19 September 2012

Rethinking Luddism in Nottinghamshire: 22 September 2012

Dr Matthew Roberts will be giving a talk revisiting the Luddism of Nottinghamshire framework knitters on Saturday, 22nd September 2012, at 2pm in The Sparrow's Nest, St Anns.
"As is well known, the epicentre(s) of Luddism was not in Nottingham itself but in the surrounding villages. Many of these villages were still essentially rural communities. The Luddism of the villages was part of a repertoire of protest acts (arson, poaching, even robbery and attacks on rural property), the origins of which were to be found in the traditions and customs of the English rural community. The Luddites were not semi-professional criminals divorced from their wider community. Rather, Luddite cells grow organically from kinship, neighbourhood and trade connections. The talk will also challenge the view that Luddism in Nottinghamshire was constitutional and moderate."
To entice you further, the poster for the event states "there WILL BE TEA. There MAY BE CAKE"!

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