Announcement

This interdisciplinary colloquium will showcase cutting-edge work in the field of early-modern historical culture, including the archaic, antiquity, the county and civic past, family history and the landscape.

Speakers include Ronald Hutton, Philip Baker, Jan Broadway, Fiona Youngman, Lucy Munro and Nicola Whyte.

For more information please contact the Organizer, Matthew Neufeld, at useablepast@gmail.com

Readings and Representations of the Seventeenth Century

‘Such Total and Prodigious Alteration’/‘The Wounds May Be Again Bound Up’: Readings and Representations of the Seventeenth Century’

An academic conference to be held in Chetham’s Library, Manchester, 28th-29th January,
2011

A  forum for researchers in all disciplines whose work spans all or any part of the long seventeenth
century. We also encourage papers discussing subsequent representations of  the
period in all areas of culture.

Confirmed speakers include:

Rosanna Cox (Kent),
Jeremy Gregory (Manchester),
Helen Pierce (York),
George Southcombe (Oxford),
Jeremy Tambling (Manchester),
Edward Vallance (Roehampton)

Abstracts of 300-500 words to be sent to James Smith (Manchester) and Joel Swann (Keele) by 15th
October 2010:
c17.conference@manchester.ac.uk

CFP here.

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Radical Radio

I’m on the wonderful Little Atoms radio show tonight (Fri 11th June) at 7pm talking about A Radical History of Britain. Tune in to Resonance 104.4fm if you live in London, or listen online via their website if you live elsewhere in the world. The show will be available as a podcast later.

Thomas Spence mini-fest 2010

MONDAY 21ST JUNE 2010

2.30pm. Broad Garth, Quayside. The unveiling of the Thomas Spence plaque at Broad Garth, Quayside, Newcastle, by the Lord Mayor of Newcastle, with a short speech by Dr Keith Armstrong, Chair of The Thomas Spence Trust, and Armstrong’s ‘Folk Song for Thomas Spence’ performed by Gary Miller, singer-songwriter of North East band ‘The Whisky Priests’.

2.45pm. Informal reception with talks, readings from Spence and poems and songs in his honour in the Red House, Sandhill, Quayside.

(Anyone not already invited to the unveiling and the reception and wishing to attend should contact Dr Keith Armstrong on 0191 2529531).

7pm Literary & Philosophical Society Library, Westgate Road, Newcastle.  The Workers’ Educational Association and The Thomas Spence Trust present short talks on Spence by Professors Joan Beal (University of Sheffield), Malcom Chase (University of Leeds) and Alastair Bonnett (University of Newcastle), with readings from Spence by Dr Keith Armstrong.

(ADMISSION FREE).

TUESDAY 22ND JUNE 12.30PM

Marsden Grotto, Coast Road, South Shields. A TOAST FOR TOM. Drinks, poems and songs in Spence’s honour at the Grotto where Spence visited ‘Blaster Jack’ and first coined the phrase ‘The Rights of Man’ by chalking on a cave wall.

(ALL WELCOME).

MONDAY 28TH JUNE 2-3PM.

MEETING ROOM 7, 6TH FLOOR , NEWCASTLE CITY LIBRARY.

THE HIVE OF LIBERTY: The Life and Work of Thomas Spence.

Talk by Dr Keith Armstrong, Chair of The Thomas Spence Trust.

THERE WILL ALSO BE A DISPLAY OF SPENCE’S WORKS ON THE 6TH FLOOR OF THE LIBRARY, RUNNING FROM MONDAY 21ST jUNE TO MONDAY 5TH JULY.

FURTHER EVENTS, LATER IN  2010, INCLUDE THE NEWCASTLE LAUNCH OF THE RE-PRINT  OF PROFESSOR MALCOLM CHASE’S ‘THE PEOPLE’S FARM’.